World update: February 22 2018

Lots going on here today so I’m going to try to get through everything in one post. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Turkish government expects to start facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to Afrin just as soon as it takes that enclave from the YPG. Which should happen, uh, any day now, I’m sure. I… Continue reading World update: February 22 2018

Asia/Africa update: February 14 2018

ASIA ARMENIA The ruling Republican Party of Armenia’s chosen candidate in the country’s March 2 presidential vote (Armenian presidents are voted into office by parliament), former Prime Minister Armen Sargsyan, may not be eligible for the office. Everyone agrees that Sargsyan was a dual Armenian-British citizen between 2002 and 2011. The Armenian constitution requires presidents to… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 14 2018

Conflict Update: January 23 2017

Iraq Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Iraq has fully retaken eastern Mosul from ISIS. It seems like somebody has made this same announcement every day for the past week, and that’s because somebody has made this same announcement every day for the past week. But you’re dealing with different somebodies who have different… Continue reading Conflict Update: January 23 2017

Conflict update: January 17 2017

Nigeria Easily the single worst thing that happened today was the Nigerian air force’s mistaken bombing of a government-run displaced persons camp in Rann, in the northeastern part of the country. Pilots were apparently looking for a Boko Haram force reportedly amassing in the area, and instead wound up bombing a camp full of people… Continue reading Conflict update: January 17 2017

Today in World history: the Battle of Diu (1509)

The appearance of Portuguese explorers in India in 1498 was, it’s safe to say, a world-altering event. When Vasco da Gama proved that it was possible for European ocean-going vessels to reach India by going around Africa, it meant changes not only for Europe and India, but for the powers in between, whose economies had… Continue reading Today in World history: the Battle of Diu (1509)