World update: October 15 2018

ASIA MYANMAR It’s been pretty well established by now that the Rohingya genocide was fueled in part by a massive Facebook campaign, but the New York Times reported Monday on just now much of that campaign was run directly by the Myanmar military: Members of the Myanmar military were the prime operatives behind a systematic campaign… Continue reading World update: October 15 2018

World update: July 11 2018

It’s another hectic day at HQ so I’m going to try to be briefer and earlier than usual again. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Syrian and Russian attention in Daraa province has focused on the Yarmouk Basin, where an ISIS affiliate called Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid has been ensconced since 2014. ISIS and its subdivisions aren’t covered under… Continue reading World update: July 11 2018

World update: July 10 2018

It’s been a long day so if it’s OK with you I’m going to roll through these updates with a minimum of banter. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Rebels in Daraa city say they’ve begun surrender talks with Russian officials in hopes of staving off a full Syrian-Russian offensive. The inevitable recovery of Daraa will be a… Continue reading World update: July 10 2018

Asia/Africa update: July 9 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise stopover in Afghanistan on Monday on his way back from North Korea. He gushed about the success of the US operation there even as he had to fly in and out in a matter of a few hours under extremely heavy security and without making… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 9 2018

Asia/Africa update: July 6 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban have rejected another offer for peace talks from Kabul, this one made last month by the Afghan High Peace Council. They refuse to talk to the Afghan government and characterize it as an illegitimate US puppet. Whether or not you believe Afghanistan is at the mercy of the United States, it’s… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 6 2018

Asia/Africa 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. ASIA AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijan has responded to Armenia’s recent change in government by amping up its threats to regain control… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 5 2018

World update: June 23-24 2018

I’m going to be away for most of the next two weeks so these will be our last major updates until July 5. ASIA AFGANISTAN Though the Taliban declined to extend their recent mutual ceasefire with Kabul, there is hope among some analysts that the brief truce may have improved the conditions for negotiating a… Continue reading World update: June 23-24 2018