World update: April 23 2018

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian military kept up its bombardment of Yarmouk for another day on Monday, though it says it targeted only areas still under ISIS control. Apparently some of the group’s fighters are refusing to leave despite the surrender agreement they negotiated with the Syrian government late last week. YEMEN The Saudi-led coalition… Continue reading World update: April 23 2018

World update: March 20 2018

Happy Nowruz to anyone who is celebrating today. My appreciation for spring is being tempered by the eight inches of snow the weather tells me we’re about to get tonight, but your mileage may vary. CLIMATE CHANGE A new study from NASA, which is probably going to get its funding cut over this, finds that… Continue reading World update: March 20 2018

Europe/Americas update: March 17-18 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The experts said it couldn’t be done, but Vladimir Putin proved them all wrong. Through nothing but his indomitable force of will, a deep love for the Russian people, a complete lack of a credible opposition, and nearly total control of state media, Putin eked out an upset win in Russia’s presidential election… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 17-18 2018

Middle East update: March 10-11 2018

SYRIA After several days full of conflicting reports, it seems everybody finally got on the same page with respect to Eastern Ghouta, and by that I mean everybody seems to be in agreement that pro-government forces have cut the territory into (at least) two sections and possibly three. Over the weekend they captured the towns of… Continue reading Middle East update: March 10-11 2018

World update: February 15 2018

It’s been a bit of a long day so I’m going to try to keep things brief and contained to one post tonight. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Reuters is reporting that over 300 Russian mercenaries were killed or injured in last week’s US airstrike in Deir Ezzor. Around 100 of them were killed. This is the… Continue reading World update: February 15 2018

Middle East update: November 2 2017

IRAQ Iraqi forces captured western Anbar’s large Akkas gas field from ISIS on Thursday. Akkas hasn’t yet entered production so while this is a significant recovery for the Iraqis it’s not a huge loss for ISIS–they weren’t selling the gas. As for the Kurdish situation, little has changed since Baghdad declared an end to talks… Continue reading Middle East update: November 2 2017

Europe/Americas update: September 7-8 2017

EUROPE UKRAINE Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivered a speech to his parliament on Thursday. Among other things, he rejected calls for early elections–no big surprise given that polls currently show him trailing potential challenger Yulia Tymoshenko–and said he’s working on “defensive” weapons deals with Western nations. GREECE The city of Thessaloniki saw a major anti-austerity… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 7-8 2017