World update: May 14 2018

FYI, tomorrow night’s updates will be it until next Tuesday. For family reasons I’ll be unavailable later this week, and I need a day or two to wrap up a few obligations beforehand. It also feels like a good time to take a little break. Not that I don’t enjoy doing this but between the… Continue reading World update: May 14 2018

World update: May 8 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Nikol Pashinyan, seen below with a megaphone in front of his face, was elected Armenia’s new prime minister on Tuesday, one week after failing to secure the post and several days after agreeing to call off the protests caused by his failure to secure the vote last week. Pashinyan won by a 59-42… Continue reading World update: May 8 2018

World update: May 3 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armenia’s Republican Party said on Thursday that the country will have a new prime minister after next week’s parliamentary vote. And while they didn’t specify it seems pretty likely that opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan is finally going to get the job since he is, at least at this point, the only declared candidate… Continue reading World update: May 3 2018

World update: April 28-29 2018

ASIA ARMENIA It’s looking more and more like opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan will be Armenia’s next prime minster when parliament makes its pick on Tuesday. He’s already met with President Armen Sarkisian to pitch his case for taking the job, which presumably centers on his ability to calm the protesters regularly hitting the streets of Yerevan these… Continue reading World update: April 28-29 2018

Asia/Africa update: April 24-25 2018

ASIA ARMENIA It appears Serzh Sargsyan’s resignation was not enough to satisfy the Armenian protesters who forced it earlier this week. Talks between interim Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan and opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan on What Happens Next broke down on Wednesday after Pashinyan made it clear publicly that the entire Republican Party of Armenia must be removed from… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: April 24-25 2018

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 1-2 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is going to run for a fourth term in October. I know you were all wondering if he would so I thought I’d let you know. AFGHANISTAN An American drone strike in Ghazni province earlier this week reportedly struck a Taliban “meeting” and killed at least 26 of the group’s… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 1-2 2018

World update: January 30 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Everybody is talking tough about the Afghan war today, after that massive Taliban bombing in Kabul on Saturday. Donald Trump already seemed to spit on the idea of peace talks on Monday, but on Tuesday the Afghan government followed suit: “Believe me, I will take revenge,” President Ashraf Ghani said after an evening… Continue reading World update: January 30 2018