Asia/Oceania/Africa update: April 7-8 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Operating under the belief that the Taliban is increasingly reliant for revenue on its control over Afghanistan’s opium trade, the US is taking drastic measures: it’s rethinking decades of utterly failed drug policy bombing more shit in Afghanistan. US and Afghan forces have stepped up airstrikes in western Afghanistan targeting drug labs, the… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: April 7-8 2018

World update: February 3-4 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan election officials say they’re ready to hold parliamentary elections but that they likely won’t be able to do so until at least October due to security concerns. And hey, there’s no rush. Technically they don’t need to hold this vote until, uh, [checks notes] July 2015. So they have plenty of time.… Continue reading World update: February 3-4 2018

Asia/Australia/Africa update (with Bonus Blob Rant): July 6 2017

As I said on Sunday, this week was going to be a little abbreviated around here, and in that vein today’s updates will be our last until Sunday evening. Thanks for reading! NORTH KOREA To recap: North Korea has a functioning intercontinental ballistic missile, one that would potentially allow Pyongyang to strike the United States… Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update (with Bonus Blob Rant): July 6 2017

Asia/Australia/Africa update: July 1-2 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan politics look like they’re about to get more chaotic: Leaders of Afghanistan’s three major ethnic minority political parties, all of whom hold senior positions in the government, announced from Turkey Saturday that they have formed a coalition to save Afghanistan from chaos, issued a list of demands for reforms by President Ashraf… Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update: July 1-2 2017

Asia/Africa/Australia update: June 14-15 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN ISIS has managed to seize Tora Bora, the mountain hideaway in Nangarhar province that Osama bin Laden used to call home, before he moved into the Pakistani army chief of staff’s backyard without anybody in Pakistan knowing about it. Boy, nothing symbolic about that. On Thursday they also managed to find time to… Continue reading Asia/Africa/Australia update: June 14-15 2017

Conflict update: May 5 2017

FRANCE France’s runoff election is this Sunday, and active campaigning ended today, so there shouldn’t be any more major developme– With mere minutes to go before the end of active campaigning in France’s presidential election on Friday evening, front-runner Emmanuel Macron’s campaign released a statement saying it had been the victim of a “massive” computer… Continue reading Conflict update: May 5 2017

Conflict update: April 21 2017

Hopefully a short one tonight. I’m getting a bit of a late start and actually don’t think there’s much to report for a change. SYRIA The first phase of that major four-town evacuation (Fuʿah, Kefraya, Zabadani, and Madaya) has concluded successfully with an additional agreement for the Syrian government to release hundreds of detainees. The… Continue reading Conflict update: April 21 2017