Middle East update: May 15 2018

RAMADAN There’s a little confusion about when Ramadan is going to begin this year. For a while now most outlets have been saying it will start on Wednesday (which means Tuesday night). But the final word from the people who decide these sorts of things in the Middle East now seems to be that Ramadan… Continue reading Middle East update: May 15 2018

World update: May 1 2018

ENVIRONMENT New data from the World Health Organization shows that air pollution is killing seven million people per year–and naturally, poor nations are being hit hardest: “There are cities and regions where improvement is happening,” said Sophie Gumy, one of the authors of the report. “But even if things have started to move, they aren’t… Continue reading World update: May 1 2018

Middle East update: April 24-25 2018

SYRIA On Wednesday, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons investigative team in Syria visited a second site in Douma that was allegedly struck by chemical weapons on April 7. Meanwhile, the US, France, and Britain may employ a little-used Cold War-era United Nations mechanism to reestablish a full investigation into chemical weapons use… Continue reading Middle East update: April 24-25 2018

Middle East update: April 21-22 2018

ISIS A new statement from ISIS’s official spokesman suggests that the group is shifting its focus away from the West and on to governments in the Middle East: The remarks were a departure from the last pronouncement issued by the spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, which aimed to incite attacks against Europe and North America. It… Continue reading Middle East update: April 21-22 2018

World update: April 14-15 2018

ASIA ARMENIA The protests against it are ongoing, but former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan was nominated to serve as the country’s new prime minister on Saturday anyway. The protesters did manage to prevent the momentous nomination from taking place at the ruling Republican Party’s headquarters in Yerevan–instead, they had to do the deed at a ski… Continue reading World update: April 14-15 2018

Middle East update: April 14-15 2018

SYRIA I’ve collected most of my thoughts about Syria at LobeLog, so if you’re looking for those please go there. The upshot is that I’m not a fan: If the strike wasn’t legal, was it at least justifiable? The fact that Russia would have reflexively vetoed any action against Syria regardless of the evidence is… Continue reading Middle East update: April 14-15 2018

Middle East update: April 13 2018

SYRIA BREAKING: Donald Trump will reportedly be making a “statement” about Syria at 9 PM this evening, Washington time. World on the interwebs is that he’ll be announcing strikes, but it’s not clear what they’ll involve. Come back here for updates. UPDATE: The US is bombing Syria along with France and the UK. Heavy explosions reported… Continue reading Middle East update: April 13 2018