Time for refugees to return now that the Syrian war is winding down?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 7, 2018


On May 3, 2018 Bashar Al Assad’s government regained control of a key highway, the M5 linking Aleppo to the capital Damascus through Homs. It was the first time in years that the regime was in charge of that highway. It signified a great deal about the changed course of the war. After seven years, … Continue reading “Time for refugees to return now that the Syrian war is winding down?”

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Another lens to view Syria: its merchants

by Rashmee

Posted on April 29, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Towards the end of her book “The Merchant of Syria: A History of Survival,” British Arabist Diana Darke quotes a Syrian proverb. “All roads lead to the mill” it goes, a reference to the Syrian people’s indomitable instinct for survival through commerce over hundreds of years. It may seem like an uncomfortably Panglossian sentiment when … Continue reading “Another lens to view Syria: its merchants”

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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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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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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, UK and US