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

World update: April 14-15 2018

ASIA ARMENIA The protests against it are ongoing, but former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan was nominated to serve as the country’s new prime minister on Saturday anyway. The protesters did manage to prevent the momentous nomination from taking place at the ruling Republican Party’s headquarters in Yerevan–instead, they had to do the deed at a ski… Continue reading World update: April 14-15 2018

World update: April 13 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan is expected to be named prime minister on Saturday, the culmination of a political transition meant to extend Sargsyan’s time in power despite his having been term limited out of the presidency. Over the past several months, Sargsyan has engineered a constitutional change that makes Armenia’s premiership more powerful… Continue reading World update: April 13 2018

World update: February 21 2018

ASIA PAKISTAN Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s ban on holding political office also prevents him from serving as leader of his PML-N party. It also nullified all decisions he’s taken as party leader since the ban was put in place last year, including candidate selection. This could put… Continue reading World update: February 21 2018

World update: February 10-11 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Taliban fighters killed six Afghan policemen late Friday night in an attack on several checkpoints in Helmand province. Meanwhile, residents of Kabul are living in fear of more terrorist attacks and anger, not just at the Taliban and ISIS but also at their own inept government: It is not only the shock of… Continue reading World update: February 10-11 2018

Asia/Africa update: February 7 2018

ASIA KASHMIR Al Jazeera has a video report on Kashmiri villagers who say their homes have been destroyed by Pakistani artillery fire in recent weeks: MALDIVES The political crisis in the Maldives is already taking on geopolitical overtones. Former President Mohamed Nasheed asked India to step in and stabilize the situation, and now China is… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 7 2018

Middle East update: January 25 2018

SYRIA The Turkish government essentially threatened to go to war with the United States on Thursday, warning US forces embedded with the Kurds around Manbij that if they don’t skeddadle they could be in for a very bad time. This is likely bluster–Ankara and Washington don’t get along very well, but Turkey actually attacking American… Continue reading Middle East update: January 25 2018