World update: December 1-2 2018

Happy Hanukkah to those readers who are celebrating! ASIA GEORGIA Thousands of people protested in Tblisi on Sunday due to anger over the result of Wednesday’s presidential runoff. New President-elect Salome Zurabishvili, the candidate of the ruling Georgian Dream party, won handily, but the defeated Grigol Vashadze has alleged that the vote was rigged. International observers… Continue reading World update: December 1-2 2018

World update: November 30 2018

G20 I was trying to figure out why there seems to have been less news than usual over the past couple of days, and then it hit me: it’s the G20. With most of the worst human beings in the world gathered together in Buenos Aires to irritate one another, they’re forced to leave the… Continue reading World update: November 30 2018

Europe/Americas update: July 7-9 2017

NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT On Friday, 122 nations voted in the UN General Assembly in favor of a treaty banning nuclear weapons. None of those 122 countries actually possesses nukes–the nine nuclear nations, plus Japan, the NATO states, and a few other countries, all boycotted even the debate over the measure–so the vote is meaningless even by… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 7-9 2017

Asia/Australia/Africa update: July 7-9 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The New York Times reports on the astonishingly horrific situation for women in Afghanistan’s anarchic Ghor province: If Afghanistan is one of the worst places to be a woman, then Ghor, a province so lawless that people often wonder if there is a government there at all, may be the country’s capital of gender-based… Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update: July 7-9 2017

Europe/Americas update: July 6 2017

As I said on Sunday, this week was going to be a little abbreviated around here, and in that vein today’s updates will be our last until Sunday evening. Thanks for reading! EUROPE CYPRUS Reunification talks do not seem to be progressing toward a deal and in fact may be sliding backwards: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 6 2017

Europe/Americas update: July 4-5 2017

EUROPE EUROPE Jean-Claude Juncker is the President of the European Commission and a man who also happens to be correct at least in this particular instance: EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker called European lawmakers “ridiculous” on Tuesday for failing to turn up to an address by Malta’s prime minister, saying they should show more respect… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 4-5 2017

Europe/Americas update: July 3 2017

EUROPE CYPRUS The most positive thing you can say about the Cyprus reunification talks currently ongoing in Switzerland is that they’re currently ongoing. I don’t mean that in a negative way–these talks are entering week two without anybody walking away in a huff, and that’s no mean feat. Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have now… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 3 2017