Europe/Americas update: June 7 2017

COMEY TIME Former FBI Director James Comey will testify tomorrow before the Senate intelligence committee regarding his firing and allegations that President Donald Trump tried to “encourage” him to drop the investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia. First, I would suggest you read this summary of recent developments in the Trump-Russia story leading… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 7 2017

“Multiple people” dead in Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting, developing

About an hour ago there was a mass shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in south Florida. The shooter is reportedly in custody but police are saying that “multiple people” have been killed–I’ve seen reports that say three and others five, but obviously this is a very fluid situation and it doesn’t make much… Continue reading “Multiple people” dead in Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting, developing

Terror attacks, and how we Americans approach them

A Syrian refugee who was reportedly denied asylum and was about to be deported detonated a backpack bomb outside of a crowded festival in Ansbach, Germany, yesterday evening. Fortunately it appears that only the terrorist was killed, but 15 others were reportedly injured in the blast–he was apparently denied entry into the festival before he… Continue reading Terror attacks, and how we Americans approach them

Literally unspeakable

Writing about the Middle East and Africa in the year 2016 unfortunately means writing about violence most of the time. You try to notice patterns in the violence or talk about the groups behind the violence and what their aims are, or how they could be stopped, or what the context of the violence is,… Continue reading Literally unspeakable

What to talk about when you can’t talk about anything

We can’t talk about gun control today (or any other day), because it’s not (ever) the time to politicize things, at least not in that particular way. Also because a flawed document written by flawed men over 200 years ago must be treated as though it were literal Truth at all times or else Scary… Continue reading What to talk about when you can’t talk about anything

Who’s going to take responsibility?

For the second day in a row, some guy in Mississippi (probably the same guy both times, who may have been taken into custody a short time ago) has fired shots in the general vicinity of a military facility, Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, where “Jade Helm 15” exercises were going on. If you don’t know… Continue reading Who’s going to take responsibility?