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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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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The sultan and the tsar: A modern fairy tale from Ankara

by Rashmee

Posted on April 8, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Once upon a time in Ankara, the sultan of Turkey and the tsar of Russia met and agreed on a foolproof problem-sharing, problem-solving plan that would strike awe into every heart. It was a masterstroke of decisiveness, the purest exaltation of the art of the possible. The sultan and the tsar decided to de-recognise problems … Continue reading “The sultan and the tsar: A modern fairy tale from Ankara”

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Assad: The movie — Journeys into Alt Reality

by Rashmee

Posted on March 25, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Can there be anything more cynical or staged than Syria’s president driving calmly from Damascus to Eastern Ghouta on a bright day in March? Yes, actually. There was the September 2016 video of Bashar Assad doing much the same thing, tooling his car capably, confidently and with a smile, into Darayya, a rebellious town south-west … Continue reading “Assad: The movie — Journeys into Alt Reality”

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Vladimir Putin’s 4-point track record on ‘Making Russia Great Again’

by Rashmee

Posted on March 10, 2018


On March 18, when Russia’s President Putin wins his fourth term in office in so-called elections, he can look back on some remarkable achievements. These include the following: A deal signed with Syria’s Bashar Al Assad regime gives Russia control and access to its only naval port (the Tartus naval base) in the Mediterranean, as … Continue reading “Vladimir Putin’s 4-point track record on ‘Making Russia Great Again’”

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Why warmongers must have skin in the game

by Rashmee

Posted on February 25, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Would the conflicts in the Middle East suddenly grind to a halt if 21st-century political leaders had to ride into battle like the kings and emperors of yore? “Yes,” says Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the Lebanon-born-and-bred American writer who has a history of thinking the unthinkable. If politicians had skin in the game, they would make … Continue reading “Why warmongers must have skin in the game”

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All those Syrian babies named ‘Putin’ and ‘Elena’ after the Russian military spox

by Rashmee

Posted on November 29, 2017


  Here’s all the news about the Russian offensive in Syria that you haven’t heard about. Or so it’s billed by .Coda. Contrary to the surly reports from many western news outlets, .Coda writes about the optimism and the gratitude being felt by many Syrians. Towards Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Russia in general. Click here to read the … Continue reading “All those Syrian babies named ‘Putin’ and ‘Elena’ after the Russian military spox”

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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