World update: March 26 2018

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Afghan government has recalled its ambassador to Pakistan over a comment from Pakistani Prime Minister Imran… Continue reading World update: March 26 2018

World update: March 9-10 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN US airstrikes in Nangarhar province on Saturday killed at least 13 Afghan civilians. The Pentagon categorized these as “precision airstrikes” and blamed the Taliban for using human shields. MYANMAR Fighters with the Arakan Army rebel group attacked a police outpost in Rakhine state on Saturday night, killing nine police officers. The Arakan Army,… Continue reading World update: March 9-10 2019

World update: March 8 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces militia has given the people remaining in Baghouz until Saturday afternoon to evacuate/surrender before it resumes its offensive to take the town from ISIS. Thousands of people have fled Baghouz over the past few weeks in response to the SDF’s advance, mostly civilians but with a few hundred… Continue reading World update: March 8 2019

World update: February 15 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN According to US Central Command boss Joseph Votel, the Pentagon may soon reduce its troop presence in Afghanistan by more than 1000 from its current level of around 14,000 (acknowledged) personnel. But the move isn’t related to the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban–instead, it’s apparently an operational decision by new US Afghanistan… Continue reading World update: February 15 2019

World update: February 7 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the US military plans to withdraw its forces from Syria by the end of April. It’s unclear whether this is a firm schedule or if there’s flexibility in case there’s some unforeseen complication in the anti-ISIS operation or the Trump administration hasn’t negotiated an arrangement to prevent… Continue reading World update: February 7 2019

Europe/Americas update: February 6 2019

EUROPE RUSSIA With the collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, Vladimir Putin wants his military to develop “invincible” hypersonic missiles as a threat/deterrent to the United States. Or at least he wants people to think that’s what he wants his military to do. With Russia’s economy perpetually in tatters there’s little reason to think… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 6 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 31 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE Full disclosure: I am not a climate scientist. With that said, this seems pretty bad in my layman’s opinion: Again I’m not an expert! Maybe we don’t need oxygen that much? But it kinds of seems like we do! EUROPE RUSSIA What seems like the longest and most anti-climactic arms control negotiation in… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 31 2019