Middle East update: November 29 2017

CLIMATE CHANGE While it probably wouldn’t surprise you to learn that climate change is expected to (already has, really) hit the Middle East and North Africa quite hard, it’s still helpful to see just how dire the projections are: MENA is the world’s most water-scarce region. While about five percent of the world’s population lives… Continue reading Middle East update: November 29 2017

Europe/Americas update: May 31 2017

WELL, WE HAD A…RUN Via Axios, Donald Trump is reportedly, and unsurprisingly, about to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Or if you prefer visual representations of your world news, he’s about to do this: Goodbye rest of the world, hello Syria and Nicaragua. pic.twitter.com/x3vRqRFppH — ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) May 31,… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 31 2017

Conflict update: April 19 2017

Hey! So, instead of finishing this and posting it at 11:58 like I usually do, tonight I’m going to try, you know, not doing that, and hopefully being asleep at 11:58 instead. I’d like to make that the new normal with these posts going forward, but we’ll see. SYRIA At The Nation, James Carden asks whether… Continue reading Conflict update: April 19 2017

Conflict update: March 28 2017

BREXIT Theresa May will formally trigger Britain’s exit from the European Union on Wednesday. That will begin the two-year negotiation over the terms of that exit, meaning that the UK will be out of the EU as of March 29, 2019. The European parliament is reportedly preparing a resolution in response to the trigger that… Continue reading Conflict update: March 28 2017

Conflict update: March 18-19 2017

BOILING IT DOWN If you’re one of those folks who are convinced that climate change is a Chinese hoax or whatever, I’ve got great news: it snowed in the US last week. Problem solved, am I right? Anyway, for the rest of us, things are not so hot. Or, rather, they’re extremely hot, and that’s… Continue reading Conflict update: March 18-19 2017

Conflict update: February 18-19 2017

Trumplandia Say, this seems nice: On any given weekend, you might catch President Trump’s son-in-law and top Mideast dealmaker, Jared Kushner, by the beachside soft-serve ice cream machine, or his reclusive chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, on the dining patio. If you are lucky, the president himself could stop by your table for a quick… Continue reading Conflict update: February 18-19 2017

Conflict update: February 14 2017

Why are you reading this today? Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a happy day–or a depressing day, but for reasons that have nothing to do with the shitty state of the world. Well, you’re here and my wife and I couldn’t find a sitter this evening, so I guess we might as well get… Continue reading Conflict update: February 14 2017