Middle East update: July 12 2018

SYRIA The Syrian military seized the city of Daraa on Thursday, symbolically flying the Syrian flag in the middle of town in commemoration. Daraa is an important tactical victory–you can’t control southwestern Syria without it, obviously. But it may be an even bigger symbolic victory, because it was in Daraa in the spring of 2011… Continue reading Middle East update: July 12 2018

Europe/Americas update: July 9 2018

EUROPE NATO With a NATO summit starting on Wednesday in Brussels, leaders from member states are trying to figure out how best to handle Donald Trump: The allies see the President Trump of 2018 as different from the one who came to NATO last year — more aggressive, less willing to be moderated or guided… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 9 2018

Europe/Americas update: July 6 2018

EUROPE Migration is the issue that’s been roiling European politics for weeks months years now. It’s the issue that inspired Italians to elect a government full of reactionary racists, that inspired Austrians to elect a government full of neo-Nazis, and that recently almost took down Angela Merkel’s already weak coalition in Germany. But according to… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 6 2018

Europe/Americas update: July 5 2018

Well, we’re back. As usual when I’ve been gone for a while this update will mostly stick to things that happened today with some pieces I flagged while I was gone in there for good measure. BANANAS If you like bananas, I’m afraid I have some bad news: A wild banana that may hold the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 5 2018

Europe/Americas: June 21 2018

EUROPE The European Union wants to put migrant processing centers in Africa to screen candidates before they attempt to cross the Mediterranean. While in one sense the objective is commendable–screening people out before they risk drowning at sea rather than after they’ve already risked it–in another sense this is an effort to outsource immigrations and… Continue reading Europe/Americas: June 21 2018

World update: June 19 2018

We’re a little early today because in addition to being Juneteenth we also have a family birthday to celebrate. I’ll catch you all up tomorrow. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Taliban fighters killed at least four people in a Tuesday morning attack on police and military checkpoints in Kunduz province. In case you weren’t sure if the ceasefire… Continue reading World update: June 19 2018

Europe/Americas update: June 16-18 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin may be holding a summit in the next few weeks. Rumor has it that they’re looking at a meeting in Vienna while Trump is in Europe prior to a July 11-12 NATO meeting in Brussels. Meanwhile, the Federation of American Scientists says that satellite imagery shows Russia “hardening”… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 16-18 2018