World update: August 24 2018

ASIA GEORGIA The hypothetical Republic of South Ossetia will celebrate its tenth year of "independence" on Sunday (Russia recognized said "independence" on August 26, 2008). It's planning a big bash with a lot of high-profile guests: Nicolás Maduro, Bashar al-Assad, Daniel Ortega, the leaders of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics. Very high profile, assuming … Continue reading World update: August 24 2018

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Asia/Oceania/Africa update: June 16-18 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Former Georgian Finance Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze is the country's new prime minister. He was named on Monday to replace Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who resigned last week over disagreements with their Georgian Dream party leader, Bidzina Ivanishvili. Bakhtadze plans to shrink the Georgian government--quite explicitly, from 14 ministries to 11. He's also looking to integrate Georgia into … Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: June 16-18 2018