World update: April 10 2018

I’m posting a little earlier than usual this evening because I’ve decided to give this whole “sleep” thing another look. In fact if I can manage it this might become the norm going forward. ASIA AZERBAIJAN Eurasianet reports that Armenia and Azerbaijan are competing over the right to serve as Iran’s main economic artery northward… Continue reading World update: April 10 2018

World update: April 9 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev should win another seven year term on Wednesday, particularly given that his opposition is boycotting the election. Aliyev, who is amazingly only 56 even though it seems like he’s been in power in Azerbaijan since the late Middle Ages (it’s been 15 years) is running against seven other candidates… Continue reading World update: April 9 2018

Asia/Africa update: March 1 2018

ASIA ARMENIA With his second and therefore final five year term as Armenian president expiring in April, Serzh Sargsyan is most likely preparing to do the Half Putin (AKA the Reverse Erdoğan) by shifting into the office of prime minister at the same time as (not coincidentally) that office is becoming more powerful than the presidency. The… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 1 2018

World update: November 11-12 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Concern is mounting in Afghanistan over the Fatemiyoun Division, an Iranian-created force made up of Afghan Shiʿa currently fighting in Syria (and allegedly Yemen). Afghan officials fear that Iran may reorganize veterans of that force once they’re back in Afghanistan, both to serve as an Iranian proxy and for the protection of Afghanistan’s… Continue reading World update: November 11-12 2017

Conflict update: February 14 2017

Why are you reading this today? Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a happy day–or a depressing day, but for reasons that have nothing to do with the shitty state of the world. Well, you’re here and my wife and I couldn’t find a sitter this evening, so I guess we might as well get… Continue reading Conflict update: February 14 2017