World update: February 27 2018

I’ve once again shrunk things down to a single post tonight, and I’m calling it a night a little early (it’s about 9:30 east coast time). If anything comes up later you can maybe check back here or stay tuned for tomorrow. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA This may come as a shock, but you know that… Continue reading World update: February 27 2018

World update: January 17 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada reportedly sent negotiators to Islamabad on Monday to meet with representatives of Afghan politician Pir Syed Hamid Gilani about the possibility of restarting peace talks with Kabul. The Afghan government does not appear to have sanctioned the meeting and there’s no indication anything came of it. MYANMAR Police in Rakhine state… Continue reading World update: January 17 2018

World update: January 15 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The New York Times has some deep background on the ongoing clash between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the fired-but-still-there-anyway Balkh governor Atta Muhammad Nur. Ghani’s supporters portray the ex(?)-warlord as corrupt and unaccountable, while Nur contends that Ghani is attempting to sideline him for political reasons. The US may also have a reason… Continue reading World update: January 15 2018

Asia/Africa update: December 20 2017

ASIA KYRGYZSTAN The Kyrgyz government shut down an opposition-owned TV network on Tuesday, just a few hours after ordering two independent journalists and a human rights activist to pay around $430,000 in a previously awarded libel settlement in one lump sum rather than over time. So if you had 2017 in your office pool as… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 20 2017

Asia/Africa update: December 19 2017

ASIA KASHMIR Two Kashmiri separatists and a civilian were killed Tuesday in a gun battle between the separatists and Indian forces in a village in southern Kashmir. MYANMAR Myanmar authorities arrested two Reuters journalists a week ago on allegations that they violated the country’s Official Secrets Act somehow. Apart from the obvious implications for journalistic… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 19 2017

World update: December 6 2017

ASIA NEPAL Voters in southern Nepal are heading to the polls on Thursday for the second stage in the country’s legislative election. The first stage, in northern Nepal, was held late last month. It’s Nepal’s first election since 1999. NORTH KOREA The United States has begun flying B-1B bombers over South Korea along with F-22s… Continue reading World update: December 6 2017

Asia/Africa update: October 20 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 72 people were killed on Friday in two suicide bombings targeting mosques in Kabul and in Ghor province. The Kabul bombing, in which at least 39 people were killed, struck a Shiʿa mosque, and while there’s been no claim of responsibility this may well have been ISIS’s work given the choice of target.… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 20 2017