Rebuilding Syria, one luxury hotel at a time

by Rashmee

Posted on September 22, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


The state of Syria is piteous after nearly a decade of conflict. An estimated 500,000 are dead; 12 million are internally or externally displaced. So, how about that busman’s holiday to Damascus? As of next year, it will be a very real possibility. The Chinese-owned, France-headquartered Louvre Hotels Group said it will manage two luxury … Continue reading “Rebuilding Syria, one luxury hotel at a time”

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Why the West must abandon its illusions on Syria

by Rashmee

Posted on January 29, 2019


Former NATO secretary general Javier Solana has hurled what can only be called a truth bomb at western illusions on Syria. “The West must pierce its illusions and sit down to negotiate more seriously – and at all levels – about Syria,” Mr Solana has said in a hard-hitting piece for Project Syndicate. Illusions of … Continue reading “Why the West must abandon its illusions on Syria”

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Time for refugees to return now that the Syrian war is winding down?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 7, 2018


On May 3, 2018 Bashar Al Assad’s government regained control of a key highway, the M5 linking Aleppo to the capital Damascus through Homs. It was the first time in years that the regime was in charge of that highway. It signified a great deal about the changed course of the war. After seven years, … Continue reading “Time for refugees to return now that the Syrian war is winding down?”

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A ‘snowflake’ strategy for Syria

by Rashmee

Posted on April 22, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Since the April 14 strikes on Syria by the United States, United Kingdom and France, it’s clear the West has been pursuing what can only be called a “snowflake” strategy. “Snowflake,” in this instance, is a derogatory term for emotionally vulnerable young millennials who are quick to take offence and are unable to cope with … Continue reading “A ‘snowflake’ strategy for Syria”

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Syria strikes are ‘mission accomplished’ for the usual suspects. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on April 16, 2018


  The posturing all around after the April 13 US, UK and French strikes on Syria has been really quite remarkable. It would be nauseating if it weren’t so amusing. Consider the following: The Syrian regime managed to suggest the strikes were both unacceptable and unsuccessful. That’s quite a feat but Damascus put out the line … Continue reading “Syria strikes are ‘mission accomplished’ for the usual suspects. Here’s why”

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Trump’s faux war in Syria

by Rashmee

Posted on April 15, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


To no one’s surprise, the so-called international community, led by the United States, has done neither of the two things that truly might affect the course of the Syrian conflict. It has not hit the Assad regime’s powerful Russian backers where it might really hurt — Vladimir Putin’s international and domestic prestige in hosting the FIFA World … Continue reading “Trump’s faux war in Syria”

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Caught between ‘monsters’ and ‘maniacs’ as West ponders strikes on Syria

by Rashmee

Posted on April 12, 2018


As British prime minister Theresa May summons her cabinet to approve solidarity with US-led air strikes on Syria, consider the range of opinions on the move. The Times, London reports on polling that shows that only a fifth of British voters support air strikes. Most people don’t believe military action is the right way forward. … Continue reading “Caught between ‘monsters’ and ‘maniacs’ as West ponders strikes on Syria”

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An agonised Syrian pleads for Russia to be punished by taking World Cup away

by Rashmee

Posted on April 10, 2018


To no one’s surprise, the so-called “international community” has done neither of the two things that really might matter to the Syrians caught up in the conflict and/or suffering from alleged chemical poisoning by Bashar Al Assad’s regime. On Sunday, Kassam Eid, who grew up outside Damascus and has managed to leave Syria, suggested that … Continue reading “An agonised Syrian pleads for Russia to be punished by taking World Cup away”

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Assad: The movie — Journeys into Alt Reality

by Rashmee

Posted on March 25, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Can there be anything more cynical or staged than Syria’s president driving calmly from Damascus to Eastern Ghouta on a bright day in March? Yes, actually. There was the September 2016 video of Bashar Assad doing much the same thing, tooling his car capably, confidently and with a smile, into Darayya, a rebellious town south-west … Continue reading “Assad: The movie — Journeys into Alt Reality”

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All those Syrian babies named ‘Putin’ and ‘Elena’ after the Russian military spox

by Rashmee

Posted on November 29, 2017


  Here’s all the news about the Russian offensive in Syria that you haven’t heard about. Or so it’s billed by .Coda. Contrary to the surly reports from many western news outlets, .Coda writes about the optimism and the gratitude being felt by many Syrians. Towards Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Russia in general. Click here to read the … Continue reading “All those Syrian babies named ‘Putin’ and ‘Elena’ after the Russian military spox”

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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