World update: April 21-22 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armenian authorities on Sunday morning arrested Nikol Pashinian, the opposition politician who has emerged as the leader of the street protests against new Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan’s apparently unending hold on power, along with two other protest leaders. While Eurasianet’s Joshua Kucera says that the arrests initially seemed to put the protesters into a… Continue reading World update: April 21-22 2018

World update: March 21 2018

WATER A new report finds that water is getting scarcer and access to it more unequal: Water inequality is increasing in the world’s most environmentally stressed nations, warn the authors of a report that shows more than 800 million people need to travel and queue for at least 30 minutes to access safe supplies.  … Continue reading World update: March 21 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

World update: March 10-11 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 24 Afghan soldiers were killed on Saturday in Farah province when, while assembling for an operation, they were attacked by the Taliban. In related news, the Taliban have apparently been telling religious scholars not to attend a conference later this month in Indonesia that is supposed to build momentum for negotiations… Continue reading World update: March 10-11 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: January 23 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The fact that America’s intervention in Afghanistan is in year 17 should be bad enough. The only lesson the US foreign policy establishment seems to have learned from Vietnam is that you can’t lose if you don’t stop fighting, even if the only reason you’re still fighting is so you don’t have to… Continue reading World update: January 23 2018

Europe/Americas: December 19 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Both Russia and China are unhappy with being labeled American “competitors” in the new National Security Strategy, though they’re handling it in different ways: Officials in Russia and China pushed back on Tuesday against the characterization of their countries as threats to the United States in a new national security doctrine published by… Continue reading Europe/Americas: December 19 2017