FBI shoots dead Orlando Chechen; Woolwich attackers shot but still alive

by Rashmee

Posted on May 23, 2013


Wider than the Atlantic Ocean. Deeper than the cultural underpinnings of different ways to spell and pronounce English words. The Anglo-American divide is as deep as it is wide. Much wider and deeper than the pond that separates them. Or so it might appear from these two news stories. They happened on the same day. … Continue reading “FBI shoots dead Orlando Chechen; Woolwich attackers shot but still alive”

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A ‘lean back’ chair for President Obama

by Rashmee

Posted on January 30, 2013


You’ve got to hand it to foreign policy wonks. They’re able to mint new doctrines and phrases despite the decided challenges of having familiar, well-worn world issues to work with. Iraq, Afghanistan, al Qaeda, Mali, Libya. The new is but a re-run of the old. So John Arquilla, professor of defense analysis at the U.S. … Continue reading “A ‘lean back’ chair for President Obama”

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Under attack in Kabul

by Rashmee

Posted on September 13, 2011


The American Embassy in Kabul is under attack. So says the BBC World Service. But the top story on television in America is something anodyne and unrelated. What sort of blindness is this that keeps America unsighted and heedless about ‘foreign parts’ where it is heavily engaged? Let’s ponder this great truth as articulated by … Continue reading “Under attack in Kabul”

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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