World update: February 13 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The AP is reporting that Afghan authorities are maintaining two separate tracks of back-channel contacts with the Taliban, one via the country’s intelligence chief Mohammed Masoom Stanekzai and the other via Ashraf Ghani’s national security adviser, Mohammad Hanif Atmar. The existence of these channels leaves open the possibility of a resumption of peace talks, but… Continue reading World update: February 13 2018

Today in Middle Eastern history: Lebanon’s Bus Massacre (1975)

The Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) lasted a whopping 15 years and resulted in the deaths of as many as 150,000-250,000 (estimates vary) people. By comparison, the Syrian Civil War, which everybody agrees is a catastrophe of epic proportions, has gone on for a mere five years with only a marginally higher death toll (using the… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Lebanon’s Bus Massacre (1975)