Tom Wilkinson

Prime Minister Of Iraq Calls For An Early Election

In an announcement in late July, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced that Iraq would hold its next parliamentary elections a year earlier than the one planned in June 2021. This announcement comes after months of anti-government protest late last year, which saw hundreds of protestors killed and injured by […]

Libyan Conflict Drawing International Attention As Troops Prepare Assault On The City Of Sirte

On Saturday the 18th of July, it was widely reported that Libya’s internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) had moved fighters closer to the city of Sirte, currently occupied by the Libyan National Army (LNA). GNA military commanders and witnesses have said that a column of approximately 200 vehicles has […]

Britain Imposes Sanctions on Individuals Accused of Human Rights Abuses

On Monday the 6th of July, the United Kingdom imposed sanctions on a number of individuals accused of human rights abuses, including 25 Russian and 20 Saudi nationals. This is the first time that the United Kingdom has been able to impose asset freezes and visa bans independently – previously, […]

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Chabahar Port Offers A Rare Glimpse Of Cooperation Between Iran, United States

Tensions between the United States and Iran have consistently escalated over the past few years, culminating in the American assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in January this year. However, a report from Al Jazeera on Saturday June 20th reveals that behind-the-scenes, Iran and the United States can cooperate […]

United States Ends Iranian Sanctions Waivers; Met With International Criticism, Domestic Support

On the 30th of May, a joint statement was released by France, Britain, and Germany which condemned the United States’ decision to end three of four Iranian sanctions waivers. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that ongoing nuclear proliferation efforts by Iran provided justification for the American decision. The […]

American Enforcement Of Sanctions Causes Tension, Suffering In A Pandemic-Stricken World

On Saturday the 16th of May, Nour news agency, which is linked closely to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), warned of repercussions should the United States attempt to prevent an Iranian fuel shipment to Venezuela. The agency said that “If the United States, just like pirates, intends to create […]

Concerns Grow Over North Korean Leader’s Health

Late on Monday the 20th of April, South Korea-based website Daily NK reported that Kim Jong Un was recovering from a cardiovascular operation. Since then, rumours have been swirling about his condition. Various media organisations throughout the world have reported a multitude of possibilities, with some sources even claiming that […]

Amidst Global Pandemic, North Korea Attempts To Project Strength

On Saturday 21 March, while the rest of the world sought to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, North Korea continued in its attempts to project strength to the world. The rogue state fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, drawing […]

Libya Peace Talks Find No Resolution As Foreign Interference Continues

The first round of peace talks between representatives of Libya’s internationally-recognized government, and the military commander Khalifa Haftar, came to an unsuccessful conclusion on the 9th of February. The talks, facilitated by the United Nations and held in the Swiss city of Geneva, had been organized as part of an […]

Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama-Era Land Mine Restrictions

On Friday the 31st of January, the Trump Administration rolled back restrictions on American military use of anti-personnel land mines. These policies, set in place during the Obama Administration, ensured that the United States would no longer produce or acquire anti-personnel land mines, with the long-term aim of replacing U.S. […]