World update: November 10 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least one police officer was killed on Friday by a Taliban (most likely) suicide bomber in Helmand province. In an interview with Al Jazeera, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the US allowed ISIS to gain a foothold in Afghanistan: “In my view under the full presence, surveillance, military, political, intelligence, Daesh… Continue reading World update: November 10 2017

Conflict update: April 15-17 2017

Happy Easter again to everyone who celebrated, and Pesach Sameach to those observing Passover, which ends tomorrow. And if any Egyptians happen to be reading this, happy Sham el-Nisim. TURKEY The weekend’s biggest story was, as expected, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan I’s formal coronation. By a slim margin, also as expected, Turkish voters on Sunday approved… Continue reading Conflict update: April 15-17 2017

Afghan rivals agree to temporarily postpone tearing country apart

Over the weekend, the two main rivals in the recent Afghan presidential elections finally agreed to put aside their differences and signed an agreement to implement a unity government along the lines of the one that had been suggested by John Kerry about a month ago, one that figures to hang together for at least… Continue reading Afghan rivals agree to temporarily postpone tearing country apart

A harsh critique?

Just to sum up, in his new memoirs Robert Gates is harshly critical of President Obama because Obama: was insufficiently committed to a war effort that we now know has failed; lacked trust in two of his military commanders, the one who was openly insubordinate to him and the one who ran his military command… Continue reading A harsh critique?