World update: December 1 2017

ASIA PAKISTAN At least four Pakistani Taliban fighters stormed a dormitory at the University of Peshawar on Friday, killing at least nine people. Most students had gone home for the holiday (today was Muhammad’s birthday, which is observed by most Muslims), so it’s possible this attack could have been much deadlier. NORTH KOREA South Korea’s… Continue reading World update: December 1 2017

Europe/Americas update: November 27 2017

Obviously I’ve been away for a bit. I’m not going to even begin to cover everything that’s happened in the past week, but I will try to get caught up on a few major things. ENVIRONMENT Keep eating French fries–it turns out your fast food addiction could be saving the planet: Fatty acids released into… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 27 2017

Middle East update: November 11-12 2017

IRAQ Iraqi forces are moving against Rawa, the last town of any size in Iraq still under ISIS’s control. Initially I have to admit I thought the Iraqis would take Rawa before Qaim and work their way west to the Syrian border, but instead they opted to go around Rawa, take Qaim and close off… Continue reading Middle East update: November 11-12 2017

World update: November 10 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least one police officer was killed on Friday by a Taliban (most likely) suicide bomber in Helmand province. In an interview with Al Jazeera, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the US allowed ISIS to gain a foothold in Afghanistan: “In my view under the full presence, surveillance, military, political, intelligence, Daesh… Continue reading World update: November 10 2017

Europe/Americas update: July 1-2 2017

  EUROPE CYPRUS There was positive news from the Cyprus reunification talks in Switzerland on Saturday: A “clear understanding” has been reached at talks between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders and their backers on what is needed to reach a comprehensive agreement to reunite the island, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday. Guterres,… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 1-2 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 28-29 2017

TRAVEL BAN The Supreme Court’s decision to reinstitute Donald Trump’s travel ban isn’t going over well in the Middle East, and you can understand why. As it turns out, though the decision did leave exceptions for travelers with “bona fide” connections to the United States, the court, in its inimitable way, decided not to explain… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 28-29 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 19-20 2017

BELGIUM This is still sort of breaking so it goes first: Belgian soldiers have shot a man suspected of being a would-be suicide bomber at Brussels Central Station, officials say. He was shot after reportedly setting off a small explosion and no-one else is believed to have been injured. Prosecutors later said the man had… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 19-20 2017