World update: March 2-3 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban launched another attack on Camp Shorab in Helmand province on Friday night, killing at least 23 Afghan soldiers in an engagement that lasted into Saturday evening. At least 22 Taliban fighters were reportedly killed. In a separate attack in Sar-e Pol province on Saturday, the Taliban killed at least nine Afghan… Continue reading World update: March 2-3 2019

Europe/Americas update: August 11-12 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA As expected, the five nations surrounding the Caspian Sea (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Russia, and Turkmenistan) signed the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan on Sunday, creating some broad rules for governing the vast…well, it seems like a really big lake to me but what do I know? The… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 11-12 2018

Asia/Africa update: August 11-12 2018

ASIA UZBEKISTAN The Afghan Taliban sent a delegation to Uzbekistan last week, ostensibly to talk about the Afghan peace process but probably more as a demonstration of its improving situation vis-a-vis the war and the legitimate Afghan government in Kabul. The Afghan government says that the Uzbek government had its permission to invite the Taliban… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 11-12 2018

Europe/Americas update: July 18-19 2018

EUROPE John Feffer puts Donald Trump’s eventful European trip in the context of the global Euroskeptic movement: Why on earth would Trump embark on this surrealistic misadventure in foreign policy? True, his first instinct seems to be to disrupt. His statements also reveal his preference for “strong” leaders over “weak.” Perhaps, as some intelligence community… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 18-19 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: March 21 2018

WATER A new report finds that water is getting scarcer and access to it more unequal: Water inequality is increasing in the world’s most environmentally stressed nations, warn the authors of a report that shows more than 800 million people need to travel and queue for at least 30 minutes to access safe supplies.  … Continue reading World update: March 21 2018

World update: February 22 2018

Lots going on here today so I’m going to try to get through everything in one post. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Turkish government expects to start facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to Afrin just as soon as it takes that enclave from the YPG. Which should happen, uh, any day now, I’m sure. I… Continue reading World update: February 22 2018