Asia/Africa update: June 20 2018

ASIA KAZAKHSTAN The chair of Kazakhstan’s Senate (who functions sort of as a vice president), Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, told the BBC on Wednesday that incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev will not stand in the country’s 2020 election. Considering that Nazarbayev has been Kazakh president since 1990, that’s kind of a big deal if true. Tokayev stressed that he was only expressing… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 20 2018

Conflict update: March 2-5 2017

GOVERNMENT OF THE MARKS There’s long been this narrative on the right that America spends vast sums of money helping feed and clothe the poor around the world while our own people/military/deficit starve/wastes away/balloons. This is, of course, a giant pile of bullshit, maybe the most bullshit of all the bullshit stories the right has… Continue reading Conflict update: March 2-5 2017

Conflict Update: February 3 2017

This is likely the last one of these for at least a couple of days, for a couple of different reasons that I’ll explain in a post tomorrow. Trumptopia I feel like the frenzy of alternately draconian and idiotic foreign policymaking that has marked the first three (almost) weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency is overwhelming.… Continue reading Conflict Update: February 3 2017

Conflict update: January 11 2017

On the plus side, I finally finished that interview I was transcribing and sent it to my editor. On the minus side, that plus a checkup at the doctor occupied most of my day. I’ll try to get back in some regular order tomorrow. Syria Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the Syrian… Continue reading Conflict update: January 11 2017

Ah, democracy in action

It’s always nice to see a good man or lady being rewarded for their commitment to public service by being reelected in a free and fair election, and today we’re blessed to have two such occurrences to celebrate. Lucky us! First, in Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir was returned to office for another five year term… Continue reading Ah, democracy in action

Where are they now

Hey, if you’ve been wondering what former British PM Tony Blair has been up to, and I can’t see why you wouldn’t have been, you’ll be pleased to know that he’s found a real niche as an image consultant for repressive dictators (via): Tony Blair gave Kazakhstan’s autocratic president advice on how to manage his… Continue reading Where are they now