Europe/Americas update: February 25 2019

So this post began as a world update, but then some extremely extra stuff happened around Kashmir and so I broke the Asia-Africa material out into its own post, which is now here. EUROPE CYPRUS ExxonMobil is expected to announce soon that it’s discovered a major gas field off of Cyprus’s southern coast. This could… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 25 2019

World update: November 15 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 30 Afghan security personnel were killed in several Taliban attacks in Farah province on Wednesday and Thursday. The Taliban has been very active in Farah for the past several months, which Afghan officials have attributed to aid from both Iran and Pakistan. More than 50 Afghans were killed in the province… Continue reading World update: November 15 2018

Europe/Americas update: December 18 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA I missed this piece a couple of days ago because, well, because I don’t read Newsweek very often, but I stumbled upon it today and I was reminded why I don’t read Newsweek very often: The actual piece, to its credit, only argues that Putin is preparing in case of World War III, but that’s not… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 18 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 2 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA As expected–he really didn’t have much choice considering Congress could’ve and would’ve overridden his veto–President Trump signed into law a bill levying sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korean on Wednesday. While I would argue that the bill has greater ramifications with respect to Iran–it designates the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 2 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 13 2017

UNITED STATES Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified today in the Trump-Russia investigation and said essentially nothing. No, really, senators were mad at how much nothing he said. He didn’t even really assert a justification for saying nothing, either. Just kind of said, “eh, I’m not going to say anything,” and that was pretty much that.… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 13 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 2 2017

UNITED NATIONS Congratulations to the newest members of the UN Security Council: The 193-member United Nations General Assembly elected Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and Poland to the U.N. Security Council on Friday for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018. The Netherlands was elected for a one-year term after reaching a deal with… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 2 2017

Europe update: May 27-29 2017

THE TRUMP EFFECT Donald Trump just returned from an extended trip in Europe, where he attended a meeting of NATO heads of state and then the G7 summit in Sicily. It…didn’t go very well: Body language aside, there was much else to marvel at. In his speech at Nato’s new headquarters – the cost of… Continue reading Europe update: May 27-29 2017