Asia/Africa update: January 15 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban issued a statement on Tuesday warning that it will withdraw from peace talks with the US unless Washington commits to the talks with “sincere intentions.” I’m going to be honest here and say I have no idea what they’re talking about and in fact it’s beginning to seem like the Taliban… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 15 2019

Asia/Africa update: July 20 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Over the past two days the Taliban has attacked two police checkpoints–one in Ghazni province and the other in Zabul province–killing 12 Afghan police officers. The group tells the AP that it’s working to minimize civilian casualties as a concession toward possible peace talks, but it hasn’t received any indication that the US… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 20 2018

Asia/Africa update: July 5 2018

Well, we’re back. As usual when I’ve been gone for a while this update will mostly stick to things that happened today with some pieces I flagged while I was gone in there for good measure. ASIA AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijan has responded to Armenia’s recent change in government by amping up its threats to regain control… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 5 2018

World update: January 10 2018

ASIA MYANMAR The Myanmar military has admitted that its soldiers murdered ten Rohingya prisoners in September, during its excessive crackdown/ethnic cleansing campaign. It’s one of the few instances in which they’ve allowed that perhaps some of their soldiers acted inappropriately during the episode that saw mass atrocities committed against the Rohingya community. CHINA Beijing’s Belt… Continue reading World update: January 10 2018

World update: September 13 2017

Sorry, but today’s update needs to be another short and early one MIDDLE EAST IRAQ The Kurds have a major supporter in their independence movement: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Which is, on some level, just astonishing. Israel has cultivated good relations with Kurds of all stripes for decades, so this makes sense viewed through… Continue reading World update: September 13 2017

Asia/Australia/Africa update: August 3-4 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN One NATO soldier was killed on Thursday evening when his convoy was attacked by the Taliban just north of Kabul. In Helmand province, 40 Taliban fighters were reportedly killed during a 12 hour battle with Afghan forces on Thursday and Friday. And in Paktia province, the Afghans were able to retake the Jani… Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update: August 3-4 2017

Asia/Africa/Americas update: June 8-9 2017

Friends, I’m going to level with you. Between Qatar and Iran and now the UK elections, it has been a hell of a week for a person who obsessively blogs about world news. So this update is really kind of a catch-all for bits of news from everywhere else, though I know some things probably… Continue reading Asia/Africa/Americas update: June 8-9 2017