Catherine Shakdam

Beyond America’s Bottom Line — How MBS Could ...

TRBS454522Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and alleged brutal death was not an accident … rather the inevitable result of both our inability and unwillingness to face up to the nature of a regime defined in bloodshed, for the sake of lucrative contracts and one grandiose pipedream…

Saudi Arabia’s Great Tumbling Down – Th...

SALPRI453453411Where has Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gone? Since mainstream media broke news of the disappearance and alleged death of Jamal Khashoggi, MBS has gotten a little camera shy … and somewhat politically withdrawn. Whatever did happen to our buoyant reformer, who…

Yemen at War – Whose Legitimacy is the ...

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Earlier this September UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths reaffirmed what he sees as his foremost mandate: “to begin the difficult and uncertain journey away from war.” But how does one go about formulating a way out of war when at its heart lies the very real and intricate issue of legitimacy? If Yemen’s conflict is great many things: competing…

The Saudi Inquisition – Authorities Mov...

ASHRABack in 2017 a report by Human Rights Watch warned against Saudi Arabia’s propensity to play up sectarianism as a valid expression of its state policy. “Saudi clerics, including those holding official positions, have ‘vigorously employed’ modern tools…

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…


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