World update, part 2: March 27 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I'm packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I'll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. AFRICA LIBYA The Libyan and Egyptian governments have reached a preliminary agreement on a mechanism for processing Egyptian workers' … Continue reading World update, part 2: March 27 2019

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Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 23-25 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A car bomber attacked a NATO convoy in Kabul on Sunday, wounding several people but killing nobody (at least as yet). Increasing Taliban activity in Afghanistan's southern Oruzgan province has forced the closure of all or nearly all of the province's medical facilities. The provincial government says the Taliban threatened the facilities unless … Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 23-25 2017

Asia/Australia/Africa update: August 14-15 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN Uzbekistan may be liberalizing just a little bit: Uzbek authorities are removing large numbers of people from its blacklist of potential militants and political dissidents, state officials and media said, in a move likely to raise hopes for a more liberal climate in the ultra-secretive ex-Soviet republic. Western countries and rights activists have … Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update: August 14-15 2017