Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Diu (1509)

The appearance of Portuguese explorers in India in 1498 was, it’s safe to say, a world-altering event. When Vasco da Gama proved that it was possible for European ocean-going vessels to reach India by going around Africa, it meant changes not only for Europe and India, but for the kingdoms in between, whose economies had… Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Diu (1509)

Asia/Africa update: December 18 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN ISIS attacked a training ground for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security in Kabul on Monday. Fortunately nobody apart from the attackers appears to have been killed. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sacked Balkh Governor Atta Muhammad Nur on Monday. Technically Ghani’s people say he accepted Atta’s resignation–which must come as news to Atta, who’s… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 18 2017

Asia/Africa update: December 16-17 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Two separate Taliban attacks on Sunday left at least 12 people dead. An assault on a police checkpoint in Helmand province killed at least 11 Afghan police officers (other accounts have the figure higher than that), while a suicide attack on a NATO convoy in Kandahar killed one civilian bystander. Elsewhere, fighting in… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 16-17 2017

World update: December 14 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan authorities have apparently started arresting teachers working for the Afghan Turk CAG Educational NGO (ATCE), which has been running schools in the country for a couple of decades now. Why, you ask? Well, because the Afghan government and (apparently) the Turkish government believe that ATCE is a branch of the Gülen network. ATCE representatives… Continue reading World update: December 14 2017

World update: December 9-10 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Taliban fighters killed three Afghan soldiers on Saturday in an attack on a checkpoint in Ghazni province. INDIA The first stage of voting took place on Saturday in regional elections in India’s Gujarat state. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has campaigned heavily to ensure that his Bharatiya Janata Party retains the majority in the… Continue reading World update: December 9-10 2017

Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Diu (1509)

The appearance of Portuguese explorers in India in 1498 was, it’s safe to say, a world-altering event. When Vasco da Gama proved that it was possible for European ocean-going vessels to reach India by going around Africa, it meant changes not only for Europe and India, but for the kingdoms in between, whose economies had… Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Diu (1509)