Mr Trump’s proposed NATOME will be in the Middle East. That’s as ludicrous as the acronym

by Rashmee

Posted on February 14, 2020


It’s hard to see the rationale for Donald Trump’s call on the NATO alliance to increase its involvement in the Middle East.  He’s dreamt up a name for the mission – NATOME (NATO plus the initials of Middle East) – but beyond, there’s no clarity on anything very much. NATO is primarily focused on collective … Continue reading “Mr Trump’s proposed NATOME will be in the Middle East. That’s as ludicrous as the acronym”

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Some American corporations are showing they have the sensibility of an ethical person

by Rashmee

Posted on October 8, 2019


For nearly a decade, corporate personhood has been hugely controversial in the United States. Ever since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010, upholding the rights of corporations to make political expenditures under the First Amendment, confers the right to free speech on a person or an association of people. Of … Continue reading “Some American corporations are showing they have the sensibility of an ethical person”

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Why the Sychronized Slump might be a thing

by Rashmee

Posted on August 16, 2019


Axios might’ve had it first: We seem headed for the Synchronized Slump, it said on August 15, as global economic data worsened. Quite so. The numbers are going down; things are going south. Some of the high points as cited by Axios: ** Japan and three of Europe’s four largest economies — Germany, Italy and the … Continue reading “Why the Sychronized Slump might be a thing”

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Mexico is in an even worse position than Turkey on the migrant issue

by Rashmee

Posted on June 10, 2019


The attempt by Donald Trump’s America to dump Central American migrants on Mexico reminds me of the refugee issue as experienced by two other countries – Turkey and Jordan. In 2016, European countries negotiated with Turkey to hold as many Syrian refugees as possible, which is to say they were to be prevented from taking … Continue reading “Mexico is in an even worse position than Turkey on the migrant issue”

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America’s ring-wing is driving a violent spree. Here’s why it matters

by Rashmee

Posted on February 21, 2019


No category of terrorist is more dangerous to America right now than its own, home-grown right-wing. Consider the news on February 21. A Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist, recently arrested in Maryland, was plotting to kill prominent journalists and Democratic politicians as well as “leftists in general”. That’s from the court filing. The man is … Continue reading “America’s ring-wing is driving a violent spree. Here’s why it matters”

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The migration compact doesn’t help a fraught debate

by Rashmee

Posted on December 16, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


It’s being billed as the first international deal on the migration crisis but it’s not really an agreement to do much of anything. The UN Global Compact for Migration, the formal name for the document adopted December 11 in Marrakech, makes several declaratory statements. It also offers many sweeping suggestions but the compact does not … Continue reading “The migration compact doesn’t help a fraught debate”

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Tunisia on my mind

by Rashmee

Posted on August 16, 2018


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Is Costa Rica the centre of the emerging ‘West’?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 31, 2018


Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, called it first. Mid-May, he wrote about how tiny Costa Rica has “become a world leader in developing holistic policies that promote democratic, sustainable, and inclusive economic growth”. Though Professor Stiglitz didn’t describe Costa Rica as the centre of the ‘free world’ and the aspirational ‘shining city on the … Continue reading “Is Costa Rica the centre of the emerging ‘West’?”

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Hungary’s Orban says he wants ‘protect Europe’. Which one?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 14, 2018


  It was striking that Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban declared that his country took as a duty the need to “protect Europe”. Mr Orban said this after he met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on July 5. As for Mrs Merkel, she didn’t say anything like that. Instead, she spoke about Europe’s obligation … Continue reading “Hungary’s Orban says he wants ‘protect Europe’. Which one?”

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Trump, faux shaman for a doubly forgotten people?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 8, 2018


From The New York Times, a fascinating bit of reportage on Donald Trump: “Former aides to the president, speaking privately because they did not want to embarrass him, said paranoia predisposed him to believe in nefarious, hidden forces driving events”. It made me think of mythmaking in ancient times, the origins stories in various cultures and … Continue reading “Trump, faux shaman for a doubly forgotten people?”

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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