World update: July 31 2018

ASIA TAJIKISTAN Although ISIS has already claimed responsibility for Sunday’s car attack that killed four cyclists in Tajikistan, the Tajik government is blaming the outlawed Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, which it labeled a terrorist organization in 2015 even though nobody is quite sure what acts of terrorism it’s actually committed. Obviously the immediate aftermath of… Continue reading World update: July 31 2018

Asia/Africa update: July 30 2018

ASIA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Indo-Pacific Business Forum on Monday that the United States is prepared to shell out a whole $113 million for infrastructure projects across the Indo-Pacific region. If you’re looking for a simple explanation as to why China’s Belt and Road Initiative is so popular despite the fact that… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 30 2018

World update: May 14 2018

FYI, tomorrow night’s updates will be it until next Tuesday. For family reasons I’ll be unavailable later this week, and I need a day or two to wrap up a few obligations beforehand. It also feels like a good time to take a little break. Not that I don’t enjoy doing this but between the… Continue reading World update: May 14 2018

Asia/Africa update: October 25 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has significantly shifted his country’s position on foreign trade from what it was under his predecessor, Islam Karimov. Karimov liked to slap high tariffs on imported products to grow domestic industries, and Mirziyoyev has been undoing that policy since taking office. There are a lot of high barriers to… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 25 2017

Asia/Africa update: August 21-22 2017

PSA: This may very well be my last update until Monday. I’m traveling for the rest of the week and while ideally I would like to find time to pump out a little content while I’m doing so, realistically I don’t think it’s going to be possible. AFGHANISTAN Well, Donald Trump announced his Big New… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 21-22 2017

World update: August 19-20 2017

SINGAPORE This is breaking now: Ten U.S. Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after the USS John S. McCain destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore early Monday morning. This is the second time in two months that a Navy destroyer based at the 7th Fleet’s home port of Yokosuka, Japan,… Continue reading World update: August 19-20 2017

Asia/Africa update: August 9 2017

NORTH KOREA If you’re concerned that it’s become impossible to tell the difference between the rhetoric coming from Donald Trump and that coming from Kim Jong-un RE: nuclear war, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is here to tell you it’s all OK: “I think Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 9 2017