World update: December 7 2017

ASIA SOUTH KOREA Russia may have just been barred from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, but it’s now also unclear whether or not the United States will be there. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Wednesday that tensions between the US and North Korea could force the US to skip… Continue reading World update: December 7 2017

Middle East update: December 6 2017

ISRAEL-PALESTINE Donald Trump made it official on Wednesday: he does, in fact, wear adult diapers the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and he has ordered the State Department to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. In making this announcement, he actually tried to suggest that he was advancing the Israel-Palestine peace… Continue reading Middle East update: December 6 2017

Asia/Africa update: October 12-13 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The United Nations says that civilian casualties from American and Afghan airstrikes have risen 50 percent over last year. This comes amid the implementation of Donald Trump’s “bomb the shit out of them and by them I mean whoever” strategy for winning the War on Terror, but notably mostly happened before Trump launched… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 12-13 2017

Middle East update: October 3 2017

IRAQ Former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani died on Tuesday about a month shy of his 84th birthday. A high-ranking member of the Barzani family’s Kurdistan Democratic Party, Talabani split from the KDP in 1975 to found the leftist Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. While they’re currently collaborating in a unity government of sorts, the PUK remains… Continue reading Middle East update: October 3 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 26 2017

EUROPE CYPRUS Cypriot leaders and UN representatives are meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday for “open-ended” talks to try to settle the island’s reunification issues once and for all. As nobody has yet proposed a way to break the main deadlock that currently separates the two sides–Greek Cypriots want Turkey to remove its troops from the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 26 2017

Asia/Africa update: May 23 2017

PHILIPPINES The southern Philippine island/archpelago of Mindanao, marked in red on the map above, is under martial law for the next 60 days, after an attack by the Maute militant group in Marawi City. The Maute group is largely made up of members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which quit its insurgency in 2014,… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 23 2017

Asia/Africa/Europe update: May 16-17 2017

AFGHANISTAN Afghan forces were able to recapture the Qala-i-Zal district of Kunduz province on Tuesday, ten days after it fell to the Taliban. Meanwhile, in eastern Afghanistan, ISIS claimed credit for an attack on the state TV broadcaster in the city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, in which six people were killed in addition to the… Continue reading Asia/Africa/Europe update: May 16-17 2017