Asia/Africa update: June 20 2018

ASIA KAZAKHSTAN The chair of Kazakhstan’s Senate (who functions sort of as a vice president), Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, told the BBC on Wednesday that incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev will not stand in the country’s 2020 election. Considering that Nazarbayev has been Kazakh president since 1990, that’s kind of a big deal if true. Tokayev stressed that he was only expressing… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 20 2018

Asia/Africa update: June 5 2018

There are new things on the horizon here, at my Patreon site, and elsewhere. Please check it out! ASIA PAKISTAN Two ISIS suicide attackers killed three Pakistani police officers on Tuesday in Mastung, a town in Baluchistan province. The Diplomat has more on Sunday’s attack against a meeting of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement in South Waziristan.… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 5 2018

Asia/Africa update: May 29 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Syria on Tuesday became the fifth nation in the world to recognize the “republics” of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which declared independence from Georgia in 2008, as independent states, following Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Nauru. All the great powers. Anyway, I’m sure Vladimir Putin appreciates the gesture, but Bashar al-Assad isn’t getting off… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 29 2018

Asia/Africa update: May 26-27 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A Taliban suicide attack against an army base in Helmand province on Sunday killed at least two Afghan soldiers. On Saturday, Afghan authorities opened a 12 day period to register candidates for parliamentary and district council elections this October. This vote is three years overdue and still may be disrupted by the Taliban… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 26-27 2018

World update: May 23 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN One reason why Nagorno-Karabakh remains a potential flashpoint is because of the hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis who were displaced during the 1988-1994 Nagorno Karabakh War, many of whom still have designs on returning home: According to the UN, about 860,000 people were forced to flee either Armenia proper or Azerbaijani territory occupied by local… Continue reading World update: May 23 2018

World update: April 10 2018

I’m posting a little earlier than usual this evening because I’ve decided to give this whole “sleep” thing another look. In fact if I can manage it this might become the norm going forward. ASIA AZERBAIJAN Eurasianet reports that Armenia and Azerbaijan are competing over the right to serve as Iran’s main economic artery northward… Continue reading World update: April 10 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