Europe/Americas update: February 23-24 2019

EUROPE EUROPEAN UNION The European Union is reportedly trying to expand its Libyan concentration camp model to the rest of Africa, but for some reason the African Union is resisting. The EU has an agreement with the Libyan government, such as it is, that allows it to return migrants from Libya, when picked up in… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 23-24 2019

Europe/Americas update: October 10 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Finnish media is reporting that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin may meet in Helsinki again next spring. Hey, it was so much fun the first time around, why not? ROMANIA Romanian Defense Minister Mihai Fifor warned at a conference on Wednesday that Russia “is using the Black Sea to project force in the eastern… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 10 2018

Europe/Americas update: September 21 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday effectively accused the US of using sanctions policy as a way to force other countries to buy US weapons. And hey, I know it’s Russia and we hate them now or whatever, but he’s got a pretty strong case. ROMANIA Romanian Social Democratic Party boss Liviu… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 21 2018

Europe/Americas update: September 15-16 2018

EUROPE ROMANIA A group of hundreds of Romanian judges held a silent protest outside Bucharest’s Court of Appeals on Sunday to call for preserving judicial independence. The Romanian government has been on a months’ long quest to undermine the judiciary and decriminalize corruption on account of the fact that ruling party boss Liviu Dragnea is currently barred… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 15-16 2018

Europe/Americas update: August 30 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The State Department on Thursday accused the Russian navy of “harassment of international shipping” for trying to “impede maritime transit” in the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait as part of an “ongoing campaign to undermine and destabilize Ukraine.” Basically it seems Russia is barring ships from getting to Ukrainian ports. For its… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 30 2018

Europe/Americas update: August 11-12 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA As expected, the five nations surrounding the Caspian Sea (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Russia, and Turkmenistan) signed the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan on Sunday, creating some broad rules for governing the vast…well, it seems like a really big lake to me but what do I know? The… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 11-12 2018

Asia/Africa update: August 11-12 2018

ASIA UZBEKISTAN The Afghan Taliban sent a delegation to Uzbekistan last week, ostensibly to talk about the Afghan peace process but probably more as a demonstration of its improving situation vis-a-vis the war and the legitimate Afghan government in Kabul. The Afghan government says that the Uzbek government had its permission to invite the Taliban… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 11-12 2018