Asia/Africa update: March 25 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. I’m also, in case you haven’t noticed, returning from an unplanned week away due to the flu. As with… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 25 2019

World update: January 10 2019

WORLD BANK When it comes to the two main international institutions responsible for immiserating the developing world, the US and Western Europe have always shared responsibility. Though both positions are technically open to anyone from anywhere, the head of the International Monetary Fund historically has come from Europe, and the head of the World Bank… Continue reading World update: January 10 2019

World update: November 28 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Salome Zurabishvili, the candidate of the ruling Georgian Dream party, won Tuesday’s presidential runoff election with almost 60 percent of the vote, besting challenger Grigol Vashadze. Georgian Dream is the party of Bidzina Ivanishvili, the richest man in Georgia and the man many believe is really running the country behind the scenes. Zurabishvili,… Continue reading World update: November 28 2018

Asia/Africa update: October 26 2018

ASIA PAKISTAN The Pakistani navy says that China has not asked for military access to its Gwadar port. Developing Gwadar is one of the centerpieces of the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor project, AKA Pakistan’s leg of the Belt and Road Initiative. The large Chinese commitment to the port has raised concerns in the US and India… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 26 2018

Asia/Africa update: October 22 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN An Afghan soldier opened fire on NATO troops on a military base in Herat province on Monday, killing one and wounding two others. It may have been another Taliban-organized “insider” attack but there’s also talk that the attacker was angry at NATO forces stemming back to the killing of Kandahar strongman Abdul Raziq… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 22 2018

Asia/Africa update: October 10 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says he’ll be tendering his resignation in the next few days, by October 16, with an eye toward holding a snap election in early-mid December. Pashinyan finally seems to have enough parliamentary support to call for a new election, which he’s expecting will break the power of Armenia’s… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 10 2018

Asia/Africa update: September 25 2018

OIL Donald Trump has been demanding that OPEC (i.e., Saudi Arabia) increase oil production to account for US sanctions against Iran and the resulting loss of Iranian production. But the Saudis and Russia–the world’s largest non-OPEC oil producer, have decided they’d rather not increase production, and, would you look at that, the price of oil… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: September 25 2018