World update: July 12 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A likely Taliban attack on a military post in Kunduz province killed at least 15 Afghan soldiers on Thursday, though some estimates had the toll as high as 30. A separate likely Taliban attack on a police checkpoint in Farah province left four police officers dead. Additionally, a US service member died of… Continue reading World update: July 12 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

World update: February 21 2018

ASIA PAKISTAN Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s ban on holding political office also prevents him from serving as leader of his PML-N party. It also nullified all decisions he’s taken as party leader since the ban was put in place last year, including candidate selection. This could put… Continue reading World update: February 21 2018

Asia/Africa update: November 3 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda wants to open a formal investigation into war crimes committed in Afghanistan. Because Afghanistan is an ICC member, she can investigate the actions of American personnel even though the US is not an ICC member. Obviously she’ll also be looking at alleged crimes committed by the Taliban… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 3 2017

Asia/Africa update: October 31-November 1 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN The big story of the day is obviously the aftermath of Tuesday’s terror attack in New York, and we’ll get to that later but here I wanted to try to say something about the US media’s immediate obsession with Uzbekistan. The attacker, alleged I guess, was an Uzbek national named Sayfullo Saipov, and… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 31-November 1 2017

World update: October 19 2017

Happy Diwali to those who are celebrating! I confess to knowing little about Hinduism and even less about Diwali, so if somebody wants to educate the rest of the class in the comments please feel free. (As an aside, though there’s usually not much activity in the comments around here, be aware that I have… Continue reading World update: October 19 2017

World update: October 9 2017

ASIA PAKISTAN At least eight people were killed in two separate attacks in Pakistan on Monday. In one, four Shiʿa Pakistanis and one bystander were killed in a shooting in Quetta, in Baluchistan province. There has been no claim of responsibility so far. In the other, three soldiers were killed in North Waziristan when their… Continue reading World update: October 9 2017