World update: April 10 2018

I’m posting a little earlier than usual this evening because I’ve decided to give this whole “sleep” thing another look. In fact if I can manage it this might become the norm going forward. ASIA AZERBAIJAN Eurasianet reports that Armenia and Azerbaijan are competing over the right to serve as Iran’s main economic artery northward… Continue reading World update: April 10 2018

Europe/Americas update: March 8 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Al-Monitor’s Laura Rozen is reporting that one of the newest characters in Robert Mueller’s cast of crazies helped broker a $4.2 billion arms deal between Iraq and Russia back in 2012: George Nader, 58, traveled to Moscow in 2012, telling Russian interlocutors that he represented Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the deal should… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 8 2018

World update: February 9 2018

Maybe everybody’s on their best behavior because of the Olympics, but it seems like the planet is a little quieter than usual today, so as a result we can get away with cramming everything into a single update. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA This has been quite a week in Syria to say the least. The Syrian… Continue reading World update: February 9 2018

Europe/Americas update: August 31 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA In response to Russia ordering the US mission in that country to reduce its staff from 1200 to 455 people earlier this month, the State Department on Thursday ordered Russia to close three of its offices in the US: a consulate in San Francisco and two annexes in New York City and Washington… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 31 2017

World update: August 12-13 2017

ASIA DEATH BY FARMING Lately I almost find myself reassured by stories on our collapsing environment, in the sense that however bad we might fuck up the human race, at least we might not be around to see the results. Wait, that’s not reassuring at all. But it is possible. To wit: The use of… Continue reading World update: August 12-13 2017

Europe/Americas update: July 10 2017

EUROPE CYPRUS With reunification talks having collapsed, the Greek Cypriot government is moving forward with plans to begin offshore drilling amid the eastern Mediterranean’s recently discovered oil and gas fields. This is not going over well in Turkey, whose government, in its dual role as protector of Turkish Cypriots and country that would like to… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 10 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 30 2017

I know it’s a little early this evening, but I’m beat and so I’m deciding to call it a night barring some major thing happening. EUROPE CYPRUS There has apparently been progress in Cyprus reunification talks, but not enough to say if or when there might be a deal: Progress has been slow in high-level… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 30 2017