Middle East update: August 31 2017

EID MUBARAK! Eid al-Adha, or Festival of the Sacrifice, begins/began at sundown today. It commemorates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son (Ishmael or Isaac depending on your religious tradition--most Muslims believe it was Ishmael though the Quran doesn't specify) at God's command, and always immediately follows the completion of the first part of the Hajj, … Continue reading Middle East update: August 31 2017

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Conflict update: January 5 2017

World War III Building on an earlier post, this seems problematic: Senior officials in the Russian government celebrated Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton as a geopolitical win for Moscow, according to U.S. officials who said that American intelligence agencies intercepted communications in the aftermath of the election in which Russian officials congratulated themselves on … Continue reading Conflict update: January 5 2017