Asia/Africa update: April 26 2018

ASIA GEORGIA The richest person in Georgia is tired of the little people mucking around with his politics and is ready to do something about it: Georgia’s richest man Bidzina Ivanishvili has emerged from seclusion to take back the reins of the ruling Georgian Dream party in an apparent attempt to iron out bitter divisions… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: April 26 2018

Asia/Africa update: November 15 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN/CENTRAL ASIA Svante Cornell at The Diplomat hits back at the narrative of Central Asian radicalization by noting, for those who still don’t get it, that most Central Asian terrorists seem clearly to have been radicalized after they left Central Asia: Both in Europe and the United States, this argument is made with increasing frequency. Fingers… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 15 2017

World update: October 21-22 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A horrifying week in Afghanistan got a little worse over the weekend in two separate incidents. On Satuday, a Taliban suicide bomber hit a bus carrying military cadets from the Marshal Fahim Academy in Kabul, killing at least 15 of them. On Sunday, Nazuk Mir, a leader of the anti-Soviet rebels in the… Continue reading World update: October 21-22 2017

Asia/Africa update: July 12-13 2017

ASIA GEORGIA It’s nice to see, centuries after it was founded, that Russia is still finding ways to keep the empire growing: Just before President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin’s tête-à-tête at the G-20 on July 7, Russia quietly annexed “about 10 hectares” of Georgian territory on behalf of the Republic of South Ossetia, a… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 12-13 2017

Asia/Africa/Americas update: June 8-9 2017

Friends, I’m going to level with you. Between Qatar and Iran and now the UK elections, it has been a hell of a week for a person who obsessively blogs about world news. So this update is really kind of a catch-all for bits of news from everywhere else, though I know some things probably… Continue reading Asia/Africa/Americas update: June 8-9 2017

Asia/Africa update: June 7 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The AP is reporting on a letter its reporters have seen that seems to suggest there’s some kind of power struggle going on within ISIS-Khorasan, between the group’s Uzbek contingent and its Pakistani contingent. The dispute basically seems to revolve around the degree of collaboration between Pakistani ISIS members and, you guessed it,… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 7 2017

Conflict update: March 22 2017

I’m going to be out this evening, so please enjoy (?) this shortened and probably too-early roundup of the day’s worst news. UNITED KINGDOM This is still very much a developing story, but at least four people, including the attacker, have been killed in London in what seems to have been an attempted attack on… Continue reading Conflict update: March 22 2017