Catherine Shakdam

Who’s Terrorism? The Politics of Terror and T...

00000Although ‘terrorism’ has become a term our media, state officials, and politicians have grown accustomed to throw around – an expression, more often than not, of their respective world views, the word has yet to be defined objectively…

Yemen’s Media Blackout — the Language of War

77889“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. Since the Saudi-led coalition declared war on impoverished Yemen: March 26, 2015, foreign journalists and independent news organisations have been…

Social Resistance in Yemen is Real and It Spe...

8001With more enemies set to destroy it than friends to rely on for basic survival, Yemen remains in the throes of a match to the death with its powerful neighbour: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Labelled an enemy by Riyadh on account of its people’s refusal to adopt the kingdom’s political narrative – mainly…

Let’s Call to End War Profiteering in Yemen

Y8534543Coming March 26, 2018 Saudi Arabia will have been at war with impoverished Yemen for a punitive 3 years. Three years of an implacable and murderous military campaign that witnessed the death of over 15,000 people – of which mostly unarmed civilians; saw the destruction of civilian…

The Ghost of Mistakes Past: Islamic Jihadism ...

853423423With Daesh militants all but defeated, another battle – one more serious as we may soon find out, has seen western capitals struggle with that very ideology they say to abhor, and yet tacitly supported, as part of their desire to quiet certain geopolitical dynamics in…

How France Became the Front Line of Salafists...

66сс8Belief so far has prevailed that Terror, such as that expressed by those factions which ambition through bloodshed and plunder to create a system of governance they believe to be the expression of their Salafist faith, remains forever rooted within the Islamic world – thus putting…

11 days to Freedom – Remembering Iran’s Awake...

R34241123“… Back when women who wore heels and lipstick regarded their chador-clad sisters in the religious cities and the countryside as backward, Iran was supposed to be on course to becoming a reliable ally of the West,” writes Mary Dejeevsky…

Yemen’s War Theatre Just Got More Complicated

YY7967234234If few were ever under the illusion that Saudi Arabia could manifest its hegemonic ambi- tions in Yemen by sheer military force, the recent collapse in Aden of Riyadh’s tentative alliance with the UAE only serves to underscore the pending demise of the kingdom’s so-called coalition…

The Hardest Road Ahead – Yemen’s Confli...

8906744Yemen’s longest serving president Ali Abdullah Saleh is no more! If news of his death may have left many to rejoice at the demise of a man they perceived as a tyrant – an opportunist hungry for power and wealth, Yemen’s former strongman nevertheless spoke…

Arbaeen – The Untold Largest Pilgrimage...

IMG453453453Far from the public eye, carefully blanketed by mainstream media silence, the holy city of Karbala saw this early November its numbers of inhabitants swell by an estimated 17 million and counting. From all four corners of the world…

Trump’s America is Not Just Losing, it has Al...

45234234“Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances that prevented conflict and tilted the world toward freedom since World War II.” clamored one boastful US President Donald Trump as he took…

A People and a Faith are Held Hostage to the ...

AE26F8E285961C0A3659F5ECF8C4C534_750x422The House of Saud is using the Hajj pilgrimage as an asymmetrical weapon of war to forward its agenda. To prevent God to become a tradable commodity, and abuses institutions onto themselves, silence…


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