Asia/Africa update: May 29 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Syria on Tuesday became the fifth nation in the world to recognize the “republics” of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which declared independence from Georgia in 2008, as independent states, following Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Nauru. All the great powers. Anyway, I’m sure Vladimir Putin appreciates the gesture, but Bashar al-Assad isn’t getting off… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 29 2018

World update: January 26 2018

Tonight’s update is going to be condensed again. News is lighter than usual, and anyway I’ve been having some trouble with WordPress that is making it difficult to blog. Your heart is breaking for me, I know. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Syrian opposition negotiators announced just this evening that they will not attend Russia’s upcoming Syrian… Continue reading World update: January 26 2018

Asia/Africa update: July 12-13 2017

ASIA GEORGIA It’s nice to see, centuries after it was founded, that Russia is still finding ways to keep the empire growing: Just before President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin’s tête-à-tête at the G-20 on July 7, Russia quietly annexed “about 10 hectares” of Georgian territory on behalf of the Republic of South Ossetia, a… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 12-13 2017

Conflict update: March 14 2017

DONALD TRUMP AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL According to Foreign Policy, nominal Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter recently to a group of nonprofits warning that the Trump administration is prepared to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council unless “considerable reform” is undertaken in that body. Tillerson’s letter highlighted the presence on the… Continue reading Conflict update: March 14 2017