World update: January 18 2018

ASIA KASHMIR At least four people–three of them civilians–were killed on Thursday during an exchange of mortar and gunfire across the Kashmiri line of control. Both Pakistani and Indian forces accused the other side of shooting first. INDIA India, meanwhile, tested a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday, and while your immediate inclination might be… Continue reading World update: January 18 2018

Europe/Americas update, August 28 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Two Russian journalists, Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, who (literally) wrote the book on Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities,have written an update to that book that covers Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks. One thing I find interesting, if unpersuasive on its own, is their… Continue reading Europe/Americas update, August 28 2017

Asia/Africa update: August 9 2017

NORTH KOREA If you’re concerned that it’s become impossible to tell the difference between the rhetoric coming from Donald Trump and that coming from Kim Jong-un RE: nuclear war, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is here to tell you it’s all OK: “I think Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 9 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 22 2017

EUROPE EUROPEAN UNION The EU has announced agreement on a handful of collective defense measures: European Union leaders launched their the most ambitious defense plan for decades on Thursday, agreeing a multi-billion-euro weapons fund, shared financing for battlegroups and allowing a coalition of the willing to conduct more missions abroad. It comes as tensions with Moscow… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 22 2017

Conflict update: April 4 2017

SYRIA According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 58 people (one estimate puts the toll over 100) were killed today in what certainly seems to have been a chemical weapons attack on the town of the town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province. Doctors treating the victims described people suffocating, vomiting, foaming… Continue reading Conflict update: April 4 2017

Conflict update: March 23 2017

UNITED KINGDOM The man who killed four people yesterday, when he plowed into dozens of people on London’s Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer and attempting to get into parliament, has been identified as 52 year old British citizen Khalid Masood. He was apparently known to British security services, who interviewed him several years… Continue reading Conflict update: March 23 2017

Conflict update: March 16 2017

SYRIA “Dozens” (somewhere north of 50, but a final count probably won’t be available until at least tomorrow) of people were killed this evening when an airstrike hit a mosque in the town of al-Jinah, in western Aleppo province, at evening prayer. Upwards of 300 people may have been in the mosque when it was… Continue reading Conflict update: March 16 2017