World update: November 30 2017

I’ve been occupied with other projects today and on top of that WordPress wasn’t working for me for most of the afternoon. So you’re getting a compressed update this evening, sorry. ASIA AFGHANISTAN A Taliban attack early Thursday in Farah province killed four Afghan policemen. NORTH KOREA North Korea released photographs and video of its… Continue reading World update: November 30 2017

Europe/Americas update: November 28 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA The State Department says that a new Russian law allowing the government to categorize foreign media outlets as “foreign agents” threatens freedom of the press. And they’re absolutely right about that. But if I may, it also threatens freedom of the press when the US registers foreign media outlets as “foreign agents,” as… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 28 2017

Europe/Americas update: November 27 2017

Obviously I’ve been away for a bit. I’m not going to even begin to cover everything that’s happened in the past week, but I will try to get caught up on a few major things. ENVIRONMENT Keep eating French fries–it turns out your fast food addiction could be saving the planet: Fatty acids released into… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 27 2017

Europe/Americas update: November 7-8 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA/UKRAINE Ukraine is apparently thinking about cutting all diplomatic ties with Russia, a move that the Kremlin told reporters on Wednesday would not be in either country’s interests. LITHUANIA Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis expects NATO to agree to permanently station anti-aircraft defenses in the Baltics and/or Poland at its 2018 summit. HUNGARY Viktor Orbán’s fixation… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 7-8 2017

World update: November 2 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN Eurasianet helpfully tries to counter the emerging media narrative that Uzbekistan is little more than ISIS’s training facility: Such instant analysis falls short, mainly because it has to oversimplify in order to make a pattern plausible, many regional scholars contend. Edward Lemon, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, warned… Continue reading World update: November 2 2017

Europe/Americas update: October 25 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Moscow is planning to test its new intercontinental ballistic missile, the RS-28 Sarmat, twice before the end of the year. The Sarmat was supposed to be tested in March but that’s been delayed. Actually, if you want to be all nitpicky about it, the Sarmat was really supposed to be tested in 2015, but… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 25 2017

World update: September 14 2017

ASIA KAZAKHSTAN So this happened recently: Kazakhstan state media publishes a map of "Greater Kazakhstan," w/ parts of RU, UZ, CN. Russians not pleased. — Joshua Kucera (@joshuakucera) September 14, 2017 I have nothing constructive to say here but I did get a little chuckle out of it. AFGHANISTAN A roadside bomb killed the… Continue reading World update: September 14 2017