Europe/Americas update: August 31 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA In response to Russia ordering the US mission in that country to reduce its staff from 1200 to 455 people earlier this month, the State Department on Thursday ordered Russia to close three of its offices in the US: a consulate in San Francisco and two annexes in New York City and Washington… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 31 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 10-11 2017

THE WAR ON TERROR [PLAY SCARY MUSIC] A new report to the UN Security Council says that terrorism is over, we won, you can all stop worrying now HA HA, no, it says you have to still be afraid because roving packs of Muslim terrorists could be RIGHT BEHIND YOU, YES YOU, RIGHT NOW OH… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 10-11 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 9 2017

EUROPE RESPECTING DONALD Buzzfeed’s Alberto Nardelli interviewed a bunch of European diplomats–all off the record, for obvious reasons–about Donald Trump. Turns out they don’t think too highly of the guy. I think their impressions are instructive of the deeper issues with the Trump administration though. While Trump himself as laughingstock wouldn’t have to be the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 9 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 3-4 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA The European Union on Friday sanctioned three Russian firms and three Russian individuals accused of involvement in shipping gas turbines to Crimea. The turbines were legally sold to Russian buyers by the German firm Siemans, but as the EU doesn’t recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea shipping the items there is a violation of… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 3-4 2017

Europe/Americas update: July 7-9 2017

NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT On Friday, 122 nations voted in the UN General Assembly in favor of a treaty banning nuclear weapons. None of those 122 countries actually possesses nukes–the nine nuclear nations, plus Japan, the NATO states, and a few other countries, all boycotted even the debate over the measure–so the vote is meaningless even by… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 7-9 2017

Europe/Americas update: July 4-5 2017

EUROPE EUROPE Jean-Claude Juncker is the President of the European Commission and a man who also happens to be correct at least in this particular instance: EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker called European lawmakers “ridiculous” on Tuesday for failing to turn up to an address by Malta’s prime minister, saying they should show more respect… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 4-5 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 26 2017

EUROPE CYPRUS Cypriot leaders and UN representatives are meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday for “open-ended” talks to try to settle the island’s reunification issues once and for all. As nobody has yet proposed a way to break the main deadlock that currently separates the two sides–Greek Cypriots want Turkey to remove its troops from the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 26 2017