Mitchell Thomas

Iranian Youth – Why The World Shouldn’t Be So Focused On The Nuclear Deal

The present relationship between Iran and the USA is largely characterized by the USA’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – coined “Iran Nuclear Deal”. However, the relationship itself has been strained since the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Since then, Iran has taken a more assertive […]

The Present-Day Libya Won’t Last Much Longer

While the Arab Spring was lauded internationally as an opportunity for Middle Eastern and North African nations to root out oppressive governments and foster hope for legitimate government, the reality in many of these nations is quite different some eight years later. This is particularly pertinent in Libya, which after […]

The World Must Keep An Even Closer Eye On Hong Kong

Events in Hong Kong are at a tipping point. As recently as 12 August, Chinese People’s Armed Police Force vessels were spotted in the border city of Shenzhen. International attention on the protests in Hong Kong has been widespread over the past ten weeks; however, this new development suggests that […]

The New Sudanese Transitional Agreement Warrants Healthy Scepticism 1

Hopes of a transition to civilian rule in Sudan were revitalized earlier this month with a new power sharing agreement finalized between the Transitional Military Council and Sudan’s Forces of Freedom and Change.  The power sharing agreement is the result of an ongoing dispute between transitional military council figures and […]

Juan Guaido – It’s Only A Matter Of Time

A refreshed move to instil more pressure on the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro came on the 22nd July when the Lima Group—a group of a dozen Latin America countries along with Canada—called for fresh elections. With roughly 30 million people in need of aid, food, and water, the country is […]

Chavismo Died With Chavez

Starvation, hyperinflation, disease and crime are just some of the problems Venezuelans face in the wake of the country’s worst crisis in its 208 year history. Likened to the economic devastation of war-torn Bosnia, the IMF estimates that the country will reach 44.3% unemployment by the end of 2019. With […]

Can Australia Help End Tribal Violence In Papua New Guinea?

The remote highlands regions of Papua New Guinea have recently been the subject of international attention in the wake of a brutal massacre. The remote village of Karida saw an outbreak of tribal violence earlier this month in an ongoing conflict in some of the country’s most remote provinces. While […]

A New Step For Sudan?

In December 2018 Sudanese citizens protested austerity measures imposed by President Omar Al-Bashir designed to prevent financial collapse. This included a cut to bread and fuel subsidies – enough to spark a mass protest in the nation’s capital, Khartoum. This mass demonstration evolved into calls for Bashir’s total removal along […]

What The Ukrainian Conflict Means For Human Rights

Events in Ukraine are the culmination of five years of political instability, due to divided allegiances between Russia and the European Union. As a former satellite state of the USSR, Ukraine was one of a small number of countries that did not implement the glasnost policies of the Gorbachev leadership […]

What The Eritrean Situation Means For Global Human Rights

With a population of around five million, Eritrea has approximately nine recognized ethnic groups and speaks a variety of different languages. While home to diverse groups and languages, the state itself remains one of the most repressive and authoritarian one-party states – often compared to North Korea. In September of 2018 […]