Europe/Americas update: August 1 2017

You may have noticed that I’ve been away for a couple of weeks. While I’m absolutely not going to try to catch you up on everything that’s happened while I’ve been away, I will be interspersing the usual daily news with a few stories that developed over that time. EUROPE RUSSIA On Sunday, Russian President… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 1 2017

Conflict update: March 1 2017

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S GENERALS Donald Trump is reportedly planning to substantially hand control over military operations to his defense secretary, recently retired General James Mattis: The Daily Beast’s Kim Dozier writes that Trump “wants to operate more like the CEO he was in the private sector in such matters, and delegate even more power to… Continue reading Conflict update: March 1 2017

Conflict update: February 27 2017

FOREVER WAR President Trump would like to increase the Pentagon’s budget by $54 billion next year, an amount that, if you’re keeping score at home, is all by itself equal to roughly 4/5 of Russia’s entire military budget. This would boost America’s capacity to shovel huge piles of money at defense contractors fight MOAR WARS,… Continue reading Conflict update: February 27 2017

It’s a bad time to be a separatist leader in Ukraine

Notwithstanding whatever arrangements European leaders are concocting in their occasional summit meetings, the conflict in eastern Ukraine is still very much alive, albeit frozen. Literally, come to think of it, given the approach of another Ukrainian winter. Separatists in the Donbas are tired after three years of war, but they’re entrenched, and they’re still getting… Continue reading It’s a bad time to be a separatist leader in Ukraine

Well this seems…like good news actually (?)

Ukraine, reeling from being snubbed on Donald Trump’s “I AM A BIG BOY RESPECTABLE CANDIDATE” tour of the UN General Assembly, nevertheless appears to have announced some good news today: Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists agreed on Wednesday to withdraw troops from three small towns on the front line in eastern Ukraine, a pilot de-escalation project… Continue reading Well this seems…like good news actually (?)