World update: May 23 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN One reason why Nagorno-Karabakh remains a potential flashpoint is because of the hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis who were displaced during the 1988-1994 Nagorno Karabakh War, many of whom still have designs on returning home: According to the UN, about 860,000 people were forced to flee either Armenia proper or Azerbaijani territory occupied by local… Continue reading World update: May 23 2018

World update: March 3-4 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Despite a stark absence of any evidence to support his case, reformed* Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar insists that he can play an important role in bringing the Taliban to the table for peace talks. He claims to already be communicating with Taliban leaders and has been using his own experience as a rebel-turned-whatever… Continue reading World update: March 3-4 2018

Middle East/Europe/Americas update: November 15 2017

It’s a bit of an odd day for the blog in that there was huge news from Africa and comparatively not so much news from the Middle East, so I’ve rejiggered our regular format to try to keep everything at a reasonable length. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA There’s been considerable fighting over the past two days… Continue reading Middle East/Europe/Americas update: November 15 2017

Europe’s handling of its migrant situation is ugly, and probably illegal

Refugees are coming to Europe in huge numbers, fleeing horrific conditions in Syria, Eritrea, and Afghanistan. These are not migrants looking for welfare, or to “take” somebody’s “job,” or whatever other racially-charged stereotype that frequently gets attached to migrants. They’re refugees fleeing war and persecution, and as such they are specifically entitled to legal protections… Continue reading Europe’s handling of its migrant situation is ugly, and probably illegal