World update: June 8 2018

G7 Well it seems like the G7 is off to a really productive start. And by that I mean nobody stormed out or declared war on anybody else. That’s about all anybody can hope these days. Donald Trump and the other six leaders–each of whom is either pissed at or freaking out over Trump’s protectionism–reportedly… Continue reading World update: June 8 2018

World update: May 15 2018

Remember that tonight’s updates are the last I’ll be doing until next Tuesday. Ramadan Mubarak to anyone who is observing the fast and thanks for reading. See you next week. ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban say they’ve captured Farah city, in western Afghanistan, after a daylong battle. Afghan authorities are promising to drive them out of… Continue reading World update: May 15 2018

World update: May 4 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Taliban fighters on Thursday night took control of the district of Kohistan, in Badakhshan province. At least 15 Afghan security officers were killed in the fighting before the Afghans were forced to retreat when requested supplies and reinforcements failed to arrive. This is the third district the Taliban have taken in Badakhshan, a province that… Continue reading World update: May 4 2018

World update: May 3 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armenia’s Republican Party said on Thursday that the country will have a new prime minister after next week’s parliamentary vote. And while they didn’t specify it seems pretty likely that opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan is finally going to get the job since he is, at least at this point, the only declared candidate… Continue reading World update: May 3 2018

World update: April 30 2018

I’m going to be out of commission most of the rest of the day, so I leave you with a short mid-day update to be continued tomorrow. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Monday morning’s missile strike against military bases near Hama and Aleppo killed at least 16 people, most of them reportedly Iranians. Casualty estimates have varied… Continue reading World update: April 30 2018

Europe/Americas update: March 8 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Al-Monitor’s Laura Rozen is reporting that one of the newest characters in Robert Mueller’s cast of crazies helped broker a $4.2 billion arms deal between Iraq and Russia back in 2012: George Nader, 58, traveled to Moscow in 2012, telling Russian interlocutors that he represented Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the deal should… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 8 2018

World update: February 28 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday dangled probably the biggest carrot he has in front of the Taliban: President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan renewed a call on Wednesday for the Taliban to join peace talks, offering to treat the insurgent group as a legitimate political party, though it has repeatedly rejected similar proposals.   In… Continue reading World update: February 28 2018