Today in North African history: the Battle of Kasserine Pass (1943)

The Battle of Kasserine Pass, which took place from February 19-25, 1943, was the follow up to the Battle of Sidi Bouzid earlier that month and and engagement at nearby Faïd Pass in late January. In the first two clashes, Axis forces under the command of General Hans-Jürgen von Arnim and Field Marshal Erwin Rommel… Continue reading Today in North African history: the Battle of Kasserine Pass (1943)

Today in North African history: the Battle of Sidi Bouzid begins (1943)

The central Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid is best known today as the birthplace of the Arab Spring. It was in Sidi Bouzid where Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in December 2010 to protest what he believed was unfair treatment at the hands of Tunisia’s corrupt government. The repercussions of that single act of… Continue reading Today in North African history: the Battle of Sidi Bouzid begins (1943)

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

Today in Middle Eastern history: Operation Exporter begins (1941)

World War II’s “Syria-Lebanon Campaign,” AKA Operation Exporter, is arguably (and I’m not a WWII expert so feel free to argue it) one of the least-covered operations of that war. Indeed, even at the time news about the campaign was downplayed or outright suppressed in Britain, for a very simple reason: it involved British troops… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Operation Exporter begins (1941)

Europe/Americas update: April 20 2018

EUROPE SLOVAKIA World War II is back in the news this week, and good for it I guess. Not only was there that massive unexploded bomb discovered in Berlin, which was disarmed on Friday after forcing a major evacuation of part of the city, but four smaller unexploded Soviet bombs were discovered in a field… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: April 20 2018

World update: April 18 2018

OK, so. WordPress has been down most of the day so I prepared a short update in case it came back online at some point. As you can undoubtedly tell, it is back, but it’s too late and I’m too fried to write anything else today so this will have to do. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA… Continue reading World update: April 18 2018

Europe/Americas update: March 14-15 2018

EUROPE NATO Four more NATO members have cleared the alliance’s informal two percent of GDP defense spending target for 2018. Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania all joined Britain, Estonia, and Greece–who met the target in 2017 and again this year–and the United States, which annually spends approximately 473 percent of its GDP on defense (I might… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 14-15 2018