World update: June 22 2018

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA ISIS’s Amaq news agency is claiming that ISIS carried out an attack against Syrian Democratic Forces personnel in Raqqa on Thursday, which if true would be the group’s first attack in the city since leaving it last October. So far I’ve seen no independent confirmation of anything like this having happened. Meanwhile,… Continue reading World update: June 22 2018

World update: June 13 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili resigned on Wednesday. He’d been mired in a series of disagreements with billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, who awkwardly reassumed leadership of Kvirikashvili’s Georgian Dream party (which Ivanishvili founded in 2012) and has been meddling in the government’s work ever since. Ivanishvili’s return to active politics has coincided with a series of major anti-government demonstrations… Continue reading World update: June 13 2018

World update: June 11 2018

It may be a spare couple of days around here as I fulfill some freelance obligations, so please bear with me. Also I wanted to get this update out before the Singapore meeting starts, so that’s why it’s a little early tonight. G7/SCO The Diplomat compares this weekend’s G7 and Shanghai Cooperation Organization summits, and it’s… Continue reading World update: June 11 2018

Middle East update: May 28 2018

In the interest of the Memorial Day holiday, today’s update(s) may be a little shorter and/or earlier than usual. SYRIA Presumably confirming that a Syrian offensive against Daraa is imminent, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Monday that only Syrian military personnel should occupy that area, which abuts Syria’s disputed border with Israel.… Continue reading Middle East update: May 28 2018

Middle East update: May 22 2018

Hi. Perhaps you’ve noticed that I’ve been gone for a while. I’m not going to recap everything that happened while I was gone, but be forewarned that this is going to be a long post. And by “long,” I mean I’m at 1800 words as I write this and I haven’t even gotten to Iran… Continue reading Middle East update: May 22 2018

Middle East update: May 15 2018

RAMADAN There’s a little confusion about when Ramadan is going to begin this year. For a while now most outlets have been saying it will start on Wednesday (which means Tuesday night). But the final word from the people who decide these sorts of things in the Middle East now seems to be that Ramadan… Continue reading Middle East update: May 15 2018

Middle East update: May 12-13 2018

I’m posting this a little early in case the thunderstorm we’re about to get knocks out our power. There should be at least one more post tonight if the electric grid permits. IRAQ So this is kind of a big deal: Moqtada al-Sadr was leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election with over half of the votes… Continue reading Middle East update: May 12-13 2018