Conflict update: April 1-2 2017

EGYPT Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is in Washington right now, preparing for his big meeting tomorrow with fellow authoritarian personality Donald Trump. Because I did a TV spot for Alhurra about this earlier today and it’s therefore fresh in my brain, here are a few things they might get to talking about tomorrow. These… Continue reading Conflict update: April 1-2 2017

Middle East conflict update: March 30-31 2017

If you’re looking for bad news from the rest of the world, you’ll find it here. IRAQ The main progress in Mosul continues to be to the west of the Old City, where Iraqi counter-terrorism forces are pushing north in an effort to eventually surround the Old City and attack it from two sides. War… Continue reading Middle East conflict update: March 30-31 2017

Conflict update: March 29 2017

I started working on this way earlier than usual because I’ve heard that it’s actually good to sleep a couple of nights each week. Whether I finish any earlier than usual is an open question, but if Donald Trump tweets “More like Justin Tru-BLOW, sorry if this offends” later tonight and you don’t see it… Continue reading Conflict update: March 29 2017

Conflict update: March 28 2017

BREXIT Theresa May will formally trigger Britain’s exit from the European Union on Wednesday. That will begin the two-year negotiation over the terms of that exit, meaning that the UK will be out of the EU as of March 29, 2019. The European parliament is reportedly preparing a resolution in response to the trigger that… Continue reading Conflict update: March 28 2017

Conflict update: March 27 2017

A FEATURE, NOT A BUG: PART I At LobeLog, I look at the recent increase in US-caused civilian casualties in the Middle East, and the presumption, still denied by Washington in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary, that President Trump has told the Pentagon to stop worrying about civilian casualties and just blow… Continue reading Conflict update: March 27 2017

Conflict update: March 25-26 2017

THIS CAN’T BE REAL, CAN IT My capacity to believe that the current President of the United States will do insanely offensive, ridiculous shit is pretty vast, but I have to say I’m having a hard time believing this actually happened: Angela Merkel will reportedly ignore Donald Trump’s attempts to extricate £300bn from Germany for… Continue reading Conflict update: March 25-26 2017

Conflict update: March 24 2017

TRUMP UPDATE Donald Trump had a not so very great day on the health care reform front, but he does seem to finally be circling around a potential deputy for Rex Tillerson at the State Department–or, in other words, a deputy for Jared Kushner’s deputy: John J. Sullivan, a prominent Republican lawyer who served in… Continue reading Conflict update: March 24 2017