Asia/Africa update: January 24 2019

ASIA GEORGIA The Georgian and Russian governments may be about to reach an agreement on transit through the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Those two regions were of course the object of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, and transit through them has been gummed up ever since. The deal would put a Swiss company… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 24 2019

Asia/Africa update: December 10 2018

UNITED NATIONS ASIA The UN on Monday adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, absent 29 countries who have decided to reject the accord or are debating whether to reject it. It’s rare that an international treaty like this generates so much drama, but such is the power of racism I guess.… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 10 2018

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 29 2018

It’s been a long day here and fortunately nothing particularly horrifying appears to have happened in the world, so I’m going to quickly run through a few stories and call it a night. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA In a story that is very much still developing, Russian media is reporting that Syrian air defenses shot down… Continue reading World update: November 29 2018

World update: November 28 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Salome Zurabishvili, the candidate of the ruling Georgian Dream party, won Tuesday’s presidential runoff election with almost 60 percent of the vote, besting challenger Grigol Vashadze. Georgian Dream is the party of Bidzina Ivanishvili, the richest man in Georgia and the man many believe is really running the country behind the scenes. Zurabishvili,… Continue reading World update: November 28 2018

World update: October 27-28 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Sunday’s Georgian presidential election looks likely to prove indecisive, which means that the top two finishers, Salome Zurabishvili and Grigol Vashadze, will meet in a runoff sometime next month. Zurabishvili is supported by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, the wealthiest man in Georgia and the man generally believed to be running the country behind the scenes.… Continue reading World update: October 27-28 2018

World update: October 17 2018

ASIA GEORGIA The Georgian Orthodox Church is apparently split internally over whether or not to recognize an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Politically this makes sense–while Georgia certainly has no love for Russia these days, it’s also in no position to antagonize Moscow. AFGHANISTAN A suicide bomber killed at least two Afghan civilians in an attack… Continue reading World update: October 17 2018