Europe/Americas update: June 7 2017

COMEY TIME Former FBI Director James Comey will testify tomorrow before the Senate intelligence committee regarding his firing and allegations that President Donald Trump tried to “encourage” him to drop the investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia. First, I would suggest you read this summary of recent developments in the Trump-Russia story leading… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 7 2017

Conflict update: April 25 2017

SYRIA This morning, Turkish aircraft struck Kurdish targets in Iraq’s Sinjar region and around the town of Derika (also known as Dayrik and al-Malikiyah) in northeastern Syria. The Syrian YPG militia says that 20 of its fighters were killed in the strikes, while Turkey claims that it killed 70 “militants” across both targets. The Iraqi… Continue reading Conflict update: April 25 2017

Ukraine reminds everybody that it’s still there and still at war

Per Vox’s Zach Beauchamp, it looks as though violence is back on the rise in eastern Ukraine: The resumption of hostilities in Ukraine, with exchanges of machine gun and mortar fire across the front line up to levels not seen since last summer, suggests a willingness by Russia, which supports the rebels in eastern Ukraine,… Continue reading Ukraine reminds everybody that it’s still there and still at war

Whatever it is, it can’t be good

It’s not clear what’s happening in eastern Ukraine, where the rebel “government” in Luhansk has ordered all UN aid agencies out of the province along with an unknown number of other international NGOs (Doctors Without Borders, for one, and it’s not clear how many more). The “government” in Donetsk is reportedly considering a similar measure.… Continue reading Whatever it is, it can’t be good

G-20 leaders have hissy fit while Ukraine keeps burning

The chilly reception that Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly received at this weekend’s G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, could have been predicted a month ago, when Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced his plan to “shirtfront” (Australian rules football slang for roughing an opponent up) Putin regarding July’s downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 near… Continue reading G-20 leaders have hissy fit while Ukraine keeps burning

If Ukraine is worried about a Russian “humanitarian” intervention, why not stop giving them the excuse?

So Russia didn’t invade Ukraine last week, but there seems to be a growing consensus that they will. From a tactical standpoint I’m still not sure what Putin is waiting for; if he’s decided to invade then waiting just means the rebels’ position will have deteriorated that much further by the time the invasion does… Continue reading If Ukraine is worried about a Russian “humanitarian” intervention, why not stop giving them the excuse?

Something isn’t adding up in Ukraine

Friday in the Daily Beast: Right now Russia is moving troops, armor, and advanced antiaircraft missiles toward the border with Ukraine. In the last 48 hours, dozens of videos have been uploaded to social-media sites that show Russian armor very close to the border, many of them confirmed to be within mere kilometers of Ukraine.… Continue reading Something isn’t adding up in Ukraine