Asia/Africa update: November 28 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Good news everybody: America has turned the corner in Afghanistan! At least that’s what the US commander there, General John Nicholson, says: After 16 years of war, the United States and its Afghan partners “have turned the corner” and “momentum is now with Afghan security forces,” the top U.S. general there told reporters on… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 28 2017

Asia/Africa update: November 27 2017

Obviously I’ve been away for a bit. I’m not going to even begin to cover everything that’s happened in the past week, but I will try to get caught up on a few major things. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghanistan’s next general election is scheduled for July, and as you may know Ashraf Ghani just canned the… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 27 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 13 2017

UNITED STATES Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified today in the Trump-Russia investigation and said essentially nothing. No, really, senators were mad at how much nothing he said. He didn’t even really assert a justification for saying nothing, either. Just kind of said, “eh, I’m not going to say anything,” and that was pretty much that.… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 13 2017

World update: May 24 2017

UNITED KINGDOM We’re learning more about the Manchester Arena bomber, Salman Abedi. French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb today said that Abedi did, in fact, have “proven” links to ISIS, and an unnamed US source told NBC that Abedi had known ties to al-Qaeda. It seems pretty certain that he’d recently been in Libya, and Collomb said that… Continue reading World update: May 24 2017

Europe/Americas update: May 23 2017

UNITED KINGDOM Last night’s suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena killed at least 22 people apart from the bomber and injured another 59. Several people remain missing so those figures could still change. It’s the deadliest act of terrorism in the UK since the July 7 attack in 2015. An improvised explosive device filled with… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 23 2017

Conflict update: December 22 2016

Folks, the real conflict here is between me and the concept of a decent night’s sleep. I seriously considered taking the night off, but given that I’d like to take a couple of the next few nights off I figured I needed to get your #content out there tonight. This one might be a little… Continue reading Conflict update: December 22 2016

The day that was: February 18 2016

Today we looked at the troubling precedent at stake in the fight between Apple and the FBI over Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone. I gave Pope Francis a pat on the back (I’m sure it was the highlight of his day) for relaxing the Church’s proscription on artificial birth control for women in Latin America who… Continue reading The day that was: February 18 2016