World update: March 4 2019

I’ve got some things to take care of this evening, so today’s update is a little truncated and early. Back for more tomorrow. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces are making slow progress in their offensive to capture the border town of Baghouz and with it ISIS’s last enclave of Syrian territory. Around 500… Continue reading World update: March 4 2019

World update: March 2-3 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban launched another attack on Camp Shorab in Helmand province on Friday night, killing at least 23 Afghan soldiers in an engagement that lasted into Saturday evening. At least 22 Taliban fighters were reportedly killed. In a separate attack in Sar-e Pol province on Saturday, the Taliban killed at least nine Afghan… Continue reading World update: March 2-3 2019

Europe/Americas update: February 23-24 2019

EUROPE EUROPEAN UNION The European Union is reportedly trying to expand its Libyan concentration camp model to the rest of Africa, but for some reason the African Union is resisting. The EU has an agreement with the Libyan government, such as it is, that allows it to return migrants from Libya, when picked up in… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 23-24 2019

World update: February 22 2019

ASIA PAKISTAN The Financial Action Task Force warned Pakistan on Friday that if it doesn’t clean up its links to extremist groups by May it will likely land itself on the FATF’s blacklist. Pakistan is currently on the group’s “gray” list, which makes it harder for Islamabad to access international funds, but getting bumped to… Continue reading World update: February 22 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 17 2019

EUROPE RUSSIA At LobeLog, Mark Katz wonders if the US withdrawal from Syria is helping push Gulf states toward Russia: Moscow, of course, is very pleased that, because of the potential U.S. withdrawal from Syria and the fear of what Iran may do there afterward, Gulf Arabs are more likely to view the Russian presence… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 17 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 16 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE So the good news is that the Trump administration has its very own plan to deal with climate change, one that will replace that dummy Barack Obama’s climate plan. Which is fine, Obama’s climate plan wasn’t nearly as drastic as the situation requires. The problem, though, is that Donald Trump’s plan to deal… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 16 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 15 2019

EUROPE EUROPEAN UNION US and European Union negotiators will begin talking about trade issues later this year, but it already looks like they’re going to have a pretty rough time reaching an accord: The EU’s executive body will meet Tuesday to firm up the bloc’s parameters for talks expected to launch later this year. It… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 15 2019