Has the ‘delete Facebook’ campaign had effect? Not so you would notice

by Rashmee

Posted on April 25, 2018


Facebook reports quarterly earnings today, the first reckoning-up since an enormous crisis of trust engulfed it. The main thing to watch is usage. Does Facebook in April have fewer users than in January? A change had already come upon Facebook users at the start of the year. Users were starting to spend less time on … Continue reading “Has the ‘delete Facebook’ campaign had effect? Not so you would notice”

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Is it true the con man is a very American creature?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 21, 2018


This is not meant to be about politics, more specifically the politics of America today, but how does one deal with the idea that most Americans love a con man? It’s not me that’s saying it. The Atlantic’s April issue has a piece headlined “The Perfect Man Who Wasn’t”, which deals with a con man … Continue reading “Is it true the con man is a very American creature?”

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Difference? Swazi king renames country; UK Queen asks Commonwealth to let her son lead

by Rashmee

Posted on April 20, 2018


  Spot the difference. Swaziland King Mswati III’s renames his country eSwatini and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II tells the Commonwealth she hopes her son and heir becomes head of the organisation. There is a difference. Actually, there are two clear points of difference. King Mswati III, one of the world’s last absolute monarchs, could rename … Continue reading “Difference? Swazi king renames country; UK Queen asks Commonwealth to let her son lead”

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What did Mark Zuckerberg know about Turkey’s elections and when did he know it?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 19, 2018


On Thursday, April 19 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey suddenly announced that presidential and parliamentary elections would be held on June 24. That’s more than a year early. The elections had been expected in November 2019. Almost no one would have predicted elections in Turkey this year. Except for Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg. In … Continue reading “What did Mark Zuckerberg know about Turkey’s elections and when did he know it?”

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Barbara Bush was the American equivalent of Britain’s Queen Mother

by Rashmee

Posted on April 18, 2018


The former US first lady enjoyed something rare for an American – in fact only one other woman has ever had this position – she was married to one US president and mother of another. So Barbara Bush was a bit like the late Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother – married to one ruler and mother of another. … Continue reading “Barbara Bush was the American equivalent of Britain’s Queen Mother”

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Syria strikes are ‘mission accomplished’ for the usual suspects. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on April 16, 2018


  The posturing all around after the April 13 US, UK and French strikes on Syria has been really quite remarkable. It would be nauseating if it weren’t so amusing. Consider the following: The Syrian regime managed to suggest the strikes were both unacceptable and unsuccessful. That’s quite a feat but Damascus put out the line … Continue reading “Syria strikes are ‘mission accomplished’ for the usual suspects. Here’s why”

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France only one of self-righteous trio to recognise how limited air strikes are

by Rashmee

Posted on April 14, 2018


France seems to be the only one of the self-righteous striking trio that lobbed missiles and bombs into Syria on Friday night to have a broader plan. French president Emmanuel Macron’s plan appears to recognise the limits of limited air strikes. On Friday, April 13 itself, hours before the strikes, Mr Macron had a phone … Continue reading “France only one of self-righteous trio to recognise how limited air strikes are”

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US strikes on Syria would not be legal

by Rashmee

Posted on April 13, 2018


Never mind that US strikes on Syria would be useless and dangerously escalate tensions with Russia, they wouldn’t be legal. Experts on international law say that there are three situations that would make US strikes on a sovereign country legal: If the government of that country invited it to undertake action If there were a … Continue reading “US strikes on Syria would not be legal”

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Caught between ‘monsters’ and ‘maniacs’ as West ponders strikes on Syria

by Rashmee

Posted on April 12, 2018


As British prime minister Theresa May summons her cabinet to approve solidarity with US-led air strikes on Syria, consider the range of opinions on the move. The Times, London reports on polling that shows that only a fifth of British voters support air strikes. Most people don’t believe military action is the right way forward. … Continue reading “Caught between ‘monsters’ and ‘maniacs’ as West ponders strikes on Syria”

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An agonised Syrian pleads for Russia to be punished by taking World Cup away

by Rashmee

Posted on April 10, 2018


To no one’s surprise, the so-called “international community” has done neither of the two things that really might matter to the Syrians caught up in the conflict and/or suffering from alleged chemical poisoning by Bashar Al Assad’s regime. On Sunday, Kassam Eid, who grew up outside Damascus and has managed to leave Syria, suggested that … Continue reading “An agonised Syrian pleads for Russia to be punished by taking World Cup away”

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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