World update: February 9 2018

Maybe everybody’s on their best behavior because of the Olympics, but it seems like the planet is a little quieter than usual today, so as a result we can get away with cramming everything into a single update. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA This has been quite a week in Syria to say the least. The Syrian… Continue reading World update: February 9 2018

Europe/Americas update: October 6 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Moscow has started warning that it could retaliate for any harsh treatment its media outlets receive in the US by doing likewise to US outlets in Russia. RT is apparently being asked by the Trump administration to register as a foreign agent and disclose information on its employees, so you might expect to… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 6 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 8 2017

EUROPE SLOVAKIA Slovakia’s coalition government is planning to keep on keeping on despite the apparent withdrawal of one of its three members. The hard right Slovak National Party on Monday informed its partners, the center-left Smer and the Hungarian ethnic party Most Híd, that it plans to pull out of the coalition unless the three… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 8 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 3-4 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA The European Union on Friday sanctioned three Russian firms and three Russian individuals accused of involvement in shipping gas turbines to Crimea. The turbines were legally sold to Russian buyers by the German firm Siemans, but as the EU doesn’t recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea shipping the items there is a violation of… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 3-4 2017

Asia/Africa/Americas update: May 27-29 2017

PHILIPPINES The Philippine military says that it’s “close” to defeating a group of ISIS-aligned militants who have dug themselves in to part of the southern city of Marawi over the past week. Over 100 people have been killed in the fighting, most of them Maute Group fighters, and of course there’s no way to tell… Continue reading Asia/Africa/Americas update: May 27-29 2017