World update: March 6 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN ISIS attacked the offices of a construction company in the city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people. The five ISIS attackers were all killed in the ensuing fight with Afghan security forces. CHINA United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delivered her annual report to the Human Rights Council… Continue reading World update: March 6 2019

World update: December 11 2018

ASIA ARMENIA The International Crisis Group’s Olesya Vartanyan says that Nikol Pashinyan’s landslide electoral win on Sunday could improve the prospects for peace with Azerbaijan. Pashinyan is in no position to make dramatic concessions to Azerbaijan on the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, but now that he’s broken the long-time ruling Republican Party there is an opportunity for… Continue reading World update: December 11 2018

Europe/Americas update: September 15-16 2018

EUROPE ROMANIA A group of hundreds of Romanian judges held a silent protest outside Bucharest’s Court of Appeals on Sunday to call for preserving judicial independence. The Romanian government has been on a months’ long quest to undermine the judiciary and decriminalize corruption on account of the fact that ruling party boss Liviu Dragnea is currently barred… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 15-16 2018

Middle East update: August 4-5 2018

SYRIA Aziz Asber, director of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, was killed in a car bombing outside of Hama on Saturday. The Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center does most of its studying and research, according to Western governments, in the area of chemical weapons. The United States insists that it’s been producing sarin… Continue reading Middle East update: August 4-5 2018

Middle East update: March 16 2018

SYRIA Tens of thousands of civilians have fled fighting in Eastern Ghouta and Afrin over the past few days. Conservative estimates put the number at 50,000 but the Syrian government says that over 40,000 fled Eastern Ghouta on Thursday alone, so if their count is accurate the overall number must certainly be well north of… Continue reading Middle East update: March 16 2018

Europe/Americas update: January 31 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Russian journalist Kamil Galeev reports on Moscow’s efforts to stifle separatist impulses in one of its own troublesome ethnic regions–Tatarstan: In September 2017, Russia’s central government started to enforce Putin’s instructions and push local governments into abolishing local language courses in the ethnic republics. Such measures, introduced at the beginning of an academic… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 31 2018

World update: January 16 2018

OIL Don’t look now, but oil prices are back up. Brent crude closed at just shy of $70/barrel on Tuesday, the highest it’s been in about three years. The joint Saudi-Russian agreement to cut supply is finally starting to have some bite to it as stockpiles are being reduced, which is bringing the oil market… Continue reading World update: January 16 2018