World update: March 5 2018

ASIA PAKISTAN The broad realignment of South Asian geopolitics is really going full-bore these days. There’s the burgeoning US-India relationship that coincides with serious problems in the US-Pakistan relationship, and the reverse is happening in Russia’s relations with both countries. The Russia-India relationship remains pretty strong at the moment, but it might not for much… Continue reading World update: March 5 2018

Europe/Americas update: February 1-2 2018

EUROPE UKRAINE Al Jazeera reports on the largely ignored plight of Crimean Tatars, who never wanted the Russian annexation and have been paying for it ever since: The Kremlin praises Crimea’s “comeback to Russia” as bloodless and voluntary.   But a day before the March 18, 2014 “referendum”, Tatar activist Reshat Ametov was found dead… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 1-2 2018

World update: January 10 2018

ASIA MYANMAR The Myanmar military has admitted that its soldiers murdered ten Rohingya prisoners in September, during its excessive crackdown/ethnic cleansing campaign. It’s one of the few instances in which they’ve allowed that perhaps some of their soldiers acted inappropriately during the episode that saw mass atrocities committed against the Rohingya community. CHINA Beijing’s Belt… Continue reading World update: January 10 2018

Europe/Americas update: August 31 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA In response to Russia ordering the US mission in that country to reduce its staff from 1200 to 455 people earlier this month, the State Department on Thursday ordered Russia to close three of its offices in the US: a consulate in San Francisco and two annexes in New York City and Washington… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 31 2017

Europe/Americas update: July 7-9 2017

NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT On Friday, 122 nations voted in the UN General Assembly in favor of a treaty banning nuclear weapons. None of those 122 countries actually possesses nukes–the nine nuclear nations, plus Japan, the NATO states, and a few other countries, all boycotted even the debate over the measure–so the vote is meaningless even by… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 7-9 2017

Conflict update: April 27 2017

SYRIA The cause of the explosion that happened at Damascus International Airport this morning has (more or less) been revealed: An Israeli minister has appeared to confirm that Israel struck a Hezbollah arms supply hub in Syria on Thursday close to the airport in Damascus where weapons from Tehran are regularly sent by commercial and… Continue reading Conflict update: April 27 2017

Conflict update, April 26 2017

SYRIA UPDATE: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that there’s been an explosion and fire at Damascus International Airport. No cause has been suggested. As promised, the French government has produced proof that Bashar al-Assad’s government was behind the April 4 chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun–and as expected, it’s somewhat less than meets… Continue reading Conflict update, April 26 2017