What’s with all the ‘swagger’ stuff at the US State Department?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 3, 2018


Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump’s second Secretary of State, first said he wanted the State Department to get back its “swagger” during his Congressional confirmation hearings. Now, he’s said it again. On Tuesday, May 1, in his first real day of work at the headquarters of the State Department, Mr Pompeo repeated the word. “Swagger”, he … Continue reading “What’s with all the ‘swagger’ stuff at the US State Department?”

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What is civilisation, Ibn Khaldun, famous son of Tunis, wondered in the 14th century

by Rashmee

Posted on December 2, 2017


Sitting in Tunis it feels entirely right and proper to be perusing ‘The Muqaddimah’, the 14th century history book written by Ibn Khaldun. He was a son of Tunis, and a traveller of great perspicacity and imagination. Ibn Khaldun served as a judge in Cairo and a confidante (of sorts) to Tamerlane (Timur), cruel fearsome … Continue reading “What is civilisation, Ibn Khaldun, famous son of Tunis, wondered in the 14th century”

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Globalism with a local accent is now officially on the political agenda

by Rashmee

Posted on July 20, 2017 / The National


When Canada’s prime minister recently made a special trip to the US to address the National Governors’ Association’s annual retreat, it was a sign that something unusual was afoot. In becoming the first foreign leader to formally engage with the group of 50 governors of American states and five US territories, Justin Trudeau was acknowledging … Continue reading “Globalism with a local accent is now officially on the political agenda”

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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