Europe/Americas update: May 9 2018

EUROPE Having yet again been treated to the back of Donald Trump’s hand, the European Union is scrambling to try to salvage the Iran nuclear deal–but it sounds like it’s going to be a tough sales job: A day after the US president broke with the landmark 2015 agreement and warned he would seek to… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 9 2018

World update: May 8 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Nikol Pashinyan, seen below with a megaphone in front of his face, was elected Armenia’s new prime minister on Tuesday, one week after failing to secure the post and several days after agreeing to call off the protests caused by his failure to secure the vote last week. Pashinyan won by a 59-42… Continue reading World update: May 8 2018

World update: May 5-6 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armenians who are struggling to make ends meet are hoping that whatever government emerges from this week’s parliament vote can do a better job of managing the country’s economy: AFGHANISTAN The Taliban’s spring offensive continues to be an active one. On Saturday, Afghan forces, helped by US air support, defended a major highway… Continue reading World update: May 5-6 2018

Europe/Americas update: March 14-15 2018

EUROPE NATO Four more NATO members have cleared the alliance’s informal two percent of GDP defense spending target for 2018. Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania all joined Britain, Estonia, and Greece–who met the target in 2017 and again this year–and the United States, which annually spends approximately 473 percent of its GDP on defense (I might… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 14-15 2018