Asia/Africa update: July 9 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise stopover in Afghanistan on Monday on his way back from North Korea. He gushed about the success of the US operation there even as he had to fly in and out in a matter of a few hours under extremely heavy security and without making… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 9 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: May 11 2018

Just one and done tonight, sorry. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA If you’re terrified that Israel and Iran are about to go to war in Syria, Ha’aretz reporter Anshel Pfeffer is here to tell you it’s all going to be OK: This year, the Iran-Israel war has suddenly come out in to the open, with both sides directly challenging… Continue reading World update: May 11 2018

Asia/Africa update: May 9 2018

ASIA ARMENIA New Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told reporters on Wednesday that he’s open to holding talks with Azerbaijan, but he’s made it pretty clear that he’s committed to upholding Armenia’s claim on the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Pashinyan visited Nagorno-Karabakh only hours after assuming the PM office on Tuesday, and says he wants the enclave’s leaders… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 9 2018

World update: May 7 2018

I won’t be around most of this afternoon and evening, so please accept this midday update to tide you over until tomorrow. Please check out my latest appearance on Chapo Trap House. I spent part of the interview in some kind of strange fugue state unaware of the current date, so you’ll hear me refer… Continue reading World update: May 7 2018

World update: May 1 2018

ENVIRONMENT New data from the World Health Organization shows that air pollution is killing seven million people per year–and naturally, poor nations are being hit hardest: “There are cities and regions where improvement is happening,” said Sophie Gumy, one of the authors of the report. “But even if things have started to move, they aren’t… Continue reading World update: May 1 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