Finlay Forsyth

About Finlay Forsyth

I am a second year student at the University of Otago, majoring in History and Politics.

Iranian Protests Occur After Rise In Petrol Prices

Demonstrations have occurred in numerous Iranian cities following a 50% increase in the price of petrol, a decision which has highlighted the worsening economic conditions facing the country due to US imposed sanctions. According to the BBC, protests occurred in many major cities, including the capital Tehran. Two people were […]

State Of Emergency Declared In Chile After Waves of Protests

A state of emergency has been declared by Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, after days of violence and protests in the country, sparked by a rise in public transport fares. The measures, which will last for a total of fifteen days, include a restriction on freedom of movement, as well as […]

The U.S. To Send More Troops To Saudi Arabia

The U.S. have announced that an extra 1,800 troops will be deployed to Saudi Arabia, making the total amount of personnel sent to the country this month approximately 3,000. In a statement released on Friday by the Pentagon, it was announced that in addition to the deployment of soldiers, technology, […]

Fresh Protests As Emergency Laws Are Implemented In Hong Kong

Fresh protests continued in Hong Kong on Saturday, a day after the city’s leader Carrie Lam invoked emergency measures, which involved the banning of mask wearing in public places. Protesters in Hong Kong have often worn face masks to avoid the effects of tear gas, as well as to remain […]

Afghans Vote In Presidential Election

Afghanistan went to the polls on Saturday 28 September, in a presidential election that has been hampered by technological failures, allegations of fraud, and the fear of attacks by the Taliban. The two front-runners, incumbent Ashraf Ghani, and the Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah, cast their ballots along with […]

Houthi Rebels Announce An End To Saudi Targeted Attacks

The leader of the Houthi rebels in Yemen has announced that the group is willing to end all targeted strikes against Saudi Arabia. In a televised address on Friday, the Houthi Supreme Political Council Chair, Mahdi al-Mashat, made it clear that the rebels would no longer use weapons such as […]

Death Of Hamza Bin Laden Confirmed By The U.S.

U.S. officials have confirmed the death of Al-Qaeda militant Hamza bin Laden, one month after intelligence officials had reported his demise. In a statement released by the White House, President Trump stated that Bin Laden had been killed in a “counter terrorism operation in the Afghanistan and Pakistan region”, although […]

Russia and Ukraine Exchange Prisoners

Russia and Ukraine exchanged prisoners yesterday, in token of the willingness by both countries to amend relations, after five years of conflict in the east of Ukraine. 35 Ukrainian prisoners arrived in Kiev to be greeted by friends and family, as well as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who had campaigned […]

Situation In Hong Kong Intensifies, As Key Figures Are Arrested In Crackdown

Key figures from the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement were arrested on Friday, in the latest sign that China is increasingly determined to clamp down on demonstrations, ahead of a thirteenth straight week of protests. Among the 28 people who were arrested, was 23-year-old Joshua Wong, a key leader of the […]