What the Nobel Prize for economics might tell us about peace in the Middle East

by Rashmee

Posted on October 15, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


This year’s Nobel Prize for economics will be awarded to Richard Thaler, the University of Chicago professor who has worked in the revolutionary field called behavioural economics. The prize makes official something the more discerning long suspected: That human beings are not rational creatures and that we’re prone to irresponsible decisions. The Sveriges Riksbank Prize … Continue reading “What the Nobel Prize for economics might tell us about peace in the Middle East”

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Why Liberia’s election may provide hope for strongmen everywhere, including the US

by Rashmee

Posted on October 7, 2017


On October 10, Liberia goes to the polls and those who shrug must not stop reading at least until after the next sentence. It holds clues to the likely political prospects of Donald Trump. There, I said it. It sounds pretty startling but it’s not really. Irrational affection for politicians, no matter what they do, … Continue reading “Why Liberia’s election may provide hope for strongmen everywhere, including the US”

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This @POTUS isn’t fascist but post-fascist. He represents capitalism without a human face

by Rashmee

Posted on October 6, 2017


In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico, let’s consider the way the word “fascism” is used in relation to this US President. The word is used all too often and all too wrongly says someone who can reliably be expected to know: Italian historian Enzo Traverso. He wrote an essay for the World … Continue reading “This @POTUS isn’t fascist but post-fascist. He represents capitalism without a human face”

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Trump went to Puerto Rico. And brought to life a scene in Graham Greene’s Haiti novel

by Rashmee

Posted on October 5, 2017


  When Donald Trump went to Puerto Rico, I remembered Graham Greene’s telling portrait of imperious largesse to the needy in ‘The Comedians’, his 1966 novel on Haiti. The US president threw rolls of paper towel and bags of rice to Puerto Ricans. Not, quite like the way Greene showed us the treatment of the … Continue reading “Trump went to Puerto Rico. And brought to life a scene in Graham Greene’s Haiti novel”

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Why do secessionist movements rarely gather international support?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 3, 2017 / The National


Catalonia. Kurdistan. And, almost unnoticed by much of the world, Ambazonia in south-western and north-western Cameroon. In just eight days, the world map has sought to be remade by three would-be states. And secession has suddenly become this autumn’s buzzword, the catwalk craze of this political season. It could hardly be otherwise. From Sunday, the … Continue reading “Why do secessionist movements rarely gather international support?”

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Is Trump’s travel ban 3.0 not about Muslims anymore?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 1, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Technically, it’s no longer possible to call US President Donald Trump’s new list of travel-restricted countries a “Muslim ban.” North Korea and Venezuela, two of the eight names on Trump’s week-old proclamation, are non-Muslim. Muslim-majority Sudan has been dropped from the list. Iraqi nationals are no longer banned outright from entering the United States but … Continue reading “Is Trump’s travel ban 3.0 not about Muslims anymore?”

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Who, on this list, has Donald Trump failed to insult?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 28, 2017


Axios has a great listing. Which of the following groups has President Donald Trump not offended or attacked either as a candidate or in office? ** Women ** Establishment Republicans ** Journalists (“sick people … thieves and crooks”) ** Pollsters ** NFL players ** NBA players ** Gold Star parents ** POWs (Senator John McCain) ** The … Continue reading “Who, on this list, has Donald Trump failed to insult?”

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How much does Donald Trump really matter to the world?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 18, 2017


How much does Donald Trump really matter to the world? Harvard professor and former US assistant secretary of defense Joseph Nye recently asked the question and came up with an interesting answer. Leadership does matter, he says, but no one knows how much exactly. “Scholars who have tried to measure the effects of leadership in … Continue reading “How much does Donald Trump really matter to the world?”

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Typical Trump cop-out or good news? Don’t certify Iranian compliance & let Congress deal with it

by Rashmee

Posted on September 14, 2017


Today (September 14), push comes to shove. It’s the deadline for the Trump administration to decide whether it will continue to waive Iranian sanctions under the deal. The sanctions were passed by the US Congress and go into effect unless they’re waived every few months — which President Trump has previously done. We’ll have to see … Continue reading “Typical Trump cop-out or good news? Don’t certify Iranian compliance & let Congress deal with it”

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What sense does it make to advertise the Kim Jong Un kill squad made up of Bin Laden’s nemesis?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 7, 2017


“Navy Seals training Kim ‘assassination’ squad,” goes the screaming headline in The Times, London, going on to report that South Korean commandos will be working with the US Navy Seals who killed Osama Bin Laden. It will mark the creation of a “special unit to assassinate Kim Jong-un in the event of war,” says the … Continue reading “What sense does it make to advertise the Kim Jong Un kill squad made up of Bin Laden’s nemesis?”

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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