Asia/Africa update: February 7 2018

ASIA KASHMIR Al Jazeera has a video report on Kashmiri villagers who say their homes have been destroyed by Pakistani artillery fire in recent weeks: MALDIVES The political crisis in the Maldives is already taking on geopolitical overtones. Former President Mohamed Nasheed asked India to step in and stabilize the situation, and now China is… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 7 2018

Europe/Americas update: July 6 2017

As I said on Sunday, this week was going to be a little abbreviated around here, and in that vein today’s updates will be our last until Sunday evening. Thanks for reading! EUROPE CYPRUS Reunification talks do not seem to be progressing toward a deal and in fact may be sliding backwards: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 6 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 30 2017

I know it’s a little early this evening, but I’m beat and so I’m deciding to call it a night barring some major thing happening. EUROPE CYPRUS There has apparently been progress in Cyprus reunification talks, but not enough to say if or when there might be a deal: Progress has been slow in high-level… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 30 2017

Selective focus

If you’ve been watching TV news and/or listening to our political leaders, then you know one thing about Omar Mateen: he was an ISIS terrorist, or an “Islamic radical,” or whatever magic combination of words we’re all supposed to say. But the more we learn about him the clearer it is that his motivations for… Continue reading Selective focus

The Orlando attack: What we know and what I think we can say

In case you’ve been away from the news all day, here’s the summary: early this morning a gunman attacked an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing (at last count) 50 people and wounding another 53. The gunman was Omar Mateen, an American citizen whose parents immigrated from Afghanistan, and he was killed by police at… Continue reading The Orlando attack: What we know and what I think we can say

BREAKING: AMERICAN CITIZENS UNJUSTLY IMPRISONED BY MIDDLE EASTERN DICTATORSHIP AND oh, my bad, never mind

ThinkProgress’s Beenish Ahmed has the story of two American citizens who have been most likely railroaded by the Kuwaiti justice system (such as it is) because they happen to be a lesbian couple: A U.S. army veteran and her partner have been sentenced to more than 20 years in a Kuwaiti prison for trumped up… Continue reading BREAKING: AMERICAN CITIZENS UNJUSTLY IMPRISONED BY MIDDLE EASTERN DICTATORSHIP AND oh, my bad, never mind

Friday night sext: Bob Frey explains how AIDS comes from people’s butts, like cooties

Meet Bob Frey. Bob is running for the Minnesota House of by-God Representatives this year, and he’s running in the Republican primary right now against a fellow named Jim Nash. Bob wants the people of Minnesota’s 47A House district to know that he’s not obsessed with social issues! He cares about jobs and taxes too!… Continue reading Friday night sext: Bob Frey explains how AIDS comes from people’s butts, like cooties