World update: June 13 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili resigned on Wednesday. He’d been mired in a series of disagreements with billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, who awkwardly reassumed leadership of Kvirikashvili’s Georgian Dream party (which Ivanishvili founded in 2012) and has been meddling in the government’s work ever since. Ivanishvili’s return to active politics has coincided with a series of major anti-government demonstrations… Continue reading World update: June 13 2018

Europe/Americas update: March 2 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The Russian government on Friday angrily rejected claims from the Trump administration that its fancy new nuclear weapons that promise to destroy humanity even better than the old ones actually violate international treaties. For the Russians, ironically, it’s America’s decision to abrogate the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002 that’s partly motivating their decision… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 2 2018

Europe/Americas update: March 1 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Vladimir Putin is really excited about his new nukes: Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that Moscow is developing a new range of supersonic nuclear weapons that cannot be intercepted by antimissile systems.   In his annual state of the nation address on Thursday, Putin claimed that Russia has tested an intercontinental ballistic… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 1 2018

Europe/Americas update: February 26 2018

EUROPE GREECE Somebody tossed a grenade at an Athens police station overnight, causing one minor injury. A left wing anarchist group apparently took credit for the attack in an online posting. HUNGARY The surprise outcome of Sunday’s mayoral election in the city of Hódmezővásárhely has opposition parties wondering if Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party might… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 26 2018

World update: February 15 2018

It’s been a bit of a long day so I’m going to try to keep things brief and contained to one post tonight. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Reuters is reporting that over 300 Russian mercenaries were killed or injured in last week’s US airstrike in Deir Ezzor. Around 100 of them were killed. This is the… Continue reading World update: February 15 2018

Europe/Americas update: February 1-2 2018

EUROPE UKRAINE Al Jazeera reports on the largely ignored plight of Crimean Tatars, who never wanted the Russian annexation and have been paying for it ever since: The Kremlin praises Crimea’s “comeback to Russia” as bloodless and voluntary.   But a day before the March 18, 2014 “referendum”, Tatar activist Reshat Ametov was found dead… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 1-2 2018

World update: January 9 2018

ASIA PAKISTAN A suicide bomber killed six police officers in Quetta on Tuesday. No word as to whether this was an Islamist attack or a Baluch separatist attack, but either is possible. A Pakistani court has freed Sufi Mohammad, a militant leader who supported the Taliban after the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. This… Continue reading World update: January 9 2018