Asia/Africa update: June 21 2018

ASIA UZBEKISTAN Voice of America’s Navbahor Imamova believes that the US should help bolster what increasingly appears to be a genuine reform effort underway in Uzbekistan: Americans stand to benefit from progress in the largest country in Central Asia. Just north of war-torn Afghanistan, a successful Uzbekistan would be a more reliable partner, not just in… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 21 2018

World update: November 10 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least one police officer was killed on Friday by a Taliban (most likely) suicide bomber in Helmand province. In an interview with Al Jazeera, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the US allowed ISIS to gain a foothold in Afghanistan: “In my view under the full presence, surveillance, military, political, intelligence, Daesh… Continue reading World update: November 10 2017

Asia/Africa update: September 4-5 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Two “gunmen” were killed by NATO helicopters on Monday in the Qarabagh neighborhood in Kabul. I put “gunmen” in quotes because there are reports that there was an engagement party happening in the vicinity, and it just so happens that one thing Afghan men like to do at engagement parties is to shoot… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: September 4-5 2017

Conflict update, December 6

Lots of human rights and humanitarian news today and, surprise, none of it good. Iraq Human Rights Watch–which I know has its issues, but still–issued a report on Sunday on the Kurdistan Regional Government’s economic blockade of Sinjar, which is being used as a base by the KRG’s rival, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The… Continue reading Conflict update, December 6

Just when you thought it was safe to plan that Libyan vacation

ISIS is reportedly down to its “last stand” in the Libyan city of Sirte, left controlling only about “two blocks,” which at the rate that operation is going could mean another three months of fighting. Still, it’s good news. Here, on the other hand, is something that is not good news: Rival armed factions battled… Continue reading Just when you thought it was safe to plan that Libyan vacation

Conflict update: November 29

Yemen As our focus was limited yesterday, we missed a few developments in places other than Aleppo. For example, Yemeni rebels decided to go nuts and form themselves a brand new government: The announcement of the new government, reported by the Houthi-run state television and Saba news agency, said it was formed from “all walks… Continue reading Conflict update: November 29

Conflict update, November 19

Yemen Here today: A Saudi Arabia-led coalition supporting Yemen’s government against Houthi rebels has declared a 48-hour ceasefire that began on Saturday, according to local media. “It has been decided to begin a 48-hour ceasefire from 12:00 noon in Yemen’s timing (09:00 GMT) on Saturday,” a coalition statement carried by Saudi Arabia’s official SPA news… Continue reading Conflict update, November 19