Europe/Americas update: June 9-10 2018

EUROPE POLAND The Polish government says that it has stopped trying to negotiate with the European Union over its judicial reforms: Jacek Sasin, an aide to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, said the government has “run out of concessions” and expects the European Commission to withdraw its threats to punish Poland over the changes that give… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 9-10 2018

World update: June 6 2018

G7 The G7 is meeting in Quebec over the weekend, and already–you might want to sit down for this, because it’s going to shock you–Donald Trump is planning on being a dick to everybody else there: In a sign that Trump is looking to stoke divisions, White House officials are discussing ways to impose additional… Continue reading World update: June 6 2018

World update: May 30 2018

I’ll be out most of the late afternoon/evening so you’re getting a short midday update today. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Turkish media declared on Wednesday that US and Turkish officials have reached a deal to remove the YPG from Manbij. Getting the Kurds out of Manbij would avoid a potential Turkish assault on that town, which… Continue reading World update: May 30 2018

World update: April 14-15 2018

ASIA ARMENIA The protests against it are ongoing, but former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan was nominated to serve as the country’s new prime minister on Saturday anyway. The protesters did manage to prevent the momentous nomination from taking place at the ruling Republican Party’s headquarters in Yerevan–instead, they had to do the deed at a ski… Continue reading World update: April 14-15 2018

World update: April 9 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev should win another seven year term on Wednesday, particularly given that his opposition is boycotting the election. Aliyev, who is amazingly only 56 even though it seems like he’s been in power in Azerbaijan since the late Middle Ages (it’s been 15 years) is running against seven other candidates… Continue reading World update: April 9 2018

Europe/Americas update: April 4 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The Russian military started a three day live-fire missile drill on Wednesday in Latvian economic waters that shut down part of Latvia’s commercial airspace. Rude, I guess? How this is any different from the US and South Korea running joint military drills in North Korea’s backyard is beyond me, but it’s Russia so… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: April 4 2018

World update: March 19 2018

CLIMATE CHANGE The World Bank anticipates over 140 million people around the world being displaced by climate change by 2050. The majority, 86 million, would be in sub-Saharan Africa, with another 40 million in South Asia. Assuming that humanity isn’t going to do anything serious to arrest climate change, and it’s pretty clear we’re not,… Continue reading World update: March 19 2018