It hasn’t been that nothing is going on in the world, just that so much is going on in our lives that we’re a little behind on the news updates. Here’s one with some highlights and we’ll try to get the next one out next month!
- In Ukraine Russian forces are still fighting with separatists.
- Russia took over a secret Arctic NATO base and is building a massive water pipeline in Crimea.
- ISIS is still rampant in Iraq but being systematically defeated. Across the country there’s still a lot of progress to be made. The key city of Ramadi lost ground last week just as the US assisted taking an oil refinery back and the Iraqi Prime Minister launched an investigation into human rights abuses among his security forces and Shi’a militia allies.
- An Iranian nuclear treaty missed the deadline but negotiators claim they’re close. Just last week Iran’s President reminded the US, whose congress is putting pressure on the administration to back away from the deal, that the negotiations are with six nations, not just the US, and that he wouldn’t sign anything without sanctions being lifted (NYTimes).
- The Syrian civil war is still raging, and other countries still working hard to prevent sympathetic Muslims from joining the fight.
- A German co-pilot appears to have intentionally crashed a germanwings airliner killing 150. In response many international airlines are adopting new cockpit rules the FAA has has in place for years.
- Libya is still deeply divided (Al Jazeera)
- In Kenya Islamist gunmen from Somalian AL Shebab conducted a murderous rampage on a college campus, killing 147.