Europe/Americas update: June 14 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Russia is hosting the FIFA World Cup for the next month–perhaps you’ve heard about that. Which is a nice chance for Vladimir Putin to parade himself around like a world titan. It’s also a nice chance for a bunch of young Russians and young foreigners to meet and mingle. But is that such… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 14 2018

World update: May 25 2018

ASIA INDIA If the possibility of an Indian-Chinese war worries and/or excites you, then you may want to pay attention to recent Chinese mining activity in areas around the highly disputed border between the two nations. The area is believed to contain tens of billions of dollars worth of precious metals, so there’s definitely an… Continue reading World update: May 25 2018

World update: May 24 2018

ASIA PAKISTAN A mob of people stormed and destroyed a 100 year old Ahmadi mosque in the city of Sialkot overnight. The Ahmadiyah is an Islamic faith that grew out of a 19th century revivalist movement led by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (d. 1908), who claimed to be the Mahdi. They are a small-ish (anywhere from hundreds… Continue reading World update: May 24 2018

Europe/Americas update: May 22 2018

IN MEMORIAM Over the past few days, both hardline anti-communist historian and neoconservative icon Richard Pipes, 94, and Middle East historian and neoconservative icon Bernard Lewis, 101, passed away. They say it’s wrong to speak ill of the dead, so…let’s move on. EUROPE RUSSIA Yekaterinburg Mayor Yevgeny Roizman resigned on Tuesday to protest the end of mayoral… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 22 2018

World update: May 14 2018

FYI, tomorrow night’s updates will be it until next Tuesday. For family reasons I’ll be unavailable later this week, and I need a day or two to wrap up a few obligations beforehand. It also feels like a good time to take a little break. Not that I don’t enjoy doing this but between the… Continue reading World update: May 14 2018

Europe/Americas update: May 9 2018

EUROPE Having yet again been treated to the back of Donald Trump’s hand, the European Union is scrambling to try to salvage the Iran nuclear deal–but it sounds like it’s going to be a tough sales job: A day after the US president broke with the landmark 2015 agreement and warned he would seek to… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 9 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