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

Europe/Americas update: March 17-18 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The experts said it couldn’t be done, but Vladimir Putin proved them all wrong. Through nothing but his indomitable force of will, a deep love for the Russian people, a complete lack of a credible opposition, and nearly total control of state media, Putin eked out an upset win in Russia’s presidential election… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 17-18 2018

World update: March 13 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Another (likely) Taliban attack on a police checkpoint in Farah province left at least five police officers dead on Tuesday. Meanwhile, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis made a surprise visit to the country (always a good sign for the war effort when leaders have to duck in to the country without telling… Continue reading World update: March 13 2018

World update: March 10-11 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 24 Afghan soldiers were killed on Saturday in Farah province when, while assembling for an operation, they were attacked by the Taliban. In related news, the Taliban have apparently been telling religious scholars not to attend a conference later this month in Indonesia that is supposed to build momentum for negotiations… Continue reading World update: March 10-11 2018

World update: January 16 2018

OIL Don’t look now, but oil prices are back up. Brent crude closed at just shy of $70/barrel on Tuesday, the highest it’s been in about three years. The joint Saudi-Russian agreement to cut supply is finally starting to have some bite to it as stockpiles are being reduced, which is bringing the oil market… Continue reading World update: January 16 2018

Europe/Americas update: October 17-18 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Russian socialite Ksenia Sobchak, daughter of former St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak and possibly Vladimir Putin’s goddaughter, announced that she’s running for president next year. She, like all Russian opposition candidates, is definitely a legitimate candidate who has as good a shot at winning the election as Putin or anybody else in Russia’s totally fully… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 17-18 2017

Conflict update: April 27 2017

SYRIA The cause of the explosion that happened at Damascus International Airport this morning has (more or less) been revealed: An Israeli minister has appeared to confirm that Israel struck a Hezbollah arms supply hub in Syria on Thursday close to the airport in Damascus where weapons from Tehran are regularly sent by commercial and… Continue reading Conflict update: April 27 2017