World update: November 14 2017

Another short one today, both because I’m trying to recharge a bit and because I won’t be able to write this evening. Back to normal tomorrow. MIDDLE EAST IRAQ Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says his government “will take action” to regain control of Iraq’s entire border, if it can’t reach some kind of accommodation… Continue reading World update: November 14 2017

Europe/Americas update: October 31-November 1 2017

NEW YORK Obviously the story that dominated the news over the past couple of days is Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan. Sayfullo Saipov, a 29 year old Uzbek immigrant who came to the US in 2010, drove a rented truck down a bicycle path Tuesday afternoon, killing eight people and injuring another 12, before… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 31-November 1 2017

Europe/Americas update: October 30 2017

CLIMATE CHANGE We did it everybody! We set a record! Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).   Last year’s increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years.   Researchers say a combination of human activities and… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 30 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 9 2017

EUROPE RESPECTING DONALD Buzzfeed’s Alberto Nardelli interviewed a bunch of European diplomats–all off the record, for obvious reasons–about Donald Trump. Turns out they don’t think too highly of the guy. I think their impressions are instructive of the deeper issues with the Trump administration though. While Trump himself as laughingstock wouldn’t have to be the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 9 2017

Conflict update: March 22 2017

I’m going to be out this evening, so please enjoy (?) this shortened and probably too-early roundup of the day’s worst news. UNITED KINGDOM This is still very much a developing story, but at least four people, including the attacker, have been killed in London in what seems to have been an attempted attack on… Continue reading Conflict update: March 22 2017

Man(afort) overboard

So the big story in The New York Times this morning is that Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, long-time Republican operative Paul Manafort, was apparently very well-compensated for all the political consulting he did for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych a few years back: And Mr. Manafort’s presence remains elsewhere here in the capital, where government… Continue reading Man(afort) overboard