Asia/Africa update: March 5 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The New York Times highlights a budding split between urban and rural Afghans over peace talks with the Taliban: As American diplomats push for a peace deal with the Taliban to end the 18-year war, a strong voice of protest, largely coming from urban centers, has been cautioning against a rushed deal that could… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 5 2019

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: August 20 2018

As always when I take a few days off we’re going to skip over what happened while I was gone unless absolutely necessary. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Over the weekend, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani extended an offer for a months-long ceasefire to the Taliban contingent on their favorable response. On Monday, they responded, but not favorably: The… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: August 20 2018

World update: August 13 2018

ASIA CENTRAL ASIA The Diplomat’s Umida Hashimova explains why Central Asian countries are still all-in on the Belt and Road Initiative even as some of China’s other partners are starting to balk at its onerous terms: Central Asian countries are in need of large-scale investments and the BRI intends to do just that. So far,… Continue reading World update: August 13 2018

Asia/Africa update: July 6 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban have rejected another offer for peace talks from Kabul, this one made last month by the Afghan High Peace Council. They refuse to talk to the Afghan government and characterize it as an illegitimate US puppet. Whether or not you believe Afghanistan is at the mercy of the United States, it’s… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 6 2018

Middle East update: April 11 2018

SYRIA Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018 I’m definitely not in the… Continue reading Middle East update: April 11 2018

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: April 7-8 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Operating under the belief that the Taliban is increasingly reliant for revenue on its control over Afghanistan’s opium trade, the US is taking drastic measures: it’s rethinking decades of utterly failed drug policy bombing more shit in Afghanistan. US and Afghan forces have stepped up airstrikes in western Afghanistan targeting drug labs, the… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: April 7-8 2018

World update: February 27 2018

I’ve once again shrunk things down to a single post tonight, and I’m calling it a night a little early (it’s about 9:30 east coast time). If anything comes up later you can maybe check back here or stay tuned for tomorrow. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA This may come as a shock, but you know that… Continue reading World update: February 27 2018