Conflict update: March 30-31 2017

Skipping yesterday was probably a bad idea. There’s plenty here for a two-parter, so as I’ve done before I’m going to put all the Middle Eastern stuff in a separate post. 320 MILLION FOOLS AND OUR MONEY The F-35 is the most expensive weapon (well, it’s intended to be a weapon, anyway) ever manufactured, with… Continue reading Conflict update: March 30-31 2017

Conflict update: March 17 2017

SYRIA First the new story: that Israeli missile alert that sounded in the Jordan valley yesterday evening wasn’t caused by any rockets coming from Gaza. Instead, it was caused by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles, fired at a squadron of Israeli planes that were returning from a bombing run in Syrian airspace. The Israeli planes reportedly struck… Continue reading Conflict update: March 17 2017

Conflict update: February 21 2017

Iran It finally looks like a major principlist candidate might challenge Hassan Rouhahi in May’s presidential election. Ebrahim Raisi was appointed last year to run Astan Quds Razavi, the charitable foundation that manages the Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad, and that makes him one of the most important religious figures in Iran. Only 56 (that’s… Continue reading Conflict update: February 21 2017

Conflict update: February 17 2017

Somalia The United States of America This is Donald Trump’s America, and people are prepared to go to great lengths to get the hell out of it: A man from Somalia who risked the freezing temperatures of Manitoba as he crossed into Canada was discovered out in the cold by a CBC journalist. The chance… Continue reading Conflict update: February 17 2017

Conflict update: February 13 2017

Michael Flynn I had more to say about this story, but it all just got rendered obsolete: BREAKING: Michael Flynn has resigned, sources tell @SaraMurray and @GloriaBorger — Adam Levine (@cnnadam) February 14, 2017 Earlier this evening Flynn pulled out of a scheduled speech at the National Defense Industrial Association’s annual meeting at the last… Continue reading Conflict update: February 13 2017

Conflict update: November 25

France No, this isn’t about that knife attack I mentioned yesterday–French authorities are saying that attack wasn’t terrorism. However, they’re also reporting that they’ve just arrested five ISIS operatives who were planning an “imminent” terrorist attack under direction from the group’s leadership in the Middle East. At least some of the five appear to have… Continue reading Conflict update: November 25