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Shams Al-Shakarchi

Shams Al-Shakarchi is a British-Iraqi journalist with an interest in Iraq, women's rights and economic empowerment

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These Middle Eastern countries still criminalise homosexuality

08 July, 2017

As Londoners on Saturday marked 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality, same-sex relationships in some countries in the Middle East are still punishable by death.

As Islamic State militants retreat, what’s left of Mosul?

08 July, 2017

As Iraqi and coalition forces draw closer to a victory over the Islamic State group in Mosul, the scale of the destruction lying in their wake is immense.

Trumps are better out than in: London protests

04 February, 2017

Londoners marched through the city on Saturday protesting Donald Trump's travel ban which has caused international outrage and wreaked havoc at airports.

Muslim ban protesters hijack @TrumpHotels ‘favourite travel memory’ tweet

30 January, 2017

A marketing tweet from Donald Trump's hotel chain asking for stories of a "favourite journey" backfired after social media users took the opportunity to protest against the immigration order

Department of Refugee Defence? Pentagon trolls Trump over visa-ban

26 January, 2017

The Pentagon posted a tweet going against the anti-immigration rhetoric - a perfectly-timed coincidence or a small act of defiance against the controversial Trump administration?

Do Trump supporters really care about Middle Eastern women?

22 January, 2017

Saturday's global Women's March sparked a sudden 'concern' for women's rights in the Middle East among right-wing Trump supporters.

Lebanese immigrant designer under fire for dressing Melania Trump

21 January, 2017

Lebanese immigrant designer Reem Acra has been criticised after Melania Trump wore one of her dresses to a pre-inauguration dinner, with critics claiming she was supporting Trump's anti-immigration politics.

Seven signs Trump is going 'full Arab dictator'

20 January, 2017

From the gaudy, gold furnishings at Trump HQ to White House nepotism and cosy alliances with Arab autocrats - is Donald Trump going full dictator?

America, Israel: you spelled 'resistance against illegal occupation' wrong

09 January, 2017

Israel and America denounced the deaths of four Israeli soldiers in a Jerusalem truck-ramming incident on Sunday as a 'terrorist attack'. They should look up the definition.

'Allahu akbar'-chanting Muslim mob torches Germany’s oldest church. Not.

07 January, 2017

A story by right-wing website Breitbart claiming a Muslim mob torched a German church has faced a backlash from European media and politicians, as fake news threatens the pre-election climate.

Eight times Saudi women smashed the status-quo in 2016

31 December, 2016

Known as being highly-conservative, Saudi Arabia – the only country to ban women from driving – still has some way to achieve equal rights, but progress was made in 2016.

Mosul children 'have seen things no one should see'

22 December, 2016

In-depth: While safe from the bombs of Mosul's frontlines, children who have fled the Islamic State group's 'caliphate' struggle with the trauma of what they have seen and suffered.

Shams Al-Shakarchi
Shams Al-Shakarchi

Shams Al-Shakarchi is a British-Iraqi journalist with an interest in Iraq, women's rights and economic empowerment

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