Europe/Americas update: March 8 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Al-Monitor’s Laura Rozen is reporting that one of the newest characters in Robert Mueller’s cast of crazies helped broker a $4.2 billion arms deal between Iraq and Russia back in 2012: George Nader, 58, traveled to Moscow in 2012, telling Russian interlocutors that he represented Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the deal should… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 8 2018

World update: February 16 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN This is sure to go over well: Azerbaijan’s president has claimed that large parts of Armenia’s territory are Azerbaijan’s “historic lands,” vowing to return to them. The fraught assertion threatens to derail any progress, however slight, in peace talks between the two countries in recent months.   “Yerevan is our historical land and… Continue reading World update: February 16 2018

World update: December 1 2017

ASIA PAKISTAN At least four Pakistani Taliban fighters stormed a dormitory at the University of Peshawar on Friday, killing at least nine people. Most students had gone home for the holiday (today was Muhammad’s birthday, which is observed by most Muslims), so it’s possible this attack could have been much deadlier. NORTH KOREA South Korea’s… Continue reading World update: December 1 2017

Europe/Americas update: November 4-5 2017

LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS ASSHOLES There’s been a new massive leak from a big Caribbean law firm/offshoring factory akin to the 2015 Panama Papers leak. This new material, called the “Paradise Papers,” comes primarily from Appleby, a law firm that specializes in offshore tax havens and has several offices in the Caribbean and in… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 4-5 2017

Europe/Americas update: October 30 2017

CLIMATE CHANGE We did it everybody! We set a record! Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).   Last year’s increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years.   Researchers say a combination of human activities and… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 30 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 30 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA I’ve stopped even pretending to keep up with every new turn in Russiagate, but the latest one seems like a pretty big problem for Donald Trump: while he was running for president and taking every opportunity to sing Vladimir Putin’s praises, Trump was also angling for a real estate deal in Moscow: The… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 30 2017

Europe/Americas update: July 11 2017

I’m going to be totally honest here and say that there’s really not much to talk about here beyond the spiraling-out-of-control Donald Trump Jr. situation. That’s not really my area though I try to keep abreast of the story because it obviously has implications in international affairs, so what I’m saying is that this post… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 11 2017