Asia/Africa update: December 19 2017

ASIA KASHMIR Two Kashmiri separatists and a civilian were killed Tuesday in a gun battle between the separatists and Indian forces in a village in southern Kashmir. MYANMAR Myanmar authorities arrested two Reuters journalists a week ago on allegations that they violated the country’s Official Secrets Act somehow. Apart from the obvious implications for journalistic… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 19 2017

Asia/Africa update: October 3 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN Uzbekistan seems to be going through a bit of an identity crisis these days. Since taking over as president last year, Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been taking steps to loosen up the country’s ultra-repressive political environment, for example by releasing political prisoners like activist Azam Farmonov, who was freed on Tuesday. He’s presumably doing this to… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 3 2017

Asia/Africa update: June 17-18 2017

MALI Four jihadi attackers stormed the Campement Kangaba, a Bamako hotel reportedly popular with foreigners, on Sunday afternoon. They killed at least two people before Malian authorities, with some French assistance, killed three of them (the fourth attacker seems to have gotten away). There’s been no claim of responsibility, but Mali has a significant al-Qaeda… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 17-18 2017

Conflict update: February 9 2017

Just by way of an update, there’s a pretty good chance this place will be quiet tomorrow. I’m traveling again and, well, I might just feel like crashing afterwards. That’s also why this is posting a few hours earlier than I usually post these updates. #ThanksTrump As the Trump administration decides how to proceed now… Continue reading Conflict update: February 9 2017

Conflict update: February 7 2017

OK, so…this could get long. Sorry. That’s what happens when I’m away for a few days. #ThanksTrump I almost feel like I should start each of these with a quick roundup of the miscellaneous ways Donald Trump is fucking up around the world. For example: When President Trump makes a formal state visit to the… Continue reading Conflict update: February 7 2017