Europe/Americas update: June 4 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Folks, Vladimir Putin isn’t looking to break up the European Union: He told Austria’s ORF station he wanted a “united and prosperous” EU, calling the bloc Russia’s most important commercial and economic partner. He also played down reported links between his United Russia party and Austria’s far-right Freedom Party. Mr Putin will meet… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 4 2018

World update: May 23 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN One reason why Nagorno-Karabakh remains a potential flashpoint is because of the hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis who were displaced during the 1988-1994 Nagorno Karabakh War, many of whom still have designs on returning home: According to the UN, about 860,000 people were forced to flee either Armenia proper or Azerbaijani territory occupied by local… Continue reading World update: May 23 2018

Europe/Americas update: April 3 2018

Hey, how’s it going? Long time no see. As usual when I take an extended break, there’s a lot to get through here and I’m not even going to try to cover every single thing that happened while I was gone. This update is mostly going to consist of stuff that’s happened in the past… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: April 3 2018

World update: March 3-4 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Despite a stark absence of any evidence to support his case, reformed* Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar insists that he can play an important role in bringing the Taliban to the table for peace talks. He claims to already be communicating with Taliban leaders and has been using his own experience as a rebel-turned-whatever… Continue reading World update: March 3-4 2018

World update: February 27 2018

I’ve once again shrunk things down to a single post tonight, and I’m calling it a night a little early (it’s about 9:30 east coast time). If anything comes up later you can maybe check back here or stay tuned for tomorrow. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA This may come as a shock, but you know that… Continue reading World update: February 27 2018

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

Europe/Americas update: February 6 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA It was reported earlier this week that Russia has moved some nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad, which raised some eyebrows at, among other places, NATO. On Tuesday, the Kremlin politely reminded everybody that what it does with its missiles on its territory is its business, nobody else’s. And that’s fair, but sticking potential nukes… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 6 2018