Europe/Americas update: July 7-8 2018

EUROPE REPUBLIC OF NORTH (?) MACEDONIA Several thousand people turned out in Skopje on Sunday in an opposition-organized protest against the Macedonian government’s deal to change the country’s name to the “Republic of North Macedonia” in order to appease the Greek government and potentially advance its membership bids for both the European Union and NATO.… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 7-8 2018

World update: May 23 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN One reason why Nagorno-Karabakh remains a potential flashpoint is because of the hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis who were displaced during the 1988-1994 Nagorno Karabakh War, many of whom still have designs on returning home: According to the UN, about 860,000 people were forced to flee either Armenia proper or Azerbaijani territory occupied by local… Continue reading World update: May 23 2018

Middle East update: June 21 2017

SAUDI ARABIA OK, time for some more BIG, BREAKING news on today’s huge shakeup in the Saudi line of succession…but, you know what? There really hasn’t been any. If you were hoping for some serious Saud family drama, then at the very least you’re going to have to keep hoping for a while longer, assuming… Continue reading Middle East update: June 21 2017

Middle East update: June 6 2017

QATAR This evening CNN broke the story that the FBI believes that not only was the Qatar News Agency really hacked a couple of weeks ago with a fake news report about an incendiary anti-Saudi, pro-Iran speech by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim b. Hamad Al Thani, but that Russians were behind the hack. It’s not… Continue reading Middle East update: June 6 2017

Europe/Americas update: May 23 2017

UNITED KINGDOM Last night’s suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena killed at least 22 people apart from the bomber and injured another 59. Several people remain missing so those figures could still change. It’s the deadliest act of terrorism in the UK since the July 7 attack in 2015. An improvised explosive device filled with… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 23 2017

World update: May 22 2017

UNITED KINGDOM Normally I would lead this with whatever lunacy just broke in the Trump mess, but unfortunately something genuinely terrible appears to have happened in Manchester this evening: A number of people have died and others have been injured following a reported explosion at Manchester Arena. Witnesses said they heard two loud bangs, reported… Continue reading World update: May 22 2017

WHO says the Ebola outbreak has been “vastly underestimated”

No, that title wasn’t the opening to a vaudeville routine. Turns out that Ken Isaacs was probably, and unfortunately, correct when he told Congress that the official statistics for the Ebola breakout were underestimating the problem by as much as 75%. The WHO is now saying the same thing: The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak… Continue reading WHO says the Ebola outbreak has been “vastly underestimated”