Finlay Forsyth


About Finlay Forsyth

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

What Is The Situation In Libya?

In a television address on Thursday 12 December 2019, the Libyan general Khalifa Haftar announced that he was tasking his troops to take Tripoli in a ‘decisive battle,’ setting up what could turn out to be a bloody attempt to take the Libyan capital Tripoli, currently held by the UN-backed […]

What Is The Situation In Libya?

Iraqi Protesters Targeted By Gunmen

23 people were killed and 127 injured in Baghdad on Friday, after demonstrators in Tahrir Square were targeted by gunmen on the back of pickup trucks. The attack, for which no group has yet taken responsibility, comes after two months of anti-government protests fuelled by high unemployment and perceived levels […]


What Next For Afghanistan Peace Talks?

In a surprise visit to Kabul in late November 2019, Donald Trump announced that the U.S. were restarting peace negotiations with the Taliban. The announcement comes less than three months after peace talks collapsed between the Taliban and the U.S. government, after a U.S. soldier was killed just days before […]

What Next For Afghanistan Peace Talks?

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 […]