Middle East update: April 4 2018

THE ISLAMIC "STATE" A bunch of ISIS-related online outlets have published a statement in which the group's fighters "renew" their loyalty pledges to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: “To infuriate and terrorise the infidels, we renew our pledge of loyalty to the commander of the faithful and the caliph of the Muslims, the mujahid sheikh Abu Bakr … Continue reading Middle East update: April 4 2018

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Europe/Americas update: March 2 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The Russian government on Friday angrily rejected claims from the Trump administration that its fancy new nuclear weapons that promise to destroy humanity even better than the old ones actually violate international treaties. For the Russians, ironically, it's America's decision to abrogate the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002 that's partly motivating their decision … Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 2 2018

World update: January 15 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The New York Times has some deep background on the ongoing clash between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the fired-but-still-there-anyway Balkh governor Atta Muhammad Nur. Ghani's supporters portray the ex(?)-warlord as corrupt and unaccountable, while Nur contends that Ghani is attempting to sideline him for political reasons. The US may also have a reason … Continue reading World update: January 15 2018