World update: March 23 2018

This will be the last update for March. I’m taking next week off and will return the first week of April. It’s also going to be an early and abbreviated update. Apologies. HUNGER The United Nations World Food Program boss, David Beasley, said on Friday that the number of “acutely hungry” people in the world–people… Continue reading World update: March 23 2018

Middle East update: August 21-22 2017

PSA: This may very well be my last update until Monday. I’m traveling for the rest of the week and while ideally I would like to find time to pump out a little content while I’m doing so, realistically I don’t think it’s going to be possible. ISIS According to the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism… Continue reading Middle East update: August 21-22 2017

Middle East update: August 3-4 2017

IRAQ There’s been a bit of ISIS activity in Ninewa province over the past couple of days–for example, ISIS forces in Tal Afar unsuccessfully attacked a couple of villages outside that city, undoubtedly an attempt to forestall the coming Iraqi operation there. The Tal Afar operation should begin fairly soon and is unlikely to be… Continue reading Middle East update: August 3-4 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

Middle East update: May 8-11 2017

Hi, long time no see I guess. Everybody OK? No? Right, of course not. Because this update is going to be so big, I’m splitting it into an as yet unknown number of parts. I’m actually considering doing this for every one of these updates moving forward to keep post length down, but I’m not… Continue reading Middle East update: May 8-11 2017

Conflict update: March 7 2017

WIKILEAKS WikiLeaks, the organization whose involvement in the Edward Snowden affair, the Chelsea Manning affair, and last summer’s DNC/Podesta hack launched the careers of a thousand self-declared national security experts, has released a whole new batch of classified information, this time from the CIA: The new documents appear to be from the CIA’s 200-strong Center… Continue reading Conflict update: March 7 2017

Conflict update: December 27 2016

This may be mercifully (for all of us) short tonight. World War III Senator John McCain (R-WEBOMBINGANYONEYET) went to Estonia today and said some words about America’s commitment to NATO and protecting its Baltic members from possible Russian aggression. He was trying to reassure the Baltic states in advance of Donald Trump’s inauguration, Trump having… Continue reading Conflict update: December 27 2016