Middle East update: May 9 2018

SYRIA This is very much a developing story, but the Israeli military says that Iranian forces in Syria launched some 20 rockets at Israeli positions in the Golan Heights on Wednesday night. There have been no reports of casualties (the Israelis say that their Iron Dome system intercepted several of the rockets) but this does… Continue reading Middle East update: May 9 2018

World update: May 8 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Nikol Pashinyan, seen below with a megaphone in front of his face, was elected Armenia’s new prime minister on Tuesday, one week after failing to secure the post and several days after agreeing to call off the protests caused by his failure to secure the vote last week. Pashinyan won by a 59-42… Continue reading World update: May 8 2018

World update: April 18 2018

OK, so. WordPress has been down most of the day so I prepared a short update in case it came back online at some point. As you can undoubtedly tell, it is back, but it’s too late and I’m too fried to write anything else today so this will have to do. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA… Continue reading World update: April 18 2018

World update: April 16 2018

ASIA ARMENIA About 10,000 protesters hit the streets of Yerevan on Monday and were greeted with tear gas and stun grenades from police. They are, of course, unhappy that former President Serzh Sargsyan isn’t going into retirement despite having been term-limited out of office. Sargsyan will instead be named the country’s new prime minister on Tuesday. Before… Continue reading World update: April 16 2018

World update: April 10 2018

I’m posting a little earlier than usual this evening because I’ve decided to give this whole “sleep” thing another look. In fact if I can manage it this might become the norm going forward. ASIA AZERBAIJAN Eurasianet reports that Armenia and Azerbaijan are competing over the right to serve as Iran’s main economic artery northward… Continue reading World update: April 10 2018

World update: April 6 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi went ahead with his visit to Kabul to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday, despite new tensions over Pakistani airstrikes in Afghanistan’s Kunar province earlier this week. The meeting seems to have gone smoothly, and the two leaders apparently agreed on “a common aim of… Continue reading World update: April 6 2018

Middle East update: March 16 2018

SYRIA Tens of thousands of civilians have fled fighting in Eastern Ghouta and Afrin over the past few days. Conservative estimates put the number at 50,000 but the Syrian government says that over 40,000 fled Eastern Ghouta on Thursday alone, so if their count is accurate the overall number must certainly be well north of… Continue reading Middle East update: March 16 2018