Europe/Americas update: August 23 2018

HUMAN RIGHTS Say, remember back when the United States government used to pretend to care about human rights? When sometimes it would complain that this or that country was doing awful human rights things, and then we would all look over at Saudi Arabia or Israel–or, say, at a mirror–and laugh? Yeah, me too: President… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 23 2018

Europe/Americas update: August 21 2018

CLIMATE CHANGE Building off of last night’s update, here’s some more fantastic climate news: The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer. This phenomenon – which has never been recorded before – has occurred twice this year… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 21 2018

Europe/Americas update: August 20 2018

As always when I take a few days off we’re going to skip over what happened while I was gone unless absolutely necessary. CLIMATE CHANGE Don’t look now but parts of the Arctic permafrost aren’t permanently frosted anymore: Every winter across the Arctic, the top few inches or feet of soil and rich plant matter… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 20 2018

World update: August 10 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN “Dozens” of people were reportedly killed in an overnight Taliban assault on the city of Ghazni. It’s unclear how close the Taliban came to capturing the city, but judging from the descriptions by Afghan authorities–who are naturally going to be inclined to downplay any Taliban successes–they probably came pretty close before the Afghans,… Continue reading World update: August 10 2018

World update: August 9 2018

ASIA ARMENIA/AZERBAIJAN If you talk about “settlements” in a contemporary geopolitical context the assumption people usually have is that you’re talking about Israel’s settlements in the West Bank. Joshua Kucera writes about a lesser-known settlements situation in the parts of Azerbaijan surrounding the Armenian breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh: Unlike Nagorno-Karabakh, the population of which had… Continue reading World update: August 9 2018

World update: August 2 2018

ASIA TAJIKISTAN Not willing to let a good crisitunity pass, the Tajik government has reportedly already tried, convicted, and sentenced 14 members of the outlawed Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan for their alleged involvement in a hit-and-run attack that killed four bicyclists just earlier this week. Talk about speedy justice. ISIS claimed responsibility for that attack,… Continue reading World update: August 2 2018

Europe/Americas update: July 7-8 2018

EUROPE REPUBLIC OF NORTH (?) MACEDONIA Several thousand people turned out in Skopje on Sunday in an opposition-organized protest against the Macedonian government’s deal to change the country’s name to the “Republic of North Macedonia” in order to appease the Greek government and potentially advance its membership bids for both the European Union and NATO.… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 7-8 2018