World update: April 19 2018

ASIA KYRGYZSTAN The government of Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sapar Isakov lost a very lopsided confidence vote in parliament on Thursday. The move is less about his government’s performance, though it’s hit a couple of rough patches, than about the fact that Isakov is a close ally of former President Almazbek Atambayev. This made him unpalatable to current President… Continue reading World update: April 19 2018

World update: April 18 2018

OK, so. WordPress has been down most of the day so I prepared a short update in case it came back online at some point. As you can undoubtedly tell, it is back, but it’s too late and I’m too fried to write anything else today so this will have to do. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA… Continue reading World update: April 18 2018

World update: April 16 2018

ASIA ARMENIA About 10,000 protesters hit the streets of Yerevan on Monday and were greeted with tear gas and stun grenades from police. They are, of course, unhappy that former President Serzh Sargsyan isn’t going into retirement despite having been term-limited out of office. Sargsyan will instead be named the country’s new prime minister on Tuesday. Before… Continue reading World update: April 16 2018

World update: December 21 2017

While I never say never around here, I feel pretty strongly that tonight’s updates will be attwiw’s final ones for 2017. We’re hosting Christmas here and then traveling to visit family, so I need a bit of time to prepare and then most of next week will just be logistically impossible. The blog won’t go… Continue reading World update: December 21 2017

Europe/Americas update: September 4-5 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA At the BRICS summit in China on Tuesday, Vladimir Putin said that Donald Trump is “not my bride.” This huge revelation was Putin’s way of saying he’s not disappointed with Trump because “disappointment” isn’t a thing that world leaders should be with one another. In that sense I actually agree with him. Putin… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 4-5 2017

A President McCain would’ve greeted other world leaders with a swift kick to the balls

Senator McCain realizes “it was a gross exaggeration” to compare President Obama shaking Raul Castro’s hand with the agreement to hand over part of Czechoslovakia to the Nazis, which is mighty generous of him. But he doesn’t get this perverse need to observe basic standards of polite interaction with Bad Guys (defined, obviously, as “guys… Continue reading A President McCain would’ve greeted other world leaders with a swift kick to the balls

Shaking hands with Hitler, that’s a paddlin’

We’re adding more Hitlers by the day: But McCain said Obama should not have extended his hand to Castro. “Of course not,” the senator said when asked. “Why should you shake hands with somebody who’s keeping Americans in prison? I mean, what’s the point?” That’s when he added the Hitler comparison. “Neville Chamberlain shook hands with… Continue reading Shaking hands with Hitler, that’s a paddlin’