Tom Wilkinson

Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated Near Tehran, Heightening Tensions

On the 27th of November, one of Iran’s top nuclear scientists was assassinated in eastern Tehran. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a high-ranking nuclear physicist, was often named by Western intelligence as the leader of Iran’s military nuclear program until its disbanding in the early 2000s. No group has yet claimed responsibility for […]

North Korean Pre-Dawn Military Parade Reveals Largest Mobile Liquid-Fuel ICBM Developed

On Saturday 10 October, North Korea celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Workers’ Party with a major pre-dawn military parade. As usual, this parade functioned as a demonstration of North Korean military might, with tanks, jet planes, and soldiers featuring prominently. However, it was the presence of a new, previously-unknown […]

Venezuela Announces Charges For Alleged American Spy

On the 14th of September, Venezuela announced charges of terrorism, weapons trafficking, and conspiracy against an alleged American spy who was detained in the nation last week. The man, identified by Venezuelan officials as Matthew John Heath, is alleged to have CIA tires and been sent to Venezuela in an […]

65 Years After The Lynching Of Emmett Till, The Civil Rights Struggle Continues

On the 28th of August, 2020, thousands of Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial, speaking about racial equality, criminal justice reform, and the renewed struggle for civil rights. The date is one of great significance in the civil rights movement. 57 years prior, Americans had gathered at the same location […]

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 protesters 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, […]

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 […]