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

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 8-9 2018

Shanah Tovah to any readers celebrating the Jewish New Year this evening. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Dozens of people were killed in multiple attacks across Afghanistan over the weekend. In one attack, Taliban fighters overran a military installation in Baghlan province, killing as many as 40 Afghan security officers. Another Taliban attack killed 10 Afghan police officers… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 8-9 2018

World update: September 4 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN We’ll start where things left off last night, with the announcement that Haqqani Network founder Jalaluddin Haqqani has passed. It’s unclear when Haqqani died–all we know is that the Taliban announced it on Tuesday morning, citing an illness. The BBC reported him dead back in 2015, and for all we know that report… Continue reading World update: September 4 2018

World update: September 3 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN UPDATE: Naturally this broke after I’d called it a night: The Afghan Taliban announced the death of Haqqani Network head Jalaluddin Haqqani, after a "long struggle with a disease from which he suffered". — SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) September 4, 2018 Jalaluddin Haqqani was almost 80 so this doesn’t come as a huge… Continue reading World update: September 3 2018

World update: September 1-2 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN General Scott Miller of the United States Army took over as commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday. On another note, I hope some of my fellow passengers on the Titanic got a chance to see the way the crew moved the deck chairs around this weekend. I think it really looks wonderful.… Continue reading World update: September 1-2 2018

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: August 21 2018

ASIA GEORGIA The Georgian and Iranian governments have gotten themselves into a row after Georgian security forces allegedly forced several Iranian women to remove their headscarves at Tblisi International Airport. The Georgian government says it’s investigated the charge and found no evidence that the women were mistreated. What’s interesting here is that many Iranian women… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: August 21 2018

Asia/Africa update: August 14 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan officials say that their forces have regained much of Ghazni city, which is swell except for a couple of things. One is that the Afghans said they were on the verge of driving the Taliban out of the city over the weekend, a claim that quickly proved to be bullshit, so there’s… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 14 2018