Asia/Africa update: January 31 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The latest report from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is out and, well, you know how they tell you that if you don’t have anything nice to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all? The report, by the agency of the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, or Sigar, said… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 31 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 24 2019

ASIA GEORGIA The Georgian and Russian governments may be about to reach an agreement on transit through the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Those two regions were of course the object of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, and transit through them has been gummed up ever since. The deal would put a Swiss company… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 24 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 7 2019

Welcome back! As always after an extended break, we will not be recapping everything that happened while I was gone. If I’ve missed a story you think is important, you can always drop me a line and let me know. ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 27 people were killed across Afghanistan from late Sunday into Monday.… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 7 2019

Asia/Africa: December 5-6 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Taliban fighters killed at least four people, three of them civilians, in a raid on a police checkpoint in Herat province late Tuesday. Insurgents, either Taliban or ISIS, also kidnapped the head of a local TV station in Nangarhar province, killing his driver in the process. With peace talks potentially looming, the US… Continue reading Asia/Africa: December 5-6 2018

World update: October 29 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least six people were wounded on Monday when an ISIS suicide bomber struck near the headquarters of the Afghan election commission in Kabul. SRI LANKA Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa began his new gig as prime minister on Monday, after having been suddenly appointed to the job by current President Maithripala… Continue reading World update: October 29 2018

World update: October 17 2018

ASIA GEORGIA The Georgian Orthodox Church is apparently split internally over whether or not to recognize an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Politically this makes sense–while Georgia certainly has no love for Russia these days, it’s also in no position to antagonize Moscow. AFGHANISTAN A suicide bomber killed at least two Afghan civilians in an attack… Continue reading World update: October 17 2018

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 12 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The death toll from Tuesday’s suicide bombing in Nangarhar province has shot up to 68 and may climb still higher. Another 165 people were wounded in the blast. MALAYSIA Likely future Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim will reenter parliament in what amounts to an arranged by-election sometime in the next two months. The… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 12 2018