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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Trump wants US to go into security business, but it’s had poor record of winning wars

by Rashmee

Posted on July 12, 2018


The other day, Bloomberg columnist Leonid Bershidsky suggested US President Donald Trump wanted to hawk security services around the world in exchange for “trade preferences and other US-friendly economic outcomes on a major scale.” But, that would be a bad business to be in, Mr Bershidsky argued, because other countries such as China and Russia could … Continue reading “Trump wants US to go into security business, but it’s had poor record of winning wars”

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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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Who’s listening to Dennis Ross? But is he worth hearing out, at least on Syria?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 9, 2018


Donald Trump may not think it worthwhile to consult Dennis Ross on Russia in the Middle East, but the veteran diplomat’s reading of the situation as it obtains today is spot-on. The US has neither wanted to be part of a solution in Syria – and it is not, says Mr Ross. True. Russia runs … Continue reading “Who’s listening to Dennis Ross? But is he worth hearing out, at least on Syria?”

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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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Will the trade war really be Trump’s Afghanistan?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 7, 2018


In March, some eight weeks before the trade war, Adam Posen wrote a piece arguing that it could be Donald Trump’s Afghanistan (Click on this link or read it in full below). To start something costly, fruitless and open-ended was madness, Mr Posen wrote. His opinions remain as valid now, as back then. Mr Posen … Continue reading “Will the trade war really be Trump’s Afghanistan?”

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Le Sombre Fourth of July

by Rashmee

Posted on July 5, 2018


In Tunis, America’s 242nd birthday was seemingly as it always is. KFC and beer, bunting, and fairy lights on trees at the US Embassy. But there was a feverish gaiety about it all, a spreading sense that the world is changing faster than anyone could have imagined, and there is much to worry about. Everyone … Continue reading “Le Sombre Fourth of July”

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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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Mr Trump may be America’s Ambien

by Rashmee

Posted on July 3, 2018


Donald Trump is really, really good for world trade, just not for that with the United States. Consider the following developments in the past two weeks: June 14: Canada’s government asks parliament to ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, the revised version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership from which Trump’s America’s pulled out … Continue reading “Mr Trump may be America’s Ambien”

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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