Catherine Shakdam

Saudi Arabia: How Yemeni Politicians Are not Playing Nice


Almost two months into its war against Yemen – one change of strategy and two ceasefires later – and Saudi Arabia appears nowhere near achieving any of its goals in this poorest and certainly most unruly nation of the Arabian Peninsula. But since…

Breaking up Iraq: Creation of a Proxy Kurdistan State


If the Middle East has lived under the guise of western oligarchs since the fall of the Ottoman Empire (WWIDahJTkfw, held hostage to foreign powers’ will and desire to rule and control some of the world’s most precious natural resources: oil, gas and minerals, Washington…

War Crimes and Ethnic Cleansing in Yemen


A month  into its unilateral military aggression on Yemen, Saudi Arabia appears to have lost most of its composure, finding itself in a quagmire it never thought it could fall into – especially not in the most impoverished and instability-racked nation in the Arabian…

Yemen: The New Shia-Sunni Frontline Which Never Was

In utter and complete violation of international law, Saudi Arabia, the world's most violent and repressive theocracy declared war on…

Behind the Political Smokescreen — What is the Real Yemeni Agenda?

Hailed a success and a model by US President Barack Obama in September 2014, Yemen, this poorest and most populous…

Inner-fighting and Conflicting Agendas are Eroding Al Saud’s Empire

If Saudi Arabia has seen several kings fall and rise throughout the decades, it is probably King Abdullah ibn Saud’s…

America’s war in Afghanistan is over … or is it?

The United States would have you know that it's war in Afghanistan has finally come to a successful end ……

The Taliban is on the move – Kabul stands in the line of fire

According to troubling reports coming from Afghanistan, the Taliban - an Islamic fundamentalist political movement which rose in reaction to…

The last terror frontier – Why Daash is eyeing up Yemen

With much of the world’s attention focused on Daash’s advances in the greater Levant – aka the Islamic State –…

Saudi’s Invisible War Against Shia Muslims in the Middle East

If it is fair to say that there is no lost love in between Saudi Arabia and Shia Islam, or…

The Disintegration of the Saudi Empire and the new Iranian axis

If many have mocked Ali Reza Zakani’s comments on Saudi Arabia’s imminent fall and what he described as the “disintegration…

Has Amnesty International fallen victim to ISIS narrative?

A plague onto the Middle East, a cancer of the mind and an evil which seems to know no bound,…

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