World update: March 22 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Balkh governor Atta Muhammad Nur, who has been resisting an order from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to step down since December, agreed to finally step down on Thursday. In return for finally acquiescing, he reportedly got to name a new police chief for the province as well as a new education minister in Kabul… Continue reading World update: March 22 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

Europe/Americas update: March 1 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Vladimir Putin is really excited about his new nukes: Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that Moscow is developing a new range of supersonic nuclear weapons that cannot be intercepted by antimissile systems.   In his annual state of the nation address on Thursday, Putin claimed that Russia has tested an intercontinental ballistic… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 1 2018

World update: February 22 2018

Lots going on here today so I’m going to try to get through everything in one post. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Turkish government expects to start facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to Afrin just as soon as it takes that enclave from the YPG. Which should happen, uh, any day now, I’m sure. I… Continue reading World update: February 22 2018

Europe/Americas update: August 10-11 2017

THE WAR ON TERROR [PLAY SCARY MUSIC] A new report to the UN Security Council says that terrorism is over, we won, you can all stop worrying now HA HA, no, it says you have to still be afraid because roving packs of Muslim terrorists could be RIGHT BEHIND YOU, YES YOU, RIGHT NOW OH… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 10-11 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 3-4 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA The European Union on Friday sanctioned three Russian firms and three Russian individuals accused of involvement in shipping gas turbines to Crimea. The turbines were legally sold to Russian buyers by the German firm Siemans, but as the EU doesn’t recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea shipping the items there is a violation of… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 3-4 2017

Europe/Americas update: May 8-11 2017

BEST FOOT FORWARD I don’t have much to add to the conflagration over Donald Trump’s decision to fire the guy investigating his possible ties to Russia–I recommend Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey on this if you’re not already oversaturated about it. But I do think it’s worth understanding how the banana republicification of our government… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 8-11 2017