Europe/Americas update: June 14-15 2017

UNITED STATES The biggest news in the US over the past couple of days has obviously been the shooting incident in Virginia on Wednesday at a baseball practice being held by Congressional Republicans in advance of the big Congressional baseball game that was held Thursday evening. There’s nothing I could say about this that hasn’t… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 14-15 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 13 2017

UNITED STATES Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified today in the Trump-Russia investigation and said essentially nothing. No, really, senators were mad at how much nothing he said. He didn’t even really assert a justification for saying nothing, either. Just kind of said, “eh, I’m not going to say anything,” and that was pretty much that.… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 13 2017

Asia/Africa update: June 13 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Here’s some good news: The World Bank on Tuesday approved financing worth more than $500 million for Afghanistan to support a string of projects to boost the economy, help improve service delivery in five cities and support Afghan refugees sent back from Pakistan. The bank said the six grants, including donor money, worth… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 13 2017

Asia/Africa update: June 2 2017

PHILIPPINES At this point, from where I sit, there is almost nothing about Friday’s attack on the Resorts World Manila casino that makes sense. The death toll now stands at 38, including the lone attacker, who either died of gunshot wounds or self-immolation. The other 37 seem to have all died of causes related to… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 2 2017

Europe/Americas/World update: May 26 2017

WHEN THE KUSH HITS So, uh, you remember how, yesterday, Jared Kushner was just a “person of interest” in the FBI investigation into ties between the Trump 2016 campaign and the Russian government? Well, it seems he’s a whole lot more interesting than the FBI made it seem: Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington… Continue reading Europe/Americas/World update: May 26 2017

World update: May 18 2017

By “world” I mean everything outside the Middle East. Yes, I know the Middle East is part of the “world,” but…hey, you come up with the post titles next time. TODAY IN TRUMP What shit hit the fan today, you ask? Well, I don’t want to give anything away, but if I were Michael Flynn… Continue reading World update: May 18 2017

Middle East update: May 16-17 2017

TURKEY We’re going to start with a story about Turkey that didn’t happen in Turkey, or anywhere near Turkey. Rather, it happened in Washington, DC, on Tuesday: Supporters and opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey engaged in a violent confrontation outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington on Tuesday night. Nine people were… Continue reading Middle East update: May 16-17 2017