World update: February 24-25 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Three Taliban attacks overnight between Friday and Saturday left at least 20 Afghan soldiers dead across southern Afghanistan. Of those, at least 18 were killed in one attack on a checkpoint in Farah province early Saturday morning. Two suicide attacks in Helmand province resulted in the other casualties. Another three people were killed… Continue reading World update: February 24-25 2018

Asia/Africa update: June 22 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A car bomb killed at least 34 people on Thursday outside a bank in the city of Lashkar Gah, in Helmand province. The Taliban took credit for the attack, though the location indicated as much anyway. One of the Taliban’s favorite tactics in recent months has been to attack banks on payday, when… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 22 2017

Conflict update: February 18-19 2017

Trumplandia Say, this seems nice: On any given weekend, you might catch President Trump’s son-in-law and top Mideast dealmaker, Jared Kushner, by the beachside soft-serve ice cream machine, or his reclusive chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, on the dining patio. If you are lucky, the president himself could stop by your table for a quick… Continue reading Conflict update: February 18-19 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Rohingya ethnic cleansing program continues apace

The latest step in Myanmar’s campaign to erase the Rohingya people from the planet involves literally erasing them from the lexicon: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has told the UN special rapporteur on human rights that the government will avoid using the term “Rohingya” to describe a persecuted Muslim minority in the country’s north-west.… Continue reading Aung San Suu Kyi’s Rohingya ethnic cleansing program continues apace

Good read on the continuing plight of the Rohingya

It’s estimated that over 100,000 stateless Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar over the past two years in the face of state-condoned hostility from Rakhine State’s Buddhist majority. over the past two weeks about 900 Rohingya a day have been boarding ships to sail someplace, anyplace, else, Thailand usually, and many more have attempted to make… Continue reading Good read on the continuing plight of the Rohingya