Middle East update: June 12 2018

SYRIA The United Nations says that over 900,000 Syrians were displaced in the first four months of 2018. That figure blows past the highest number of displaced persons created in any four month period since the Syrian war–a war that has displaced almost 12 million people both internally and as refugees–began. A possible government offensive… Continue reading Middle East update: June 12 2018

Asia/Africa update: September 27-28 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Defense Secretary James Mattis visited Afghanistan on Wednesday, and either ISIS or the Taliban decided to welcome him to the country by firing rockets at Kabul’s international airport after his flight touched down. Both groups claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed at least one civilian, wounded 11 more, and forced the airport… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: September 27-28 2017

Happy UAE National Day!

December 2 is a national holiday in the United Arab Emirates, commemorating the day in 1971 when its six (later seven) component emirates, formerly known as the “Trucial States,” stopped being British protectorates and united into a single independent nation. Happy birthday, UAE! There’s evidence of human activity in the area known today as the… Continue reading Happy UAE National Day!

Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy most anything else

If you’re at all familiar with Arabic society, you know that it has some roots in the pastoral nomadic lifestyle of the Bedouin, who have herded sheep, goats, and camels around the Arabian peninsula and into the Syrian and Egyptian deserts for as long as people have been keeping written records in and about that… Continue reading Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy most anything else