Asia/Africa update: March 5 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTANThe 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 endanger … Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 5 2019

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Middle East update: April 11 2018

SYRIA https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/984022625440747520 I'm definitely not in the business of trying to predict when the US (and whoever else decides to participate) is going to start bombing Syrian government targets, but I think it's worth noting that the Carrier Strike Group led by the USS Harry S. Truman just left Norfolk on Wednesday for "a regularly scheduled … 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