Europe/Americas update: July 9 2018

EUROPE NATO With a NATO summit starting on Wednesday in Brussels, leaders from member states are trying to figure out how best to handle Donald Trump: The allies see the President Trump of 2018 as different from the one who came to NATO last year — more aggressive, less willing to be moderated or guided… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 9 2018

Europe/Americas: December 19 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Both Russia and China are unhappy with being labeled American “competitors” in the new National Security Strategy, though they’re handling it in different ways: Officials in Russia and China pushed back on Tuesday against the characterization of their countries as threats to the United States in a new national security doctrine published by… Continue reading Europe/Americas: December 19 2017

Europe/Americas update: December 18 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA I missed this piece a couple of days ago because, well, because I don’t read Newsweek very often, but I stumbled upon it today and I was reminded why I don’t read Newsweek very often: The actual piece, to its credit, only argues that Putin is preparing in case of World War III, but that’s not… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 18 2017

World update: October 24 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Pardoned warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar recently gave a couple of interviews to the Guardian recently, in which he denied having committed any war crimes during the Afghan civil war (what, you believe your lying eyes?) and argued, seriously, that he could be a unifying force for Afghanistan. Hekmatyar claims to be in regular communication… Continue reading World update: October 24 2017

World update: October 14-15 2017

ASIA KYRGYZSTAN Sooronbai Jeenbekov appears to have won today’s presidential election to succeed his mentor, Almazbek Atambayev. With 97 percent of the vote in Jeenbekov has won just over 54 percent of the vote, which would put him comfortably above the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff. Omurbek Babanov, his main rival, won less than… Continue reading World update: October 14-15 2017

Europe/Americas update: October 11 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Moscow says it may order further staff cuts to the US mission in Russia, down to 300 persons. When the Russians ordered the US to cut its staff back to 455, the same as the number of Russian diplomatic personnel in the US, they decided to include people working for the Russian mission… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 11 2017

Conflict update: February 27 2017

FOREVER WAR President Trump would like to increase the Pentagon’s budget by $54 billion next year, an amount that, if you’re keeping score at home, is all by itself equal to roughly 4/5 of Russia’s entire military budget. This would boost America’s capacity to shovel huge piles of money at defense contractors fight MOAR WARS,… Continue reading Conflict update: February 27 2017