Middle East update: May 14 2018

We have another impending thunderstorm situation and a reliably unreliable electricity situation. So I’m posting this early and hoping I’ll get to come back later and update it/do a world update. We’ll see. I’m also posting from my phone so if anything about the formatting is screwy that’s why. I’ll fix it later. ISRAEL-PALESTINE Donald… Continue reading Middle East update: May 14 2018

Middle East update: May 12-13 2018

I’m posting this a little early in case the thunderstorm we’re about to get knocks out our power. There should be at least one more post tonight if the electric grid permits. IRAQ So this is kind of a big deal: Moqtada al-Sadr was leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election with over half of the votes… Continue reading Middle East update: May 12-13 2018

Middle East update: May 5-6 2018

SYRIA The Iraqi air force conducted another round of airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria over the weekend. The Iraqis claim that the positions they hit were used by the group’s leaders, though of course that doesn’t mean any of them were killed. A cynic might argue that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has political… Continue reading Middle East update: May 5-6 2018

Middle East update: May 4 2018

SYRIA The State Department announced on Friday that it’s suspending its funding for several civil society groups in Syria, including and most prominently the Syrian civil defense organization known as the “White Helmets”: Less than two months ago the State Department hosted members of the White Helmets at Foggy Bottom. At the time, the humanitarian… Continue reading Middle East update: May 4 2018

Yemen’s Take Two

Yemen, a country that generally sees a tropical cyclone show up once every decade or so, looks like it may be about to see its second one in about a week. Cyclone Megh hit Socotra Island yesterday and looks poised to make landfall somewhere between central and western Yemen, probably tomorrow. Megh was a category… Continue reading Yemen’s Take Two

Yemen and Cyclone Chapala: where to donate (UPDATED)

As terrible as things have been in Yemen since the civil war there began last September, Yemenis could always find some solace in the fact that they at least weren’t in any danger of getting hit by a tropical cyclone. Until now: A powerful cyclone has already started wreaking havoc in Yemeni waters, killing at… Continue reading Yemen and Cyclone Chapala: where to donate (UPDATED)