Shamima Begum, a dangerous threat or a victim? By Angela Caldin

It’s difficult these days to avoid commentary on the plight of Shamima Begum who is living in a tent in the al Hawl refugee camp in Syria with her new born baby. She wants to come home, but the problem is that ‘home’ is what she joined Isis to destroy. The standard of living, the healthcare, the housing and the developed infrastructure are what she now wants for herself and her child, not the hard life on offer with Isis which she has fled. A tough decision The Home Secretary has taken… Read More

Angela’s ABCs – Empathy and Sympathy by Angela Caldin

I’ve been thinking for some time about how best to define these two words whose meanings are, for me, hard to pin down.  After much thought and consultation with friends, I’ve come up with the following: Empathy is the capacity to share in the feelings and identify with the emotions of others by knowing or imagining what it would be like to be in their situation: Years of working with victims of crime had given her deep empathy with them and the problems they faced. In his novels, Henry James showed extraordinary… Read More