World update: April 11 2018

CLIMATE CHANGE A new study finds that Greenland’s ice is melting more rapidly than previously believed and has been since the 1990s. There’s enough ice covering Greenland to raise ocean levels by about 20 feet, so this is kind of not great news. ASIA AZERBAIJAN In what is likely the least surprising political news of… Continue reading World update: April 11 2018

World update: December 6 2017

ASIA NEPAL Voters in southern Nepal are heading to the polls on Thursday for the second stage in the country’s legislative election. The first stage, in northern Nepal, was held late last month. It’s Nepal’s first election since 1999. NORTH KOREA The United States has begun flying B-1B bombers over South Korea along with F-22s… Continue reading World update: December 6 2017

Asia/Africa update: June 12 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN You ever read a news story and you just have nothing to say about it? I don’t mean that you’re uninformed on the topic or that you don’t have plenty of thoughts related to it, but that you just can’t think of the right way to express how, say, awful it is? That’s… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 12 2017

Conflict update: February 21 2017

Iran It finally looks like a major principlist candidate might challenge Hassan Rouhahi in May’s presidential election. Ebrahim Raisi was appointed last year to run Astan Quds Razavi, the charitable foundation that manages the Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad, and that makes him one of the most important religious figures in Iran. Only 56 (that’s… Continue reading Conflict update: February 21 2017