Europe/Americas update: October 6 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Moscow has started warning that it could retaliate for any harsh treatment its media outlets receive in the US by doing likewise to US outlets in Russia. RT is apparently being asked by the Trump administration to register as a foreign agent and disclose information on its employees, so you might expect to… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 6 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 31 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA In response to Russia ordering the US mission in that country to reduce its staff from 1200 to 455 people earlier this month, the State Department on Thursday ordered Russia to close three of its offices in the US: a consulate in San Francisco and two annexes in New York City and Washington… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 31 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, August 28 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Two Russian journalists, Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, who (literally) wrote the book on Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities,have written an update to that book that covers Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks. One thing I find interesting, if unpersuasive on its own, is their… Continue reading Europe/Americas update, August 28 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 5-7 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met on Monday on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum conference in Manila and, according to Lavrov at least, it was a Good Talk: Lavrov described his talks with Tillerson as lengthy and said they covered a wide range of topics,… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 5-7 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 28-29 2017

TRAVEL BAN The Supreme Court’s decision to reinstitute Donald Trump’s travel ban isn’t going over well in the Middle East, and you can understand why. As it turns out, though the decision did leave exceptions for travelers with “bona fide” connections to the United States, the court, in its inimitable way, decided not to explain… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 28-29 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 26 2017

EUROPE CYPRUS Cypriot leaders and UN representatives are meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday for “open-ended” talks to try to settle the island’s reunification issues once and for all. As nobody has yet proposed a way to break the main deadlock that currently separates the two sides–Greek Cypriots want Turkey to remove its troops from the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 26 2017