Welcome to 2017: getting on with it

It’s the last day of January and I swore I wasn’t going to keep writing these “new year” pieces past the end of the month. The thing is, between family situations, deadlines, and–to be completely honest–a low grade case of burnout, I just haven’t been as prolific as I thought I would be. So to… Continue reading Welcome to 2017: getting on with it

Welcome to 2017: Get your war on

If it seems like we have a lot of wars going on all over the world right now, well, that’s because we do–e.g., Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Kashmir…shall I continue? I’m not here to talk about any of those. Instead, this is a look at a handful of places that could flare into brand new wars… Continue reading Welcome to 2017: Get your war on

South Sudan’s time loop

I know it’s late and it’s Friday, but I’ve been trying to write an update on South Sudan all week and just keep getting drawn into other things, so I’m doing it now. When last we checked in on the world’s newest country,  in ealy July, the fragile peace that had interrupted its ~two year… Continue reading South Sudan’s time loop

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Amiriyah shelter bombing (1991)

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How does something like this get published?

Suki Kim is an investigative journalist who has done some incredible reporting out of and about North Korea, some of the best/only real reporting anybody outside of North Korea has ever read. She actually spent six months living in North Korea ostensibly teaching English to the sons of the regime’s elite, but in reality taking… Continue reading How does something like this get published?

Try starting with the man in the mirror

Last night I wrote about the interesting differences between America’s reactions to Russian-caused civilian casualties in Syria and Saudi-caused civilian casualties in Yemen. Then we got a horrifying reminder that America sometimes gets into the civilian casualty business itself: A hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz was badly damaged early Saturday after being… Continue reading Try starting with the man in the mirror

The worldwide refugee/displaced situation is terrible and getting worse

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees issued a report today and the findings aren’t pretty: Wars, conflict and persecution have forced more people than at any other time since records began to flee their homes and seek refuge and safety elsewhere, according to a new report from the UN refugee agency. UNHCR’s annual Global Trends… Continue reading The worldwide refugee/displaced situation is terrible and getting worse