Could capricious American unilateralism leave the US out in the cold?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2018 / The National


Those who wait with baited breath for a stinging European response to America’s withdrawal from the multi-lateral Iran nuclear deal should prepare to be marginally disappointed. The response may come but it will be subtle. Europe is not likely to launch high-velocity verbal volleys. But that does not mean it will meekly submit to capricious … Continue reading “Could capricious American unilateralism leave the US out in the cold?”

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Spring time in East Asia? Malaysian voters say time’s up for corrupt & complacent

by Rashmee

Posted on May 12, 2018


On May 9, Malaysian voters showed complacent and corrupt politicians there should always expect a reckoning in the people’s court, however unlikely it may seem. Of all the countries in the world where voters say “time’s up”, Malaysia was surely the more unexpected. Until May 9, 2018 it had never really changed its government. The … Continue reading “Spring time in East Asia? Malaysian voters say time’s up for corrupt & complacent”

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US primary election candidates are wearing their criminal convictions as a badge of political honour, not shame

by Rashmee

Posted on May 8, 2018 / The National


The US primary election season begins in earnest today and all eyes will be on West Virginia, where a remarkable political contest is underway. Some say it is a battle for America’s soul. Discount the hyperbole and the West Virginia primary is still extraordinary. A convicted former coal baron is in a three-way contest to … Continue reading “US primary election candidates are wearing their criminal convictions as a badge of political honour, not shame”

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Trump’s economic adviser wants exact opposite of most Americans

by Rashmee

Posted on May 4, 2018


  How successful is Larry Kudlow as Donald Trump’s top economic advisor? It’s hard to say. Until now, when he’s in China along with other US officials, Mr Kudlow has made headlines for something that wasn’t strictly about the economy. (Oh ok, Russian sanctions are about the economy and politics, but not strictly about the economy). … Continue reading “Trump’s economic adviser wants exact opposite of most Americans”

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Make this planet great again. Diplomacy, Macron style

by Rashmee

Posted on April 26, 2018


Is Donald Trump still talking to Emmanuel Macron? By all accounts, he hasn’t been tweeting at him or about him, not after the French president made his sharply critical speech to the US Congress. Mr Macron had some choice lines (though it’s doubtful Mr Trump will be admiring the felicity of the word play). “Let … Continue reading “Make this planet great again. Diplomacy, Macron style”

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‘Saudi First’ is changing the contours of West Asia

by Rashmee

Posted on April 23, 2018 / Hindustan Times


Can nationalism ever be a good thing? It depends. The lack of response by Arab states to the Israeli military’s recent attack on Palestinian protestors illustrates the regional changes that have come with a ‘Saudi First’ nationalist philosophy. Even though it was the worst violence in Gaza since the 2014 war between Hamas and Israel, … Continue reading “‘Saudi First’ is changing the contours of West Asia”

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A ‘snowflake’ strategy for Syria

by Rashmee

Posted on April 22, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Since the April 14 strikes on Syria by the United States, United Kingdom and France, it’s clear the West has been pursuing what can only be called a “snowflake” strategy. “Snowflake,” in this instance, is a derogatory term for emotionally vulnerable young millennials who are quick to take offence and are unable to cope with … Continue reading “A ‘snowflake’ strategy for Syria”

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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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Trump’s faux war in Syria

by Rashmee

Posted on April 15, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


To no one’s surprise, the so-called international community, led by the United States, has done neither of the two things that truly might affect the course of the Syrian conflict. It has not hit the Assad regime’s powerful Russian backers where it might really hurt — Vladimir Putin’s international and domestic prestige in hosting the FIFA World … Continue reading “Trump’s faux war in Syria”

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Indian legal migrants should still be able to work; their children need a DACA deal

by Rashmee

Posted on April 7, 2018


Why the Trump administration would prevent spouses of H-1B visa-holders from working is not hard to understand. It shows toughness. And surliness. Those dark-skinned skilled workers (mostly from India) are being made aware of their limited welcome. That they are being tolerated, for the moment, but they should not presume to think of themselves as … Continue reading “Indian legal migrants should still be able to work; their children need a DACA deal”

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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