Europe/Americas update: September 18 2017

ENVIRONMENT New science suggests that the Paris climate agreement’s pie-in-the-sky 1.5 degrees Celsius limit might not be so pie-in-the-sky after all: The 1.5C target was set as an aspiration by the global Paris climate change deal in 2015 to limit the damage wreaked by extreme weather and sea level rise. It was widely seen as… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 18 2017

Europe/Americas update: May 23 2017

UNITED KINGDOM Last night’s suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena killed at least 22 people apart from the bomber and injured another 59. Several people remain missing so those figures could still change. It’s the deadliest act of terrorism in the UK since the July 7 attack in 2015. An improvised explosive device filled with… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 23 2017

On the case

Good news, everybody! Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin are on this Syria thing and they are going to clean this shit up: The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama have discussed the situation in Syria and agreed to increase coordination between the special services and militaries of the two countries.… Continue reading On the case

Hillary Clinton’s dangerous (?) Syria plan

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Progress in Geneva, terror back home

Al-Monitor’s Laura Rozen has more on the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee’s decision to reverse course, somewhat, and attend peace talks in Geneva after all. It appears that the HNC’s delegation is there with a pretty narrow mandate: “We have come to Geneva to seek relief for our people by insisting UN Security Council resolution… Continue reading Progress in Geneva, terror back home

A change of heart, sort of

The Syrian rebel High Negotiations Council has decided to send representatives to Geneva after all. Kind of: A senior HNC delegate said the group would send “30, 35 people” to Geneva, the AFP news agency reports. Earlier, Fuad Aliko, a source close to the group, said the delegation would not be acting “as negotiators”. Farrah… Continue reading A change of heart, sort of

Talking just to hear themselves talk

The United Nations’ special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, announced earlier today that this week’s Syrian peace talks in Geneva–which were supposed to happen today–will instead be held on Friday. Presumably, this is because “Friday” is the last work day of the week, and he could not have announced that they were being held… Continue reading Talking just to hear themselves talk