How will Joe Biden deal with the foreign policy ‘hinge’?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 3, 2020


Henry Kissinger called America’s indecision between its values and its interests the “hinge”. Rightly so. Opinion has swung this way and that. America’s foreign policy “hinge” has always been a testy issue and four years of Donald Trump haven’t settled the matter. Not with Mr Trump’s America Firstism rejected in last month’s election. Joe Biden … Continue reading “How will Joe Biden deal with the foreign policy ‘hinge’?”

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US diplomat’s wife flees UK for hit-and-run: Is rule of law now subverted for Americans everywhere?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 5, 2019


News that the wife of a US diplomat has fled Britain because she is suspected of involvement in a fatal hit-and-run, is quite simply appalling. From the way it’s being reported, the woman exercised her right to diplomatic immunity. Well, she had the right to that immunity but the US government could have waived it, … Continue reading “US diplomat’s wife flees UK for hit-and-run: Is rule of law now subverted for Americans everywhere?”

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The beginning of the end of American power? – Part I

by Rashmee

Posted on January 17, 2019


If you’re American it’s hard to imagine a happy new year in 2019. Let me rephrase that. If you’re an American foreign policywallah and aren’t a diehard Trump-supporter with murderous thoughts about migrants, Muslims and others, it’s hard to imagine a happy new year in 2019. It’s nearly the halfway point of Donald Trump’s unexpected … Continue reading “The beginning of the end of American power? – Part I”

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Faux foreign issues and Trump’s battle for votes

by Rashmee

Posted on November 11, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


US elections, especially the low-wattage midterms, don’t generally hinge on foreign policy issues but the world did intrude in some ways on some of the 470 federal and 36 gubernatorial contests of November 6 and it was US President Donald Trump who invited it in. The “America First” president made his take on international affairs … Continue reading “Faux foreign issues and Trump’s battle for votes”

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Trump’s Twitter guru rails at both migrants and Western-born children of migrants

by Rashmee

Posted on December 1, 2017


Now that the gloves are mostly off, why don’t Donald Trump, Ann Coulter and others like them just say it? ** The West is meant to be white ** The West is meant to be Christian ** Go “home” everyone who isn’t at least one, but preferably both On BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on … Continue reading “Trump’s Twitter guru rails at both migrants and Western-born children of migrants”

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The Anglosphere loses the most because of Australia First, Kiwis First policies

by Rashmee

Posted on May 26, 2017


I don’t know if you noticed but New Zealand too, like Australia and Donald Trump’s America, has announced it will tighten access to skilled work visas. This will be a way of privileging Kiwis, the country’s immigration minister admitted with admirable candour, describing the move as a “Kiwis-first approach to immigration”. So to Donald Trump’s … Continue reading “The Anglosphere loses the most because of Australia First, Kiwis First policies”

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Doors begin to close on India’s tech diaspora

by Rashmee

Posted on April 27, 2017 / The National


After nearly two decades of being welcomed as the geeks who could inherit the Earth — along with all its computer glitches, which they would proceed to fix — Indian techies are finding that the rich world has changed its mind. Me-first work and visa policies by a clutch of countries are being interpreted by Indian information technology workers … Continue reading “Doors begin to close on India’s tech diaspora”

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Take Trump’s ‘America First’ world view seriously. And literally. He’s said this 30 years

by Rashmee

Posted on November 14, 2016


It was Peter Thiel, Donald Trump’s only Silicon Valley supporter before the election, who had the best, most insightful line on the property magnate turned politician. The media, said Mr Thiel, takes Donald Trump literally, not seriously. Instead, they should take him seriously, not literally. That is spot on. We should be taking Mr Trump’s … Continue reading “Take Trump’s ‘America First’ world view seriously. And literally. He’s said this 30 years”

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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