ASIA AFGHANISTAN An archeologist was killed and four other people wounded on Saturday by a roadside bomb near the Mes Aynak dig site. No group has claimed responsibility but the goal may be to delay or undermine plans to mine copper at the site. Mes Aynak contains Afghanistan’s largest copper reserves but it’s also a… Continue reading World update: June 2-3 2018
RAMADAN There’s a little confusion about when Ramadan is going to begin this year. For a while now most outlets have been saying it will start on Wednesday (which means Tuesday night). But the final word from the people who decide these sorts of things in the Middle East now seems to be that Ramadan… Continue reading Middle East update: May 15 2018
ASIA AZERBAIJAN Armenian separatists in the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave say that three of their soldiers were killed in fighting with Azerbaijani forces on Friday. This region has been a lot quieter this year than I’d expected, but it’s still a brushfire waiting to break out given a big enough spark. KASHMIR Six Indian soldiers were reportedly… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 16 2017
WHEN THE KUSH HITS So, uh, you remember how, yesterday, Jared Kushner was just a “person of interest” in the FBI investigation into ties between the Trump 2016 campaign and the Russian government? Well, it seems he’s a whole lot more interesting than the FBI made it seem: Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington… Continue reading Europe/Americas/World update: May 26 2017
An auspicious and blessed Ramadan to any attwiw readers who are observing it. For those who aren’t and would like to learn more about the holy month, there are many pieces all over the internets that can help you. For example, I’ve written about it on another blog, and Vox’s Jennifer Williams has this short FAQ… Continue reading Ramadan Mubarak
Ramadan begins (or began, depending on where you live) at sundown this evening, so for those readers who are observing the fast, Ramadan Mubarak!
I missed this story when it was really big news, because I try to avoid the writings of crazy people and/or those who prey on crazy people, but I was searching for some kind of Fourth of July/Middle East hook yesterday and I wound up on Snopes reading about how Independence Day has been ruined… Continue reading Barack Obama cancelled the Fourth of July to do Sharia, haven’t you heard?