Catherine Shakdam's Blog

Catherine Shakdam

Blog description : This blog will aim to cover all issues related to the Middle East, independently and objectively, without any bas or particular agenda. But more importantly this blog aims to lay out the real issues which the media have intended to block out. Profile: A political risk analyst for the Middle East with Wikistrat, Catherine Shakdam’s work has been published extensively in Majalla, Press TV, Foreign Policy Association, the Guardian UK and other world renown publication.

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July 4, 2014

As much as the media eyes have been focus on Iraq and Syria where ISIL fighters – Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – have secured devastating advances against both Iraq and Syria armed forces, Bahrain has been left to suffer, its…

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July 4, 2014

When ISIL – the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – announced its independence from Al Qaeda in February 2014, most analysts understood such a divorce within the Islamic radical family as a clear sign of the group disintegration along…

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June 11, 2014

While international media have reported on the surge of violence which, since last Wednesday at dawn, has plagued Samarra, an Iraqi city lying directly north of the capital, Baghdad, in what is known as the Sunni triangle, few have actually spoken of…

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June 2, 2014

Following months of violence targeted at the Muslim Shia community in Indonesia, the heinous worlds of Tardjono Abu Muas – Head of Indonesia Anti-Shia Alliance - have burned red hot fear into the hearts of all Shia in the region, as they feel…

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May 26, 2014

Amid yet more reports of grave human rights violations against Bahrain Shia community, a rather worrying development has come to light in the kingdom island as King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa is attempting to sow discord amid the Christian and Shia…

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May 7, 2014

Although three years have passed since pro-democracy activists took to the streets of Tunis, Cairo, Manama and Sana’a to proclaim the birth of a new Middle Eastern world order, strong of the desire to see flourish modern democracy and social…

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April 25, 2014

As the United States seeks to adapt to the ever-changing face of Islamic radicalism and growing anti-American sentiment in the Middle East, Washington is banking on its military to assert control, starting with Yemen.   Ever since Afghanistan…

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April 10, 2014

Earlier this week several intelligence websites, among which Debkafile confirmed that Washington had Okayed the delivery of anti-tank missiles to Syria in a last attempt to militarily overpower President Bashar Al Assad’s armed forces, topple…

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March 24, 2014

Formerly shun by the public as a result of state propaganda and latent sectarianism under the old regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Houthis - a Shiite group which stronghold is originally based in the northern province of Sa’ada…

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March 18, 2014

If ever since the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in the summer of 2013, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have increasingly come to clash over their divergent and often antagonistic foreign policies in the Middle East, recent weeks have seen the…

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February 28, 2014

As American security analysts and officials continue to ring the alarm on US President Barack Obama’s plan to military withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, a Pentagon-sponsored review made clear that a pull-out will in essence equate to handing…

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February 17, 2014

Not a month has gone by since Yemen President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi announced triumphant that the National Dialogue Conference - NDC - had reached a successful conclusion, following months of protracted negotiations, that reports of clashes and…

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