Conflict update: March 10 2017

ETHICS, HOW DO THEY WORK As it so happens, while Michael Flynn was advising candidate Donald Trump on foreign policy, he was also being paid to act as an agent of the Turkish government–except, oops, he apparently forgot to mention that to anybody until earlier this week. Flynn even wrote pro-Turkey op-eds without disclosing that… Continue reading Conflict update: March 10 2017

Horn of Africa famine: where to donate

Drought has led to famine in the Horn of Africa, and the situation is critical. How critical? This critical: Save the Children, the international non-governmental organisation, says that the drought in Ethiopia represents as big a potential threat to children’s lives as the war in Syria. “We only have two emergencies in the world that… Continue reading Horn of Africa famine: where to donate

As bad as things are everywhere else, they may be getting even worse in South Sudan

South Sudan is not only the newest country on the planet, it may be about to surpass even Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Ukraine, the Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa, or any other country in terms of the scale of human suffering happening there. A civil war between the government and rebel forces under the command of… Continue reading As bad as things are everywhere else, they may be getting even worse in South Sudan

Oh, bubonic plague. That’s nice.

China has apparently “sealed off” an entire city (Yumen) of 30,000 people, and put 151 of them in quarantine, after a man died of bubonic plague. It turns out that the plague still kills a whole bunch of people, mostly in the Congo region of Africa. Also, it turns out that 60 people in the… Continue reading Oh, bubonic plague. That’s nice.

Trying to predict the next global hot spot? Pay attention to the climate.

For those of us who are interested in US foreign policy, international affairs, and a little national security news now and then, it is becoming impossible to ignore the impact of climate change on real events. I’m not talking about some projection of temperature increases or changing weather patterns, or an artist’s conception of what… Continue reading Trying to predict the next global hot spot? Pay attention to the climate.