World update: February 17-18 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has now had a second provincial governor tell him to get bent when Ghani tried to sack him. Ghani tried, and has apparently failed, to can Abdul Karim Khadam, governor of Samangan Province. Khadam is a member of the Jamiat-e Islami party along with Atta Muhammad Nur, the governor of… Continue reading World update: February 17-18 2018

Europe/Americas update: February 6 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA It was reported earlier this week that Russia has moved some nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad, which raised some eyebrows at, among other places, NATO. On Tuesday, the Kremlin politely reminded everybody that what it does with its missiles on its territory is its business, nobody else’s. And that’s fair, but sticking potential nukes… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 6 2018

Europe/Americas update: February 1-2 2018

EUROPE UKRAINE Al Jazeera reports on the largely ignored plight of Crimean Tatars, who never wanted the Russian annexation and have been paying for it ever since: The Kremlin praises Crimea’s “comeback to Russia” as bloodless and voluntary.   But a day before the March 18, 2014 “referendum”, Tatar activist Reshat Ametov was found dead… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 1-2 2018

Middle East update: January 27-28 2018

SYRIA Fighting in Afrin is still centered around Bursaya hill, a strategic high-ground position that could enable someone to, say, position mortars to target other parts of Afrin, or to target the nearby Turkish city of Kilis, depending on that person’s interests. On Sunday it appeared as though Turkish and allied Free Syrian Army forces… Continue reading Middle East update: January 27-28 2018

Today in “don’t do that”

On the one hand, we have the Rialto Unified School District, located just east of Los Angeles. For some reason, some of their eighth grade teachers thought it would be a good idea to give their students a “critical thinking exercise” that asked them to “write an argumentative essay, utilizing cited textual evidence, in which… Continue reading Today in “don’t do that”