World update: May 2 2016

Sorry, we’ve got another relatively brief update today. It’s been a busy day at HQ and your blog host isn’t feeling well to boot. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Rebels controlling an enclave near Homs said on Wednesday that they have reached agreement with Damascus and Russia to evacuate that area, surrender their heavy weapons, and relocate north near… Continue reading World update: May 2 2016

World update: April 28-29 2018

ASIA ARMENIA It’s looking more and more like opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan will be Armenia’s next prime minster when parliament makes its pick on Tuesday. He’s already met with President Armen Sarkisian to pitch his case for taking the job, which presumably centers on his ability to calm the protesters regularly hitting the streets of Yerevan these… Continue reading World update: April 28-29 2018

World update: March 21 2018

WATER A new report finds that water is getting scarcer and access to it more unequal: Water inequality is increasing in the world’s most environmentally stressed nations, warn the authors of a report that shows more than 800 million people need to travel and queue for at least 30 minutes to access safe supplies.  … Continue reading World update: March 21 2018

Asia (i.e., North Korea) update: March 9 2018

AFGHANISTAN At least 30 people were killed on Friday in a number of attacks around Afghanistan. In the largest, at least 10 people were killed and at least 20 more injured when a suicide bomber targeted a Hazara communal ceremony in Kabul. Overnight, the Taliban struck twice in Takhar province, killing 10 police officers in… Continue reading Asia (i.e., North Korea) update: March 9 2018

World update: November 11-12 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Concern is mounting in Afghanistan over the Fatemiyoun Division, an Iranian-created force made up of Afghan Shiʿa currently fighting in Syria (and allegedly Yemen). Afghan officials fear that Iran may reorganize veterans of that force once they’re back in Afghanistan, both to serve as an Iranian proxy and for the protection of Afghanistan’s… Continue reading World update: November 11-12 2017

Middle East update: October 25 2017

IRAQ The Iraqi military has started dropping leaflets on the western Anbar towns of Qaim and Rawa, and their environs, in what sure seems like the prelude to a resumption of their offensive in that part of the country. The leaflets say, in part, that “your security forces are now coming to liberate you.” The… Continue reading Middle East update: October 25 2017

World update: September 11 2017

Family obligations take precedence this evening, so today you’re getting a very short mid-day news update. Enjoy! MIDDLE EAST WAR ON TERROR While ISIS is losing territory all over the place, in general things in the MENA region continue to be horrifying: The number of children recruited to fight in conflicts across the Middle East… Continue reading World update: September 11 2017