Catherine Shakdam

Shamima Begum Wants Back in the UK – Why We Cannot Entertain her Plea for Compassion

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Speaking to the UK media this week, Britain’s most infamous jihadi bride, and allegedly ‘reformed’ Terror’s sympathiser called on her fellow Brits to let her back in on compassionate grounds. Shamima Begum, who left the UK at the age of 15 to join ISIS (banned in Russia) in Syria now claims her youth…

France Faces an Existential Crisis

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Once hailed the future of the Fifth Republic for he promised to reform France’s stalling economy and reclaim some of the nation’s long lost ‘shine’, French President Emmanuel Macron is now being compared to the notorious Marechal Petain – the man who sold France to the Nazis back in the late 1930s. Some protesters to his new ‘pandemic rules’ have gone…

Yemen’s War Against Women – Oppression Takes On Radical Undertones

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Note to readers: I have included in this article comments I have collected from women over the past few months as part of a research paper I’m conducting on Yemen as well as already published quotes from reputable rights organisation so that victims could be given a voice and their trauma told in their own words. If women…

Brokering Peace in Yemen – Fight for Marib will Dictate Nation’s Future

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Yemen’s oil rich province of Marib is once again centre stage to a raging battle for control, pitting Yemen’s internationally recognised government (backed by the Saudi war coalition and its local allies) to Ansarallah (aka the Houthis), a movement born in the Highlands of the northern province of Sa’ada that operates under…

Yemen’s Peacebuilding Process Calls for Strong Governance and Gender Equality

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As of March 25th 2021 Yemen will have been at war for six full years, caught in the grip of a conflict which has proven as cruel as it has been relentless in its disappearing of Yemen’s socio-political fabric and its once burgeoning democratic tradition. If Yemen’s conflict screams of covert colonialism and a desire to control one of Arabia…

An Egregious Attack on Free Speech Sends Democrats Cheering!

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“A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.” ― Albert Camus It is difficult to imagine a time when such words rang more true in their foretelling of Tyranny or more poignantly accurate in their description of the precipice we all in fact find ourselves staring at…

America Under Censorship: Biden’s Presidency Certified, Free Speech May be No Longer

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“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” ― George Washington As of January 6, 2021 Twitter decided to suspend US President Donald Trump’s account, for all intents and purposes putting a sock into the man’s mouth for IT didn’t feel like entertaining his political rants. And though many…

America’s Future Lies Still within its Incumbent President’s Hands

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With most news agencies putting Joe Biden firmly in the lead to the White House, incumbent President Donald Trump made clear the ballot boxes would hold little sway over his decision to vacate, or NOT, the corridors of America’s power … mostly not. But then again we never expected ‘America’s favourite president’ to conform…

The Empire’s New Clothes – or How Britain is NOT dealing with COVID-19

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With news over the weekend that the UK registered over 22,000 new cases of coronavirus in a single day it may be time to look the Empire in the face and state the obvious: Britain’s new attire is not exactly flattering…“ I don’t want to blind them, I just want them to blink a little.” The Emperor’s New Clothes And blink we have…

On the Hubris of Politicians and Our Willingness to Suspend all Critical Thinking and Reasoning

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Where does one start when faced with the litany of crises, plagues and altogether sordid developments 2020 has, ever so brutally, unleashed onto our unsuspected heads? Where does one start indeed… Before such a flood, one’s only hope would be to retreat to the comfort of one’s ark … Noah as it were had a good mind building one; we…

MKO Puts Albania at Risk Over Refusal to Comply with State Measures over COVID-19

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As Europe is coming to terms with the reality of a life interrupted courtesy of the covid-19 pandemic, governments after governments have had to call for their respective communities to comply with strict isolation rules not to overwhelm their already stretched out healthcare systems. Speaking at a daily public briefing this Friday…

The Houthis may Side with the Muslim Brotherhood against Saudi Arabia

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“Efforts have been made in recent weeks by members of Al Islah in Yemen (a political unbrella for various tribes and Islamic outfits, such as the Muslim Brotherhood) to organize an alliance of convenience with the Houthis to weaken Saudi Arabia’s influence in the Arabian Peninsula,” sources in Sana’a posited in exclusive comments…


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