Asia/Africa update: March 25 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. I’m also, in case you haven’t noticed, returning from an unplanned week away due to the flu. As with… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 25 2019

World update: August 13 2018

ASIA CENTRAL ASIA The Diplomat’s Umida Hashimova explains why Central Asian countries are still all-in on the Belt and Road Initiative even as some of China’s other partners are starting to balk at its onerous terms: Central Asian countries are in need of large-scale investments and the BRI intends to do just that. So far,… Continue reading World update: August 13 2018

World update: July 25 2018

We’ve got some activity at hq today (the electricity remains on, thankfully) so I’m going to need to make this as short and early as possible. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA ISIS militants killed at least 96 people on Wednesday in a combination of suicide bombings and gun battles in the southwestern Syrian city of Suwayda. That figure comes… Continue reading World update: July 25 2018

World update: June 19 2018

We’re a little early today because in addition to being Juneteenth we also have a family birthday to celebrate. I’ll catch you all up tomorrow. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Taliban fighters killed at least four people in a Tuesday morning attack on police and military checkpoints in Kunduz province. In case you weren’t sure if the ceasefire… Continue reading World update: June 19 2018

World update: June 11 2018

It may be a spare couple of days around here as I fulfill some freelance obligations, so please bear with me. Also I wanted to get this update out before the Singapore meeting starts, so that’s why it’s a little early tonight. G7/SCO The Diplomat compares this weekend’s G7 and Shanghai Cooperation Organization summits, and it’s… Continue reading World update: June 11 2018

Asia/Africa update: June 5 2018

There are new things on the horizon here, at my Patreon site, and elsewhere. Please check it out! ASIA PAKISTAN Two ISIS suicide attackers killed three Pakistani police officers on Tuesday in Mastung, a town in Baluchistan province. The Diplomat has more on Sunday’s attack against a meeting of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement in South Waziristan.… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 5 2018

World update: June 2-3 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN An archeologist was killed and four other people wounded on Saturday by a roadside bomb near the Mes Aynak dig site. No group has claimed responsibility but the goal may be to delay or undermine plans to mine copper at the site. Mes Aynak contains Afghanistan’s largest copper reserves but it’s also a… Continue reading World update: June 2-3 2018