Asia/Africa update: June 4 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A suicide attacker struck a meeting of the Afghan Ulema (religious scholars) Council in Kabul on Monday, killing at least 14 people. The scholars had just issued edicts declaring that the Afghan insurgency has no religious basis and suicide bombings are counter to Islamic law. It’s unknown who was behind the attack but ISIS… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 4 2018

World update: December 12, 2017

Happy Hanukkah to those readers who are celebrating! CLIMATE CHANGE Good news from the Arctic: Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing faster than ever, according to a new US government report that also found Arctic seawater is warming and sea ice is melting at the fastest pace in 1,500 years.   The annual report released… Continue reading World update: December 12, 2017

World update: November 13 2017

It’s going to be a busy couple of days here at attwiw HQ, so you’re going to have to make due with an abbreviated roundup today and possibly nothing tomorrow though I’ll see what I can do. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA At least 47 civilians have reportedly been killed in an airstrike on the town of… Continue reading World update: November 13 2017

Asia/Australia/Africa update: July 7-9 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The New York Times reports on the astonishingly horrific situation for women in Afghanistan’s anarchic Ghor province: If Afghanistan is one of the worst places to be a woman, then Ghor, a province so lawless that people often wonder if there is a government there at all, may be the country’s capital of gender-based… Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update: July 7-9 2017

Asia/Africa update: May 23 2017

PHILIPPINES The southern Philippine island/archpelago of Mindanao, marked in red on the map above, is under martial law for the next 60 days, after an attack by the Maute militant group in Marawi City. The Maute group is largely made up of members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which quit its insurgency in 2014,… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 23 2017

Conflict update, November 6

Oh, hi there. Been a while, huh? Sorry. Sometimes you just need a break, or a decent night’s sleep, or in my case both. Here are the latest updates from all the various places in the greater MENA region where people are currently killing each other, or thinking about killing each other: Syria The big… Continue reading Conflict update, November 6