World update: May 28 2018

In the interest of the Memorial Day holiday, today’s update(s) may be a little shorter and/or earlier than usual. ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban’s “governor” of Helmand province has been overheard (his communications were intercepted) ordering the closure of all opium processing facilities in populated areas in the province, citing civilian deaths caused by US airstrikes… Continue reading World update: May 28 2018

World update: April 11 2018

CLIMATE CHANGE A new study finds that Greenland’s ice is melting more rapidly than previously believed and has been since the 1990s. There’s enough ice covering Greenland to raise ocean levels by about 20 feet, so this is kind of not great news. ASIA AZERBAIJAN In what is likely the least surprising political news of… Continue reading World update: April 11 2018

World update: April 9 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev should win another seven year term on Wednesday, particularly given that his opposition is boycotting the election. Aliyev, who is amazingly only 56 even though it seems like he’s been in power in Azerbaijan since the late Middle Ages (it’s been 15 years) is running against seven other candidates… Continue reading World update: April 9 2018

Asia/Africa update: March 16 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN The European Investment Bank has approved a loan package of $1.15 billion to support the construction of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP). That project will bring Azerbaijani natural gas to the European market via Turkey, but its financing has been in doubt over its environmental impact, concerns about human rights in Azerbaijan,… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 16 2018

Asia/Africa update: March 14-15 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Another likely Taliban attack on a checkpoint in Farah province on Wednesday killed 10 members of the Afghan security services. Farah’s provincial council has requested reinforcements from Kabul to help stabilize the province. Additionally, a truck bombing on Wednesday in Helmand province reportedly killed at least two Afghan border guards. PAKISTAN The Pakistani… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 14-15 2018

Asia (i.e., North Korea) update: March 9 2018

AFGHANISTAN At least 30 people were killed on Friday in a number of attacks around Afghanistan. In the largest, at least 10 people were killed and at least 20 more injured when a suicide bomber targeted a Hazara communal ceremony in Kabul. Overnight, the Taliban struck twice in Takhar province, killing 10 police officers in… Continue reading Asia (i.e., North Korea) update: March 9 2018

Asia/Africa update: March 8 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN An airstrike probably from a US drone hit a Pakistani Taliban (TTP) training camp in Saresha Sultan Shah village, in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, on Thursday. At least 20 TTP fighters are believed to have been killed, including two senior figures and the son of the TTP’s top leader, Mullah Fazlullah. PAKISTAN Meanwhile, the US… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 8 2018