Europe/Americas update: January 31 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE Full disclosure: I am not a climate scientist. With that said, this seems pretty bad in my layman’s opinion: Again I’m not an expert! Maybe we don’t need oxygen that much? But it kinds of seems like we do! EUROPE RUSSIA What seems like the longest and most anti-climactic arms control negotiation in… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 31 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 19-20 2019

EUROPE SERBIA An estimated 10,000 people, organized by an umbrella opposition group called “the Alliance for Serbia,” protested in Belgrade on Saturday night against the government of President Aleksandar Vučić. These rallies are organized by Vučić’s political opponents and so their ultimate goal is to oust him and his Serbian Progressive Party from power. But… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 19-20 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 17 2019

EUROPE RUSSIA At LobeLog, Mark Katz wonders if the US withdrawal from Syria is helping push Gulf states toward Russia: Moscow, of course, is very pleased that, because of the potential U.S. withdrawal from Syria and the fear of what Iran may do there afterward, Gulf Arabs are more likely to view the Russian presence… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 17 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 12-13 2019

EUROPE SERBIA Thousands of people took to the streets of Belgrade to protest against Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić for the sixth Saturday in a row this weekend. Demonstrators are demanding that Vučić and his Serbian Progressive Party stop stifling press freedoms and attacking opposition leaders, and they’re preemptively expressing opposition to any deal Vučić might… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 12-13 2019

World update: December 14 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A joint Afghan-US offensive in Kunar province late Thursday killed 20 Taliban fighters and/or 60 civilians, depending on whose story you believe. The Taliban are obviously pushing the latter scenario, while Kabul is obviously pushing the former. The savvy reader will note that they’re not mutually exclusive. Elsewhere, a drone strike in Helmand… Continue reading World update: December 14 2018

Europe/Americas update: December 5-6 2018

EUROPE Hey, you know how we sometimes talk around here about the possibility that European governments will get so sick of extra-territorial US sanctions that they’ll start thinking about dumping the dollar as the international reserve currency? Well, uh, check this out: Plans to reduce European Union dependence on the US dollar – and so… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 5-6 2018

Today in European history: a bad day for the Ottomans (1912)

In general, the year 1912 was a pretty bad year for the Ottomans. We’ve already talked about that year’s Albanian Revolt, which ended with Albania having won substantial autonomy within the empire. The Italo-Turkish War ended in October 1912 with a victorious Italy in control of Libya and the Dodecanese islands (which now belong to… Continue reading Today in European history: a bad day for the Ottomans (1912)