Syria, Iran, unicorns and rainbows: The Trump-Putin tryst

by Rashmee

Posted on July 15, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


US President Donald Trump may not think it worthwhile to consult Dennis Ross on Russia in the Middle East but the veteran US diplomat’s reading of the situation as it pertains today is spot on. The United States has not wanted to be part of a solution in Syria and it is not, Ross recently … Continue reading “Syria, Iran, unicorns and rainbows: The Trump-Putin tryst”

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What South Korea’s reaction to Yemeni refugees really tells us

by Rashmee

Posted on July 13, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


It has taken less than a thousand refugees fleeing Yemen’s grinding three-year-old war for prosperous, seemingly globalised South Korea to revert to fiercely xenophobic notions of a country built upon “ethnic homogeneity” and “pure blood.” South Korea’s newly visible animus to Muslims and Arabs comes at an interesting point in the global conversation about uninvited … Continue reading “What South Korea’s reaction to Yemeni refugees really tells us”

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The commodification of global military protection could be cataclysmic

by Rashmee

Posted on July 11, 2018 / The National


With Nato leaders’ annual meeting to be followed by a US-Russia presidential summit, the business of international security is increasingly on people’s minds. Is protection about to become a sunshine commercial sector now that Donald Trump increasingly seems to suggest America’s traditional security alliances be repaid in kind and that the US receive trade preferences … Continue reading “The commodification of global military protection could be cataclysmic”

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Why Europe seeks an ‘Australian solution’ to the migrant issue

by Rashmee

Posted on July 8, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


When European leaders talk of establishing “disembarkation platforms” for migrants in the Middle East and Africa, they are hoping to find an “Australian solution” to a hot-button issue. Here’s why. Australia’s policies towards unwanted migrants are tough, deeply controversial — and they have worked. Australia has all but become a no-go area for the uninvited. Even people … Continue reading “Why Europe seeks an ‘Australian solution’ to the migrant issue”

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Trump of all people should know that corporate patriotism is neither natural nor desirable

by Rashmee

Posted on July 4, 2018 / The National


US President Donald Trump is not the first politician to fulminate about the need for corporate loyalty to country above all else. Mr Trump’s threats and imprecations against the American Midwest’s legendary motorcycle manufacturer Harley–Davidson for daring to send some of its production overseas, echoed the milder frustration about big business once expressed by his … Continue reading “Trump of all people should know that corporate patriotism is neither natural nor desirable”

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That other European Union

by Rashmee

Posted on July 1, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


In person, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto is entirely believable when he insists that Europe has a problem. Unfortunately, Szijjarto scores an own goal. He convinces listeners that Europe’s problem has less to do with uninvited migrants than with the four-member Visegrad Group of central European countries, of which Hungary is a part. This had … Continue reading “That other European Union”

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British choreography should have risen beyond the symbolic gesture

by Rashmee

Posted on June 29, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


When Prince William became the first member of the British royal family to officially visit the Palestinian Territories, some said it was fine so far as it went, but the gesture came seven decades too late. It was a reference to Britain’s perceived irrelevance in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, 71 years after the British Mandate in … Continue reading “British choreography should have risen beyond the symbolic gesture”

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Migration is not at a peak - hysteria is

by Rashmee

Posted on June 27, 2018 / The National


If we had little data and nothing more than political discussions in western capitals to go by, it would seem as if the whole world was on the move and all were headed for rich countries. The transatlantic conversation is unblinkingly focused on migration. Europe seems unable to consider anything else right now but Thursday’s … Continue reading “Migration is not at a peak - hysteria is”

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Global migration, from American dream to nightmare

by Rashmee

Posted on June 24, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


With every year since 2012, there’s been a new post-second world war global record for forcibly displaced people. Last year was the worst — 68.5 million — a report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says. Every month since June 2015, when Donald Trump announced his US presidential bid, there has come from some part of the … Continue reading “Global migration, from American dream to nightmare”

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‘Countries wanting to tackle migration should follow Switzerland’s lead and boost local economies rather than punish individuals’

by Rashmee

Posted on June 23, 2018 / The Independent


The European Union  desperately wants to agree on a plan to curb the influx of migrants, possibly by creating vast holding camps in Africa. Donald Trump’s America wants to frighten off migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador by locking them up and taking away their children. Neither will work but here’s a canny immigration control strategy that might. … Continue reading “‘Countries wanting to tackle migration should follow Switzerland’s lead and boost local economies rather than punish individuals’”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, UK and US