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JB Shreve is the author of "How the World Ends: Understanding the Growing Chaos." He has been the host of the End of History podcast since 2012. He has degrees in International Relations and Middle East Studies. His other books include the Intelligence Brief Series. Regular posts and updates from JB Shreve are available at www.theendofhistory.net
French Colonial Empire in Africa
This episode on the French Colonial Empire in Africa is part of our ongoing series in the History of Africa podcast series. This is the last episode on the period covering the era of the Great Scramble and the Berlin Conference, but there are lots more episodes in this...
Wagner Group
The Russian mercenary organization, the Wagner Group, is no longer hiding in the shadows. A recent Washington Post report detailed the acknowledgment and accolades poured upon the Wagner Group by Russian state media for its involvement in the Ukraine War. As the Russian military was stunned by its slowed and...
German Southwest Africa
Compared to other European powers like the French, the Belgians, and the British, the Germans were late to the great scramble game on the continent. Nevertheless, the Germans left their imprint on the continent and history with the first recorded genocide of the 20th century in what was then...
fighting returns to Libya
The truce and political stalemate that suspended fighting in Libya’s civil war for nearly two years may have toppled into calamity over the weekend. On Saturday, more than 30 people were killed and 150 injured as deadly fighting broke out in Tripoli. Highly populated civilian areas received some of...
China's New Economic Crisis
In the west, current events stories featuring China tend to focus on geopolitical risk in Taiwan, its Covid Zero strategy, or even the historic drought the country is enduring. But the global economy’s production engine is also experiencing a major economic crisis that we should all be paying particular...
Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant
The war in Ukraine is now six months old, and we are no closer to ending the fighting than we were on day one. While body counts and the list of atrocities continue to rise, the dangers posed by this war to the broader region and world appear to...
history of nigeria
The modern history of Nigeria happened relatively fast! At the beginning of the 19th century an Islamic cleric Usman Dan Fodio worked to bring the hundreds of tribes and ethnic groups in Nigeria under his control and his Islamic vision. He was successful. The Sokoto Caliphate he established is...
violence in haiti
One year after the assassination of Haiti’s president, the country’s political and economic systems are in a state of free fall. The most recent evidence of this is a surge of gang violence in Haiti within some of the country's major cities. The UN reported that 99 people were...
Protests in Panama
Last week I wrote a brief to help our readers understand what is unfolding in Sri Lanka. An important fact to remember is that even though most mainstream media is not covering these events, Sri Lanka is not an isolated event. Across the globe, the pandemic lockdowns and rising...
What is going on in Sri Lanka
Protesters occupying the head of the government’s residence. Skyrocketing inflation. Fuel prices more than doubling. Food and medicine shortages. The president of Asia’s oldest democracy flees the country and sends his resignation by email. What is going on in Sri Lanka? * * * Hopefully, you are watching the images from...