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

Europe/Americas update: May 29 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who had to flee to Ukraine in 2016 in the face of death threats because of his criticism of the Russian government, died on Tuesday in Kiev of natural causes. Well, “natural causes” for a critic of Vladimir Putin–he was gunned down outside his apartment building. An investigation is underway… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 29 2018

Europe/Americas update: May 22 2018

IN MEMORIAM Over the past few days, both hardline anti-communist historian and neoconservative icon Richard Pipes, 94, and Middle East historian and neoconservative icon Bernard Lewis, 101, passed away. They say it’s wrong to speak ill of the dead, so…let’s move on. EUROPE RUSSIA Yekaterinburg Mayor Yevgeny Roizman resigned on Tuesday to protest the end of mayoral… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 22 2018

World update: April 27 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Interim Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan refused to meet with opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan on Friday to try to ease the country’s ongoing political turmoil. He later complained that Pashinyan and the opposition have been “monopolising the political process.” Karapetyan’s Republican Party has led the Armenian government since 1999, just to provide some context to that statement.… Continue reading World update: April 27 2018

World update: February 23 2018

We’re going to go with a single update again today, mostly because your bloghost is not feeling so hot today but also because I think we can get away with it. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Turkish forces shelled a convoy heading into Afrin on Friday (killing at least one person) that was carrying…well, take your pick.… Continue reading World update: February 23 2018

World update: November 13 2017

It’s going to be a busy couple of days here at attwiw HQ, so you’re going to have to make due with an abbreviated roundup today and possibly nothing tomorrow though I’ll see what I can do. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA At least 47 civilians have reportedly been killed in an airstrike on the town of… Continue reading World update: November 13 2017

World update: October 26 2017

ASIA KAZAKHSTAN Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Thursday started the ball rolling toward shifting Kazakhstan to the Latin alphabet. By my understanding this is approximately the 87th alphabet change Kazakhstan has gone through in roughly the last 100 years. That might be slightly exaggerated–it switched from Arabic script to Latin script in the 1920s, then to… Continue reading World update: October 26 2017