The Afghan situation comes home to Greenwich

by Rashmee

Posted on August 31, 2021


Late last evening, I received an urgent email from my local authority. “As you know …

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Are the Taliban really in charge?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 30, 2021


Tomorrow is the first day the Taliban will be in sole charge of Afghanistan. But …

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A slice of 17th century life in the National Gallery

by Rashmee

Posted on August 29, 2021


This Sunday bank holiday weekend was a marker for me. It was the first time …

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What to read about jihad: a novel may be best

by Rashmee

Posted on August 28, 2021


I’m intrigued by the reading list put together by The Economist on global jihadism. There …

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Donald Rumsfeld’s epitaph was written long ago — and it’s full of known knowns

by Rashmee

Posted on August 27, 2021


I didn’t realise until a day or so ago that Donald Rumsfeld was buried this …

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How will Taliban 2.0 interpret Sharia law in Afghanistan?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 26, 2021 / The New European


As the world waits to see the extent to which the Taliban’s victory will see …

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The truth is Afghanistan may already be fading as a news story in the US

by Rashmee

Posted on August 25, 2021


Here’s something to consider as everyone who is anyone writes about Afghanistan and what it …

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Hissene Habre’s death in prison is a reminder that his western counterparts go scot free

by Rashmee

Posted on August 24, 2021


  News of former Chadian president Hissene Habre’s death (on August 24) made me think …

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A better playbook for America’s Afghan engagment?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 23, 2021


A thoughtful reader asked me a key question the other day: what would have been …

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‘The trendy Taliban’? You’ve got to be kidding

by Rashmee

Posted on August 22, 2021


Of all the ridiculous stories on Afghanistan I’ve read, Mail Online takes the sambusa. (That’s …

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