World update: March 9-10 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN US airstrikes in Nangarhar province on Saturday killed at least 13 Afghan civilians. The Pentagon categorized these as “precision airstrikes” and blamed the Taliban for using human shields. MYANMAR Fighters with the Arakan Army rebel group attacked a police outpost in Rakhine state on Saturday night, killing nine police officers. The Arakan Army,… Continue reading World update: March 9-10 2019

Europe/Americas update: March 5 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE Hey, this seems bad maybe: Global warming is gradually increasing the average temperature of the oceans, but the new research is the first systematic global analysis of ocean heatwaves, when temperatures reach extremes for five days or more. The research found heatwaves are becoming more frequent, prolonged and severe, with the number of… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 5 2019

World update: February 27 2019

ASIA KASHMIR I wish I could say things are cooling off here, but, well, that would be a lie. Both Pakistan and India claim to have shot down one another’s aircraft on Wednesday, after the Pakistanis apparently carried out an airstrike on Indian territory. The Pakistanis claim they shot down two Indian planes and initially… Continue reading World update: February 27 2019

World update: February 21 2019

ASIA KAZAKHSTAN Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered his entire cabinet to resign on Thursday, citing its failure to improve and diversify the Kazakh economy. He subsequently appointed Askar Mamin to replace now-former Prime Minister Bakhytzhan Sagintayev. There is growing discontent within Kazakhstan about the country’s economic struggles and a lack of job creation. INDIA The… Continue reading World update: February 21 2019

World update: January 10 2019

WORLD BANK When it comes to the two main international institutions responsible for immiserating the developing world, the US and Western Europe have always shared responsibility. Though both positions are technically open to anyone from anywhere, the head of the International Monetary Fund historically has come from Europe, and the head of the World Bank… Continue reading World update: January 10 2019

Europe/Americas update: December 10 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The Trump administration renewed its objection to Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea on Monday, with Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis Fannon arguing that it will give Moscow additional leverage over Western Europe while bypassing and isolating Ukraine. The Ukrainian economy is partially dependent on the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 10 2018

Asia/Africa update: December 10 2018

UNITED NATIONS ASIA The UN on Monday adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, absent 29 countries who have decided to reject the accord or are debating whether to reject it. It’s rare that an international treaty like this generates so much drama, but such is the power of racism I guess.… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 10 2018