Asia/Africa update: July 6 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban have rejected another offer for peace talks from Kabul, this one made last month by the Afghan High Peace Council. They refuse to talk to the Afghan government and characterize it as an illegitimate US puppet. Whether or not you believe Afghanistan is at the mercy of the United States, it’s… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 6 2018

World update: May 11 2018

Just one and done tonight, sorry. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA If you’re terrified that Israel and Iran are about to go to war in Syria, Ha’aretz reporter Anshel Pfeffer is here to tell you it’s all going to be OK: This year, the Iran-Israel war has suddenly come out in to the open, with both sides directly challenging… Continue reading World update: May 11 2018

World update: April 21-22 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armenian authorities on Sunday morning arrested Nikol Pashinian, the opposition politician who has emerged as the leader of the street protests against new Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan’s apparently unending hold on power, along with two other protest leaders. While Eurasianet’s Joshua Kucera says that the arrests initially seemed to put the protesters into a… Continue reading World update: April 21-22 2018

Asia/Africa update: April 4 2018

ASIA CENTRAL ASIA The Carnegie Endowment’s Paul Stronski looks at how Russia and China have, thus far, managed to avoid conflict over their competing interests in Central Asia. Russia has been very accommodating toward China’s Belt and Road Initiative, though to be sure it’s not like Moscow has the economic leverage to compete with Beijing. China,… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: April 4 2018

World update: March 20 2018

Happy Nowruz to anyone who is celebrating today. My appreciation for spring is being tempered by the eight inches of snow the weather tells me we’re about to get tonight, but your mileage may vary. CLIMATE CHANGE A new study from NASA, which is probably going to get its funding cut over this, finds that… Continue reading World update: March 20 2018

World update: March 19 2018

CLIMATE CHANGE The World Bank anticipates over 140 million people around the world being displaced by climate change by 2050. The majority, 86 million, would be in sub-Saharan Africa, with another 40 million in South Asia. Assuming that humanity isn’t going to do anything serious to arrest climate change, and it’s pretty clear we’re not,… Continue reading World update: March 19 2018

Asia/Africa update: March 14-15 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Another likely Taliban attack on a checkpoint in Farah province on Wednesday killed 10 members of the Afghan security services. Farah’s provincial council has requested reinforcements from Kabul to help stabilize the province. Additionally, a truck bombing on Wednesday in Helmand province reportedly killed at least two Afghan border guards. PAKISTAN The Pakistani… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 14-15 2018