Conflict update: December 26 2016

Israel The fallout from Friday’s UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s illegal annexation of occupied Palestinian territory continued all weekend. Benjamin Netanyahu’s government began by summoning the ambassadors of the 12 security council members who voted in favor of the resolution and with which Israel has relations (Venezuela and Malaysia also voted yes but don’t… Continue reading Conflict update: December 26 2016

Conflict update: December 23 2016

Barring some kind of major happening I’m out for the next couple of days. Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating it and Happy Hanukkah to those who are celebrating it. To those who are celebrating both, stop hoarding all the presents. Now, one last dose of (mostly) bad news for you all. Israel-Palestine I… Continue reading Conflict update: December 23 2016

Burundi is going from bad to worse

The escalating violence in Burundi escalated a little faster last week, when 100 people were killed in clashes in Bujumbura between Friday and Saturday. The US State Department took the step of issuing a warning cautioning US citizens to avoid traveling to Burundi if possible, which suggests that Washington, at least, thinks that the situation… Continue reading Burundi is going from bad to worse

Burundi is in danger of collapse

Conditions in Burundi have taken a serious and rapid turn for the worse over the past several weeks, to the point where a total collapse into large-scale violence — maybe even genocide — would not be out of the question. To recap: Burundi’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza announced back in April that he was planning to… Continue reading Burundi is in danger of collapse

In Burundi, another president tries to overstay his welcome

You may remember several months back, when there was a popular uprising in Burkina Faso over then-president Blaise Compaoré’s decision to try to buy himself another term in office despite the fact that he’d already served 27 years of a maximum 10 year presidency. Due in large part to public outcry, Compaoré was removed from… Continue reading In Burundi, another president tries to overstay his welcome