Asia/Africa update: April 3 2018

Hey, how’s it going? Long time no see. As usual when I take an extended break, there’s a lot to get through here and I’m not even going to try to cover every single thing that happened while I was gone. This update is mostly going to consist of stuff that’s happened in the past… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: April 3 2018

Asia/Africa update: November 27 2017

Obviously I’ve been away for a bit. I’m not going to even begin to cover everything that’s happened in the past week, but I will try to get caught up on a few major things. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghanistan’s next general election is scheduled for July, and as you may know Ashraf Ghani just canned the… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 27 2017

World update: November 18-19 2017

Reserving the right to pop back up if something major happens, and of course barring some kind of unforeseen problem on the back end, this is going to be our last set of updates until Monday, November 27. Thanksgiving is going to be extra challenging this year for a myriad of family reasons, and so… Continue reading World update: November 18-19 2017

Asia/Africa update: October 11 2017

ASIA KYRGYZSTAN Kyrgyz voters go to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president, in what should be the country’s first peaceful transition of power since the fall of the Soviet Union: Askar Akayev and Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Kyrgyzstan’s first two post-Soviet presidents, were forced out of office in revolutions of 2005 and 2010. Now,… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 11 2017

Asia/Africa update: October 4-5 2017

ASIA PAKISTAN At least 20 people were killed on Thursday in Jhal Magsi, a small village in southwestern Pakistan, when an ISIS suicide bomber struck a local Shiʿa/Sufi shrine. The Pakistani military spent part of the day on Thursday parsing the difference between “having connections to” and “supporting” terrorist groups. Which seems like an excellent… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 4-5 2017

Asia/Africa update: September 16-17 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Two bombings in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday–one in Khost province and the other in Laghman province–killed at least six people in total. These are likely to have been Taliban attacks. Hey, exciting news! Kabul’s Green Zone is getting bigger: Soon, American Embassy employees in Kabul will no longer need to take a Chinook… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: September 16-17 2017

Asia/Africa update: August 5-7 2017

PHILIPPINES Anybody who had “Philippines” in their “where will America bomb next” office pool, stand by to collect your winnings: The Pentagon is considering a plan that allows the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes on ISIS in the Philippines, two defense officials told NBC News. The authority to strike ISIS targets as part of collective… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 5-7 2017