World update: December 11 2017

ASIA MYANMAR The AP has conducted an in-depth investigation into the rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar soldiers. It is absolutely chilling and should be read as widely as possible, so please go do that: The rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar’s security forces has been sweeping and methodical, the Associated Press found in interviews… Continue reading World update: December 11 2017

World update: December 9-10 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Taliban fighters killed three Afghan soldiers on Saturday in an attack on a checkpoint in Ghazni province. INDIA The first stage of voting took place on Saturday in regional elections in India’s Gujarat state. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has campaigned heavily to ensure that his Bharatiya Janata Party retains the majority in the… Continue reading World update: December 9-10 2017

Europe/Americas update: December 8 2017

WAR ON TERROR The New York Times‘ Islamic extremism reporter, Rukmini Callimachi, has been tracking terrorist groups’ reactions to Donald Trump’s announcement that the US is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It’s been universally negative, with one interesting exception: The Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza has long been one of the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 8 2017

World update: December 6 2017

ASIA NEPAL Voters in southern Nepal are heading to the polls on Thursday for the second stage in the country’s legislative election. The first stage, in northern Nepal, was held late last month. It’s Nepal’s first election since 1999. NORTH KOREA The United States has begun flying B-1B bombers over South Korea along with F-22s… Continue reading World update: December 6 2017

World update: December 5 2017

POLLUTION New research into the effect of air pollution on fetal development paints a pretty stark picture: Air pollution significantly increases the risk of low birth weight in babies, leading to lifelong damage to health, according to a large new study.   The research was conducted in London, UK, but its implications for many millions… Continue reading World update: December 5 2017

World update: December 2-3 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A suicide bomber struck a soccer stadium in Jalalabad on Sunday, killing at least six people. There has been no claim of responsibility, but given that the attack took place in Nangarhar province ISIS is a strong possibility. On the plus side, Afghan authorities say their forces killed Mullah Shah Wali, the commander of… Continue reading World update: December 2-3 2017

World update: October 28-29 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A Taliban attack on a checkpoint in Kunduz province killed at least 13 Afghan police officers on Sunday. Meanwhile, in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan, the deputy governor of Afghanistan’s Kunar province, Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi, was reportedly kidnapped by…somebody. The Afghan Taliban denied involvement in the kidnapping, saying that they don’t do that sort… Continue reading World update: October 28-29 2017