Middle East update: May 15 2018

RAMADAN There’s a little confusion about when Ramadan is going to begin this year. For a while now most outlets have been saying it will start on Wednesday (which means Tuesday night). But the final word from the people who decide these sorts of things in the Middle East now seems to be that Ramadan… Continue reading Middle East update: May 15 2018

Europe/Americas update: March 14-15 2018

EUROPE NATO Four more NATO members have cleared the alliance’s informal two percent of GDP defense spending target for 2018. Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania all joined Britain, Estonia, and Greece–who met the target in 2017 and again this year–and the United States, which annually spends approximately 473 percent of its GDP on defense (I might… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 14-15 2018

Middle East update: March 12 2018

SYRIA As the fighting in Eastern Ghouta continues, the situation in the city of Douma in particular seems to be reaching an even more critical level. People displaced by the fighting elsewhere in the enclave have fled to Douma for safety, but now they’re cramped in a city that’s being constantly bombarded and is surrounded… Continue reading Middle East update: March 12 2018

Middle East update: February 19-20 2018

SYRIA Before we talk about Turkey and Syria potentially going to war in Afrin, I think we should say something about Eastern Ghouta, where over 250 people are believed to have been killed since Sunday thanks primarily to airstrikes and artillery blasts from forces aligned with Bashar al-Assad. Assuming these figures are accurate, always a… Continue reading Middle East update: February 19-20 2018

Middle East update: December 20 2017

SYRIA Overnight airstrikes killed 19 civilians in the rebel-held Idlib village of Maar Shureen, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Russia denied involvement, which means it was likely the Syrian air force that carried out the attack. Witnesses allege that this was a double-tap strike, with a second bombing following shortly after the first… Continue reading Middle East update: December 20 2017

Middle East update: December 15 2017

IMPORTANT SITE UPDATE: All this time, without realizing it, I’ve had accelerated mobile posting turned on and as a result anybody coming to this site via a mobile link has been landing on a dull AMP page rather than the nice premium (as in I’m paying for it) theme page that I specifically chose for this… Continue reading Middle East update: December 15 2017

Middle East update: December 14 2017

SYRIA United Nations-brokered peace talks in Geneva–stop me if you’ve heard this one before–collapsed on Thursday having made no progress. UN envoy Staffan de Mistura laid the blame squarely on Damascus, saying that its delegates were “not willing to meet anyone who has a different opinion” and had squandered “a golden big opportunity.” That last… Continue reading Middle East update: December 14 2017