World update: June 12 2018

AFRICA MALI According to Malian authorities, militants attacked a town in the country’s central Mopti Region on Tuesday but were driven out by Malian forces. Ten of the attackers were reportedly killed. It’s unclear who the militants were. CAMEROON Amnesty International has a new report on violence in Cameroon’s Anglophone region: In a new report… Continue reading World update: June 12 2018

Europe/Americas update: June 9-10 2018

EUROPE POLAND The Polish government says that it has stopped trying to negotiate with the European Union over its judicial reforms: Jacek Sasin, an aide to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, said the government has “run out of concessions” and expects the European Commission to withdraw its threats to punish Poland over the changes that give… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 9-10 2018

Europe/Americas update: June 4 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Folks, Vladimir Putin isn’t looking to break up the European Union: He told Austria’s ORF station he wanted a “united and prosperous” EU, calling the bloc Russia’s most important commercial and economic partner. He also played down reported links between his United Russia party and Austria’s far-right Freedom Party. Mr Putin will meet… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 4 2018

Europe/Americas update: May 31 2018

EUROPE A European court brought up an ugly reminder of the Bush administration’s lawless War on Terror on Thursday: The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that Romania and Lithuania allowed the detention and abuse of a Saudi and a Palestinian at secret U.S. prisons.   The Strasbourg, France-based court said Thursday that Abd… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 31 2018

World update: May 30 2018

I’ll be out most of the late afternoon/evening so you’re getting a short midday update today. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Turkish media declared on Wednesday that US and Turkish officials have reached a deal to remove the YPG from Manbij. Getting the Kurds out of Manbij would avoid a potential Turkish assault on that town, which… Continue reading World update: May 30 2018

World update: May 10 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A tangential side-effect of the Saudi conflicts with Iran and Qatar is that the Saudis have of late been participating in international efforts to isolate the Taliban. Both Qatar and Iran have relationships with the Taliban, so this allows the Saudis to appear the righteous and loyal US allies. But the Saudis are… Continue reading World update: May 10 2018

World update: May 7 2018

I won’t be around most of this afternoon and evening, so please accept this midday update to tide you over until tomorrow. Please check out my latest appearance on Chapo Trap House. I spent part of the interview in some kind of strange fugue state unaware of the current date, so you’ll hear me refer… Continue reading World update: May 7 2018