Middle East update: March 25 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. I’m also, in case you haven’t noticed, returning from an unplanned week away due to the flu. As with… Continue reading Middle East update: March 25 2019

World update part 2: March 1 2019

AFRICA ALGERIA If you’ve been hoping for the protests against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s potential fifth term in office to dissipate, Friday was not your day: Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Algiers on Friday to denounce Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fifth term, and police fired… Continue reading World update part 2: March 1 2019

World update: February 27 2019

ASIA KASHMIR I wish I could say things are cooling off here, but, well, that would be a lie. Both Pakistan and India claim to have shot down one another’s aircraft on Wednesday, after the Pakistanis apparently carried out an airstrike on Indian territory. The Pakistanis claim they shot down two Indian planes and initially… Continue reading World update: February 27 2019

World update: February 8 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Syrian state media reported Friday that seven people were killed by a landmine in Hama province. It’s likely, but not certain, that ISIS placed the mine back when it controlled part of Hama province at its territorial height. YEMEN There are no details about this that I’ve seen yet, but the Saudi-led… Continue reading World update: February 8 2019

Europe/Americas update: February 5 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE Hey call me crazy but this seems pretty freaking bad: Scientists have discovered an enormous void under an Antarctic glacier, sparking concern that the ice sheet is melting faster than anyone had realized — and spotlighting the dire threat posed by rising seas to coastal cities around the world, including New York City and Miami.… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 5 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 25 2019

EUROPE RUSSIA NATO and Russian negotiators made a probably last-ditch effort to salvage the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty and failed miserably. NATO reiterated a US demand that Russia destroy its 9M729 cruise missile, which it says violates the treaty, and Russia continued to deny that it violates the treaty and reject the demand for its… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 25 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 24 2019

EUROPE GREECE The Greek parliament on Friday will probably approve the deal under which the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia in return for the Greek government dropping its objections to Macedonia’s membership in NATO and the European Union. The vote was postponed from Thursday to… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 24 2019