Asia/Africa update: November 4-5 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN US airstrikes in Kunduz province on Saturday reportedly killed “scores” of Afghan civilians: The airstrikes in Kunduz on Friday night targeted three villages in Chardara, a district west of the provincial capital where Taliban fighters have long maintained a strong presence.   Afghan security forces prevented access to the bomb sites in Essa… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 4-5 2017

Asia/Africa update: November 3 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda wants to open a formal investigation into war crimes committed in Afghanistan. Because Afghanistan is an ICC member, she can investigate the actions of American personnel even though the US is not an ICC member. Obviously she’ll also be looking at alleged crimes committed by the Taliban… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 3 2017

Asia/Australia/Africa update: June 28-29 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN One of Uzbekistan’s more charming features is the annual enslavement of much of its population to pick cotton, which remains one of the country’s most important products. The World Bank has implemented projects in Uzbekistan that are meant to diversify its agricultural sector away from cotton, but a new Human Rights Watch investigation… Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update: June 28-29 2017

Conflict update: February 14 2017

Why are you reading this today? Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a happy day–or a depressing day, but for reasons that have nothing to do with the shitty state of the world. Well, you’re here and my wife and I couldn’t find a sitter this evening, so I guess we might as well get… Continue reading Conflict update: February 14 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: January 22 2017

So our guests left a short time ago, whereas I thought they were staying another day for some reason. Leaving on Sunday makes a lot more sense, now that I think about it, but anyway that leaves me free to do a little Bad News Digest tonight. Iraq OK, the news isn’t all bad. Eastern… Continue reading Conflict Update: January 22 2017

Conflict update: January 6 2017

Iraq Here’s one terrifying side-effect of the Mosul campaign that, to be honest, I hadn’t really thought much about: With the launch of the second phase of the Mosul operations Dec. 29, tens of bodies of killed Islamic State (IS) fighters were strewn across the streets in the neighborhoods of al-Salam, al-Intisar, al-Wihda, Palestine and… Continue reading Conflict update: January 6 2017