Author: Tim Harvey

Has Edward Colston Been Wiped From History?

It is the strange nature of public discourse that allows a premise to be established on one side of an argument without its logic ever really being questioned. I have certainly been guilty of arguing from such a standpoint – when the Rhodes Must Fall campaign gained particular prominence in

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MENA Governments Account For Majority Of Global Confirmed Executions

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region witnessed the vast majority of confirmed executions last year, according to data released by Amnesty International today. The report, entitled Death Sentences and Executions 2019, reveals that Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq together accounted for 81% of the world’s confirmed

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Coronavirus – The Latest Threat To Yemen

In 1616, Pieter van den Broecke – a tradesman serving the Dutch East India Company – defied a detachment of Ottoman soldiers guarding coffee plantations in southern Yemen to smuggle some seedlings of the prized plant out of the country. Returning to the Dutch Republic, the clothing merchant was able

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Saudi Plane Shot Down In Al-Jawf

Houthi forces claim to have shot down a Saudi warplane in the northern Yemeni province of al-Jawf, Al Jazeera has reported. The rebel group’s claim came just a day before the Saudi-led military coalition confirmed it had lost a fighter jet in the region on Saturday.   The official Suadi

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The British Mandate And The Creation Of The Arab-Israeli Conflict

The British Mandate for Palestine, established in the wake of the First World War after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, transformed Arab-Jewish relations in the Middle East. While Palestine was a part of the Ottoman Empire, interfaith relations were relatively peaceful. Although non-Muslims had what was referred to as

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Palestinians Protest U.S. U-Turn On Israeli Settlements

Demonstrations erupted in the West Bank on Tuesday, in a direct response to the declaration by the United States that they no longer believe Israeli settlements to be in violation of international law. The Palestinian Red Crescent has recorded injuries to as many as 77 demonstrators inflicted by Israeli forces

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Putting Yemen On The Map

The complaint that Yemen’s five-year conflict has been largely ignored by the world at large is now more familiar than the conflict itself. An in-depth study conducted by Amanda Guidero and Maia Hallward last year, entitled Global Responses to the Conflict and Crisis in Syria and Yemen, concluded that the

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Will Oman Talks Signal the Beginning of the End for Hadi’s Rule in Yemen?

Indirect talks between Saudi officials and representatives of the Houthi rebels are being hosted in Oman, as each party seeks a political solution to the near five-year long conflict. These negotiations come just 12 days after the signing of the Riyadh Agreement, which formalised a power-sharing arrangement between the internationally

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First Phase Of Grenfell Inquiry Released

The first phase of the two-part Grenfell Inquiry was released earlier this week, concluding that failings in the London Fire Brigade’s (LFB) response, combined with flaws inherent in the building’s construction to cause a disaster unprecedented in British social housing history.   The report, conducted by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, confirmed

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Lebanese Protests Enter Tenth Day

Protests in Lebanon have continued into their tenth day, despite calls from the government for the people to desist. Riot police have been called in to try to defuse the situation in Beirut, as demonstrators have clashed with pro-Hezbollah supporters in the capital. Over one million people have taken to

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Iraq Death Toll Reaches 65 As Protests Continue

At least 65 people have now been killed during violent anti-government protests taking place across Iraq, according to Reuters. The rallies have spread rapidly across the country, since spontaneous demonstrations erupted in Baghdad last Tuesday. The unrest has been met with a fierce response from the Iraqi security forces, with

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