Europe/Americas update: February 26 2018

EUROPE GREECE Somebody tossed a grenade at an Athens police station overnight, causing one minor injury. A left wing anarchist group apparently took credit for the attack in an online posting. HUNGARY The surprise outcome of Sunday’s mayoral election in the city of Hódmezővásárhely has opposition parties wondering if Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party might… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 26 2018

World update: January 1-2 2018

We’re going to ease back into things after the long holiday break. As usual when I take an extended break I’m not going to even attempt to run down everything that happened while I was gone. We’ll cover what’s happened the past couple of days with a few scattered looks at things that happened prior… Continue reading World update: January 1-2 2018

World update: December 9-10 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Taliban fighters killed three Afghan soldiers on Saturday in an attack on a checkpoint in Ghazni province. INDIA The first stage of voting took place on Saturday in regional elections in India’s Gujarat state. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has campaigned heavily to ensure that his Bharatiya Janata Party retains the majority in the… Continue reading World update: December 9-10 2017

Europe/Americas update: November 29 2017

EUROPE UKRAINE Kiev and leaders of the Donbas rebellion have agreed on a prisoner swap including roughly 470 prisoners on both sides. The exchange is supposed to happen before the end of the year. BOSNIA A truly wild scene played out at The Hague earlier today: A former Bosnian Croat military commander swallowed what he… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 29 2017

World update: September 21 2017

Shanah Tovah to anyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah. I’m going to have to condense things again today, and possibly tomorrow as well–I’m trying to make some headway on a couple of paid pieces but it’s been hard to find the time to work on them. Hopefully I’ll get at least one of them written and get… Continue reading World update: September 21 2017

Europe/Americas update: September 9-10 2017

EUROPE CYPRUS Two boats containing 305 Syrian refugees reached Cyprus early Sunday morning, probably the largest single group to make it to the island nation since the civil war began. Cypriot police arrested one of the pilots of the two boats, and the final disposition of the refugees is yet to be decided–some may remain… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 9-10 2017

Europe/Americas update: September 4-5 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA At the BRICS summit in China on Tuesday, Vladimir Putin said that Donald Trump is “not my bride.” This huge revelation was Putin’s way of saying he’s not disappointed with Trump because “disappointment” isn’t a thing that world leaders should be with one another. In that sense I actually agree with him. Putin… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 4-5 2017