Asia/Africa/Australia update: June 5 2017

AUSTRALIA An overnight shooting and hostage situation in Melbourne appears to have been a terrorist attack: Australian police are treating as a “terrorist incident” a Melbourne siege in which a gunman was killed. Officers went to an address in a suburb of the city on Monday after reports of an explosion and found one man… Continue reading Asia/Africa/Australia update: June 5 2017

Conflict update: April 25 2017

SYRIA This morning, Turkish aircraft struck Kurdish targets in Iraq’s Sinjar region and around the town of Derika (also known as Dayrik and al-Malikiyah) in northeastern Syria. The Syrian YPG militia says that 20 of its fighters were killed in the strikes, while Turkey claims that it killed 70 “militants” across both targets. The Iraqi… Continue reading Conflict update: April 25 2017

Conflict Update: January 22 2017

So our guests left a short time ago, whereas I thought they were staying another day for some reason. Leaving on Sunday makes a lot more sense, now that I think about it, but anyway that leaves me free to do a little Bad News Digest tonight. Iraq OK, the news isn’t all bad. Eastern… Continue reading Conflict Update: January 22 2017

Conflict update: January 20 2017

Site Update The rest of January is going to be a difficult one for regular blogging. We have guests in from out of town who are participating in tomorrow’s march in DC, and while things will return to normal early next week, I’ll be traveling at the end of the week for family reasons. Tonight’s… Continue reading Conflict update: January 20 2017

Conflict update: January 19 2017

The Gambia Private Citizen Yahya Jammeh, whose presidency still exists only in his own imagination, began his day by finding out that his vice president, Isatou Njie Saidy, had quit. He spent his day hearing about the inauguration of new Gambian President Adama Barrow in the Gambian embassy in Senegal (which is Gambian soil, technically)… Continue reading Conflict update: January 19 2017

Conflict update: January 18 2017

NOTHING MATTERS LOL ♫ It’s the final countdown… ♫ Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016, trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of… Continue reading Conflict update: January 18 2017

Conflict update: January 13 2017 (UPDATED)

OK, so, it’s been a long day and I’m getting started on this very late, so no time to dilly dally. Of course, if I don’t finish this by midnight I’ll just post it and then keep adding stuff to it after midnight, per my usual routine. Oh, you didn’t know I did that? I’m… Continue reading Conflict update: January 13 2017 (UPDATED)