Middle East update: September 5 2018

This evening’s updates may be a little less verbose than usual because I’ll be out for a while watching some people do a live podcast or something in DC. I’m not quite sure what to make of it. SYRIA The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported another day of widespread shelling across Idlib as the… Continue reading Middle East update: September 5 2018

World update: August 15 2018

attwiw is taking a few days off, so today’s condensed and early update will be the last until Monday. Thanks for reading! MIDDLE EAST YEMEN At least 18 civilians have been killed in the past 24 hours of fighting in Yemen. Along with the 13 civilians killed on Tuesday by coalition airstrikes on the town… Continue reading World update: August 15 2018

Europe/Americas update: May 29 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who had to flee to Ukraine in 2016 in the face of death threats because of his criticism of the Russian government, died on Tuesday in Kiev of natural causes. Well, “natural causes” for a critic of Vladimir Putin–he was gunned down outside his apartment building. An investigation is underway… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 29 2018

Europe/Americas update: April 24-25 2018

EUROPE ALBANIA Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama headed to Berlin on Wednesday to begin European Union accession talks and, in addition to warning that Brussels’ failure to expand into the Balkans could leave the region open to Russian influence, had a message for right-wing European populists: From Britain to Hungary, populist parties have made electoral gains… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: April 24-25 2018

World update: April 23 2018

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian military kept up its bombardment of Yarmouk for another day on Monday, though it says it targeted only areas still under ISIS control. Apparently some of the group’s fighters are refusing to leave despite the surrender agreement they negotiated with the Syrian government late last week. YEMEN The Saudi-led coalition… Continue reading World update: April 23 2018

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

Europe/Americas update: April 20 2018

EUROPE SLOVAKIA World War II is back in the news this week, and good for it I guess. Not only was there that massive unexploded bomb discovered in Berlin, which was disarmed on Friday after forcing a major evacuation of part of the city, but four smaller unexploded Soviet bombs were discovered in a field… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: April 20 2018