World update: May 23 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN One reason why Nagorno-Karabakh remains a potential flashpoint is because of the hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis who were displaced during the 1988-1994 Nagorno Karabakh War, many of whom still have designs on returning home: According to the UN, about 860,000 people were forced to flee either Armenia proper or Azerbaijani territory occupied by local… Continue reading World update: May 23 2018

World update: February 8 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan authorities say that four children were killed in Ghazni province on Wednesday in the crossfire during a battle between government forces and the Taliban. However, their families say they were killed in an airstrike, which would kind of rule out any possible Taliban culpability. On Thursday, the US carried out airstrikes in Badakhshan… Continue reading World update: February 8 2018

World update: February 3-4 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan election officials say they’re ready to hold parliamentary elections but that they likely won’t be able to do so until at least October due to security concerns. And hey, there’s no rush. Technically they don’t need to hold this vote until, uh, [checks notes] July 2015. So they have plenty of time.… Continue reading World update: February 3-4 2018

Europe/Americas update: December 8 2017

WAR ON TERROR The New York Times‘ Islamic extremism reporter, Rukmini Callimachi, has been tracking terrorist groups’ reactions to Donald Trump’s announcement that the US is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It’s been universally negative, with one interesting exception: The Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza has long been one of the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 8 2017

World update: September 21 2017

Shanah Tovah to anyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah. I’m going to have to condense things again today, and possibly tomorrow as well–I’m trying to make some headway on a couple of paid pieces but it’s been hard to find the time to work on them. Hopefully I’ll get at least one of them written and get… Continue reading World update: September 21 2017

Europe/Americas update: September 19-20 2017

WAR ON TERROR Folks, if you’re like me and you spend any time on Twitter, you may think that it’s home to some of the worst people in the world. And you’re not wrong. However, as a non-Instagram user I was surprised to learn that things may be even worse over there: Researchers say Islamic… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 19-20 2017

World update: September 11 2017

Family obligations take precedence this evening, so today you’re getting a very short mid-day news update. Enjoy! MIDDLE EAST WAR ON TERROR While ISIS is losing territory all over the place, in general things in the MENA region continue to be horrifying: The number of children recruited to fight in conflicts across the Middle East… Continue reading World update: September 11 2017