Europe/Americas update: March 13 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE The United Nations is out with a new Global Environmental Outlook, and I have to say it looks like things are really going to work out great: The United Nations released its sixth Global Environment Outlook report on Wednesday. Its main message, delivered across 740 pages, is straightforward: Human action is degrading the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 13 2019

Europe/Americas update: February 12 2019

EUROPE REPUBLIC OF NORTH MACEDONIA The former Republic of Macedonia is now officially the Republic of North Macedonia. The country will roll out changes to documents, currency, license plates, etc. over the next few months. HUNGARY Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is offering to pay Hungarian women to have more Hungarian children: The latest example… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 12 2019

World update: February 8 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Syrian state media reported Friday that seven people were killed by a landmine in Hama province. It’s likely, but not certain, that ISIS placed the mine back when it controlled part of Hama province at its territorial height. YEMEN There are no details about this that I’ve seen yet, but the Saudi-led… Continue reading World update: February 8 2019

Europe/Americas update: February 6 2019

EUROPE RUSSIA With the collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, Vladimir Putin wants his military to develop “invincible” hypersonic missiles as a threat/deterrent to the United States. Or at least he wants people to think that’s what he wants his military to do. With Russia’s economy perpetually in tatters there’s little reason to think… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 6 2019

Europe/Americas update: February 5 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE Hey call me crazy but this seems pretty freaking bad: Scientists have discovered an enormous void under an Antarctic glacier, sparking concern that the ice sheet is melting faster than anyone had realized — and spotlighting the dire threat posed by rising seas to coastal cities around the world, including New York City and Miami.… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 5 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 25 2019

EUROPE RUSSIA NATO and Russian negotiators made a probably last-ditch effort to salvage the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty and failed miserably. NATO reiterated a US demand that Russia destroy its 9M729 cruise missile, which it says violates the treaty, and Russia continued to deny that it violates the treaty and reject the demand for its… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 25 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 24 2019

EUROPE GREECE The Greek parliament on Friday will probably approve the deal under which the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia in return for the Greek government dropping its objections to Macedonia’s membership in NATO and the European Union. The vote was postponed from Thursday to… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 24 2019