World update: April 2 2019

Don’t forget I’m moving to Substack! For this first week at the new site I’m posting updates there and here, but as of next week will no longer be active. You’ll need to head over to Substack and subscribe, so why not do that today? MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Although they declared victory over ISIS more… Continue reading World update: April 2 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 29 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN With the US and Taliban circling a peace accord, Afghans are starting to wonder what’s in store should the militant group regain some degree of legitimate political authority: Haroun Mir, an analyst in Kabul, said Afghans are anxiously waiting for the insurgents to clarify their demands in the next round of talks, especially… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 29 2019

World update: January 8 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A bombing in the city of Khost killed at least two people on Tuesday and injured at least 23 more. The Taliban is likely responsible. Speaking of which, the Taliban said on Tuesday that it’s canceled planned talks with US representatives in Qatar that were supposed to begin on Wednesday. The group is refusing… Continue reading World update: January 8 2019

Asia/Africa update: December 18 2018

Tonight’s updates will unfortunately have to be our last of 2018. I had hoped to continue for a couple more days before breaking for the holidays but between holiday plans, travel plans, and other commitments my attention and stress levels have reached the breaking point. Owing in part to a strange winter break schedule for… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 18 2018

Today in North African history: the Green March begins (1975)

It’s hard to believe that the Spanish Empire only officially ceased to exist in 1975. I mean, when you think of the Spanish Empire, or at least when I think of it, I think of vast swathes of the Americas that were Spanish colonial domains until the successful independence movements of the early 19th century,… Continue reading Today in North African history: the Green March begins (1975)

Asia/Africa update: October 31 2018

Happy Halloween for anyone celebrating! ASIA AFGHANISTAN An Afghan army helicopter crashed on its way from Farah province to Herat province on Wednesday, killing 25 people including the head of the Farah provincial council and a western regional Afghan military commander. The Taliban claims to have shot the helicopter down but Afghan officials have disputed… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 31 2018

Asia/Africa update: September 28-30 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Two Afghan police officers were killed in Kandahar province late Friday in yet another insider attack by a fellow officer who then ran off, likely to join the Taliban. There were reports this week, based in part on anonymous quotes from Taliban officials, that Taliban representatives were meeting in Saudi Arabia with officials… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: September 28-30 2018