Floodplain Treaty Shows Ridiculousness of Trump’s Mexican Border Wall (and borders in general)

    There are few things more inherently unnatural than a border. We know this on a human level: they are weird and arbitrary lines drawn on a map. We understand this culturally, especially when we look at the Middle East or Africa, at colonial maps that were drawn without concern for how it would […]

Signposts Along a Road of Bones: The US Fights International Climate and Migrations Action

First, from the weekend:  KATOWICE, Poland—The United States worked with Russia and Saudi Arabia on Saturday night to sideline climate science in U.N. negotiations, angering nations that say urgent action is needed for their survival. The three countries and Kuwait blocked nearly 200 nations involved in the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change from “welcoming” […]

The Flicker Starts To Dim

“We live in the flicker – may it last as long as the old earth keeps rolling! But darkness was here yesterday.”  -Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness More than 20 Brazilian universities were invaded by the military police in the past 2 days. They confiscated material on the history of fascism, interrupted classes due to 'ideological […]

What Is Yemen?

Writing for Lawfare, my good and great friend Greg Johnsen discusses the three wars currently happening in Yemen: the civil war (encompassing both the Houthi war against the “central” government as well as the southern secessionist movement), the regional war (Saudi Arabia/UAE against Iran) and the war against ISIS and al-Qaeda (in which the US […]

The Ilisu Dam: Turkey, Iraq, and the Future of the Tigris

  We interrupt the Daily Regreatening to bring news from Southeast Turkey, where the great rivers of yore are no longer yoked to nature… Turkey said Tuesday that Iraqis have nothing to fear from the filling of an upstream reservoir on the Tigris River, saying “sufficient quantities of water” would continue to flow to the […]