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: October 12-13 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Foreign Policy’s Reid Standish looks at the ways Russia’s neighbors are trying to counter all the fun little things that Moscow does to try to destabilize their societies: The traditional response has been to field tanks and train troops; earlier this year, NATO deployed four battalion-sized battle groups to Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 12-13 2017

Europe/Americas update: October 4-5 2017

ISIS I don’t want to spend a lot of time on the Vegas shooting unless/until some actual evidence emerges that ISIS was behind it, but I feel like this kind of thing needs to be rebutted: Just hours after Stephen Paddock unleashed a hail of bullets on a country music festival in Las Vegas, the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 4-5 2017

World update: September 30-October 1 2017

SPAIN Let’s talk about nationalism for a minute. Nationalism sucks. It’s tribalistic, inherently discriminatory, often violent, exclusionary, and antithetical to values like liberty, egalitarianism, peace, and harmony. Nationalist parties are among the most loathsome political parties in the world: the National Front in France, Britain’s UKIP and the Tory right, Alternative for Germany, Turkey’s MTP,… Continue reading World update: September 30-October 1 2017

World update: September 26 2017

A relatively quick one tonight, it’s been a long day. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Two bombings in western Afghanistan killed five Afghan police officers on Tuesday. Two were killed in Herat province and another three in Farah province. No one has claimed responsibility but these are likely Taliban joints given where they took place. Another police officer… Continue reading World update: September 26 2017

Europe/Americas update: September 23-25 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Because we live in bar-none the stupidest time in all of human history, there are a lot of Russian people who are very angry with Morgan Freeman. The actor. How can anybody be mad at the guy who narrated March of the Penguins, you ask? Well, Freeman, for some reason, lent his voice and… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 23-25 2017