Middle East update: May 23 2017

Obviously the big news today is the aftermath of last night’s terrorist attack in Manchester. I’m trying to break these updates up into more manageable chunks, so you’ll find coverage of that story in another update. IRAQ The latest map from Iraq’s Ninewa Media Center suggests that the Mosul endgame is really upon us: Green… Continue reading Middle East update: May 23 2017

Middle East update: May 19-21 2017

IRAN Just about everything came up Milhouse Rouhani on Friday. While his final vote count was a little lower than initial estimates (which were north of 60 percent) had indicated, 57 percent is nothing to sneeze at, and more importantly, in an election with 75 percent turnout it’s an unmistakeable mandate. The consensus before the election was… Continue reading Middle East update: May 19-21 2017

Conflict update: March 27 2017

A FEATURE, NOT A BUG: PART I At LobeLog, I look at the recent increase in US-caused civilian casualties in the Middle East, and the presumption, still denied by Washington in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary, that President Trump has told the Pentagon to stop worrying about civilian casualties and just blow… Continue reading Conflict update: March 27 2017

Conflict update: March 18-19 2017

BOILING IT DOWN If you’re one of those folks who are convinced that climate change is a Chinese hoax or whatever, I’ve got great news: it snowed in the US last week. Problem solved, am I right? Anyway, for the rest of us, things are not so hot. Or, rather, they’re extremely hot, and that’s… Continue reading Conflict update: March 18-19 2017

Conflict update: February 8 2017

#ThanksTrump Of the many unconscionable things Donald Trump has done in the not-even-three-weeks since he became president, this would be among the most unconscionable: The leaked draft of a presidential memorandum Donald Trump is expected to sign within days suspends a 2010 rule that discouraged American companies from funding conflict and human rights abuses in the… Continue reading Conflict update: February 8 2017