AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH: Islam and the American Slave Experience

We are of course about to wrap up another African-American History Month, and maybe the one area where the general thrust of this blog sort of intersects with African-American history is in terms of African Muslims who were sold into slavery in North America. There aren’t great records as to the number of Muslims who… Continue reading AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH: Islam and the American Slave Experience

Asia/Africa update: June 20 2018

ASIA KAZAKHSTAN The chair of Kazakhstan’s Senate (who functions sort of as a vice president), Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, told the BBC on Wednesday that incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev will not stand in the country’s 2020 election. Considering that Nazarbayev has been Kazakh president since 1990, that’s kind of a big deal if true. Tokayev stressed that he was only expressing… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 20 2018

World update: June 8 2018

G7 Well it seems like the G7 is off to a really productive start. And by that I mean nobody stormed out or declared war on anybody else. That’s about all anybody can hope these days. Donald Trump and the other six leaders–each of whom is either pissed at or freaking out over Trump’s protectionism–reportedly… Continue reading World update: June 8 2018

Asia/Africa update: April 24-25 2018

ASIA ARMENIA It appears Serzh Sargsyan’s resignation was not enough to satisfy the Armenian protesters who forced it earlier this week. Talks between interim Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan and opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan on What Happens Next broke down on Wednesday after Pashinyan made it clear publicly that the entire Republican Party of Armenia must be removed from… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: April 24-25 2018

World update: April 21-22 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armenian authorities on Sunday morning arrested Nikol Pashinian, the opposition politician who has emerged as the leader of the street protests against new Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan’s apparently unending hold on power, along with two other protest leaders. While Eurasianet’s Joshua Kucera says that the arrests initially seemed to put the protesters into a… Continue reading World update: April 21-22 2018

World update: April 17 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Protests continued in Yerevan on Tuesday against the installation of former President Serzh Sargsyan as the country’s new prime minister. Speaking to the crowd, opposition legislator Nikol Pashinyan declared “the start of a peaceful, people’s velvet revolution.” He’s got quite an uphill battle in front of him if he’s planning to take on Sargsyan.… Continue reading World update: April 17 2018

Middle East update: April 16 2018

SYRIA BREAKING: Somebody fired some missiles at a Syrian air base near Homs late Monday night. State media says they were all shot down by Syrian air defenses, but who knows. Most likely this was Israel though I suppose at this point you can’t rule anything out. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons… Continue reading Middle East update: April 16 2018