Asia/Africa update: March 13 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least five Afghan soldiers in were killed on Wednesday when their checkpoint in Uruzgan province was destroyed by US airstrikes. The soldiers may have fired on a joint US-Afghan unit maneuvering nearby, which then requested air support. PAKISTAN China has blocked a United Nations Security Council move, requested by India, to add… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 13 2019

Asia/Africa update: February 23-24 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan peace talks may be approaching a breakthrough, but it’s come at a high cost. The United Nations says that 2018 was the deadliest year for civilians in at least the last decade, with 3804 killed: In a report released Sunday, the United Nations attributed almost two-thirds of civilian casualties — 63 percent… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 23-24 2019

World update: April 28-29 2018

ASIA ARMENIA It’s looking more and more like opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan will be Armenia’s next prime minster when parliament makes its pick on Tuesday. He’s already met with President Armen Sarkisian to pitch his case for taking the job, which presumably centers on his ability to calm the protesters regularly hitting the streets of Yerevan these… Continue reading World update: April 28-29 2018

World update: April 17 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Protests continued in Yerevan on Tuesday against the installation of former President Serzh Sargsyan as the country’s new prime minister. Speaking to the crowd, opposition legislator Nikol Pashinyan declared “the start of a peaceful, people’s velvet revolution.” He’s got quite an uphill battle in front of him if he’s planning to take on Sargsyan.… Continue reading World update: April 17 2018

World update: February 5 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has decided to move October’s presidential election up to April even though the chances of him losing, regardless of the date, are only slightly greater than the chances of me signing a long-term deal to play in the NBA. Aliyev may be looking to hold the vote before any… Continue reading World update: February 5 2018

Shithole update #2 (Asia/Africa): January 11-12 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A Friday morning Taliban attack on a police outpost in Farah province killed three Afghan police officers. US forces on Thursday reportedly bombed an Afghan government-aligned militia in Nangarhar province after one or more members of that militia opened fire on US special forces troops amid some kind of argument. At least 13 militia… Continue reading Shithole update #2 (Asia/Africa): January 11-12 2018

World update: January 5 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Georgian President-turned-Ukrainian governor-turned stateless pariah Mikheil Saakashvili was sentenced in absentia to three years in prison by a Georgian court on Friday, for abuse of his pardon power during his tenure as president. You’ve heard the saying “you can’t go home again”? In Saakashvili’s case it’s literally true. PAKISTAN The Trump administration clarified… Continue reading World update: January 5 2018