Europe/Americas update: May 29 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who had to flee to Ukraine in 2016 in the face of death threats because of his criticism of the Russian government, died on Tuesday in Kiev of natural causes. Well, “natural causes” for a critic of Vladimir Putin–he was gunned down outside his apartment building. An investigation is underway… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 29 2018

World update: February 3-4 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan election officials say they’re ready to hold parliamentary elections but that they likely won’t be able to do so until at least October due to security concerns. And hey, there’s no rush. Technically they don’t need to hold this vote until, uh, [checks notes] July 2015. So they have plenty of time.… Continue reading World update: February 3-4 2018

Europe/Americas update: December 18 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA I missed this piece a couple of days ago because, well, because I don’t read Newsweek very often, but I stumbled upon it today and I was reminded why I don’t read Newsweek very often: The actual piece, to its credit, only argues that Putin is preparing in case of World War III, but that’s not… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 18 2017

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

Europe/Americas update: July 12-13 2017

EUROPE CYPRUS Although reunification talks collapsed last week, observers say there are positives to take away from the negotiations. For one thing, Turkey showed more flexibility on the issue of its future military role on the island (there are reports they actually offered to give up any right to intervene to protect Turkish Cypriots, though… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 12-13 2017

Middle East update: June 1 2017

ISRAEL-PALESTINE The US embassy in Israel is…staying put, in Tel Aviv, for the foreseeable future. After making a big campaign deal about moving the embassy to Jerusalem and recognizing that city as Israel’s capital, President Donald Trump today issued the same national security wavier that every president since 1995 has issued to keep the embassy… Continue reading Middle East update: June 1 2017

How to craft a narrative

If you’ve ever wondered how to go about creating a narrative to drive public perception about a story, I’m here to help. I’d like to start, if I may, with a couple of examples. Back in January, NATO began major troop movements as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a mission begun in response to Russia’s… Continue reading How to craft a narrative