Night Watch

Posted December 19, 2014

Today the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) issued a fatwa - an authoritative religious opinion - that the killing of children is unIslamic.

Posted December 18, 2014

The North Korean leadership is manic about the UN's findings of longstanding, institutionalized and systemic human rights abuses in North Korea. For most of the world, that finding is not only overdue but unsurprising.

Posted December 17, 2014

Russia does not want Ukraine to fragment, at least not at this time. Recent statements do not foreclose a change in policy in that the Russians judge the burden is on Ukraine to create conditions for a peace settlement.

Posted December 13, 2014

The Russians are fronting for the separatists in blaming Ukraine for any misteps and are acting as guarantor of the separatists' survival.

Posted December 12, 2014

A foreign ministry spokesman in Beijing said the US should "correct its ways", while Chinese state media accused the US of having double standards for presenting itself as a defender of human rights.

Posted December 11, 2014

The Hong Kong High Court issued an order authorizing the removal of barricades, tents and other obstructions from the Admiralty district of Hong Kong.

Posted December 10, 2014

Even with the best intentions it is not clear that the parties are able to control all the armed groups sufficiently to enforce a cease fire.

Posted December 09, 2014

A senior Iranian official confirmed that Iran has executed air strikes in Iraq against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets, at the request of Iraqi officials.

Posted December 06, 2014

Russian plans for military modernization must be trimmed. Its ability to influence crises on its borders also will decline because its oil wealth just decreased by about 50%.

Posted December 05, 2014

On 2 December, President Plotnitsky of the Luhansk Peoples Republic said that his self-proclaimed republic "has no major victories on the diplomatic front yet."

Posted December 04, 2014

The public domain contains no information that confirms North Korean culpability, but the trailer for the film is so juvenile and insulting that a North Korean cyber-attack would be plausible.

Posted December 03, 2014

President Putin sweetened the treaty with a pro-Russian state by promising economic aid and investment. The Georgians, NATO and the European Union denounced the treaty as illegal and promoting instability.

Posted December 02, 2014

The more important point is that the US bombing campaign has failed to prevent Kobani from being surrounded.

Posted November 30, 2014

Numerous Taliban attacks occurred in the past two days. Multiple attacks occurred in Kabul, including in the upscale embassy district.

Posted November 29, 2014

North Korea is furious over the UN General Assembly's passage of a resolution on 18 November that denounces North Korean human rights violations.

Posted November 27, 2014

French President Hollande believes the current situation in Ukraine does not allow Paris to hand over the first Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia, the French government said in a statement on Tuesday.

Posted November 22, 2014

The Russians appear to have bought into the North Korean line that "without preconditions" absolves a multitude of misdeeds.

Posted November 21, 2014

Even with limited US air support, the Kurdish fighters at Kobani have blunted the offensive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and captured most of Kobani.

Posted November 20, 2014

Russia has called for "a 100% guarantee that no-one would think about Ukraine joining NATO," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman told the BBC.

Posted November 19, 2014

President Putin appears to be drawing on historic patterns of interaction to project an image of closer cooperation than actually exists. The optics are impressive...


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