Today in European history: the Great Siege of Malta ends (1565)

The two most famous military orders to come out of the Crusades were the Knights Templar, which was named for its first headquarters on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and the Knights Hospitaller, which ran a hospital in Crusader Jerusalem before it diversified into the fighting business. The Templars are easily the more famous of… Continue reading Today in European history: the Great Siege of Malta ends (1565)

Europe/Americas update: July 21-22 2018

EUROPE UKRAINE The Pentagon announced on Saturday that it will send $200 million in aid to Ukraine for non-lethal military spending. The money will be earmarked for things like logistics, training, and medical needs. GERMANY I know we don’t usually talk about sports around here, but German footballer Mesut Özil’s decision to quit the country’s national… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 21-22 2018

World update: July 13 2018

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA In what was incredibly only the second most heinous atrocity story of the day (see Pakistan, below) a Thursday airstrike on the Syrian village of al-Soussa, near al-Bukamel, reportedly killed at least 54 people, at least 28 of them civilians. This was likely a US airstrike–the anti-ISIS coalition has admitted that it… Continue reading World update: July 13 2018

Asia/Africa update: May 9 2018

ASIA ARMENIA New Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told reporters on Wednesday that he’s open to holding talks with Azerbaijan, but he’s made it pretty clear that he’s committed to upholding Armenia’s claim on the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Pashinyan visited Nagorno-Karabakh only hours after assuming the PM office on Tuesday, and says he wants the enclave’s leaders… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 9 2018

Asia/Africa update: April 24-25 2018

ASIA ARMENIA It appears Serzh Sargsyan’s resignation was not enough to satisfy the Armenian protesters who forced it earlier this week. Talks between interim Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan and opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan on What Happens Next broke down on Wednesday after Pashinyan made it clear publicly that the entire Republican Party of Armenia must be removed from… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: April 24-25 2018

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

Europe/Americas update: October 17-18 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Russian socialite Ksenia Sobchak, daughter of former St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak and possibly Vladimir Putin’s goddaughter, announced that she’s running for president next year. She, like all Russian opposition candidates, is definitely a legitimate candidate who has as good a shot at winning the election as Putin or anybody else in Russia’s totally fully… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 17-18 2017