World update: November 3-4 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A US soldier was killed on Saturday in what appears to have been another “insider attack” in Afghanistan. Brent Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, was killed by a member of the Afghan security forces, who was also killed. It’s not clear what the motive was–these kinds of attacks can be arranged by… Continue reading World update: November 3-4 2018

Europe/Americas update: November 2 2018

EUROPE POLAND Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters at a news conference on Friday that he too wants out of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Poland joins the United States, Hungary, and most recently Austria and the Czech Republic in either withdrawing from the accord or expressing an intent to withdraw. SPAIN… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 2 2018

Asia/Africa update: November 2 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Russian government has reportedly been in contact with several Afghan political leaders, including former President Hamid Karzai, to try to bring them to Moscow for peace talks with the Taliban. This is…pretty inappropriate, to be honest, and current President Ashraf Ghani is justifiably pissed that the Russians are basically trying to bypass… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 2 2018

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: July 18-19 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Georgia is run as a fiefdom by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, who served one term as the country’s prime minister in 2012-2013 but prefers to operate behind the scenes to remain as unaccountable as possible. Earlier this year he stepped back into the spotlight a bit, returning to his previous post as head of the… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: July 18-19 2018

World update: March 19 2018

CLIMATE CHANGE The World Bank anticipates over 140 million people around the world being displaced by climate change by 2050. The majority, 86 million, would be in sub-Saharan Africa, with another 40 million in South Asia. Assuming that humanity isn’t going to do anything serious to arrest climate change, and it’s pretty clear we’re not,… Continue reading World update: March 19 2018