Slash and burn: Trump’s pyromaniac foreign policy moves on his way out

by Rashmee

Posted on January 20, 2021


Until the end, Donald Trump has remained true to himself (as well as the most churlish portrait of him). On his way out of the Oval Office, he’s lit wildfires of various sorts in the foreign policy sphere. It’s obvious that he wants to make life even harder for incoming President Joe Biden. (‘Take that. … Continue reading “Slash and burn: Trump’s pyromaniac foreign policy moves on his way out”

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Concidisti populos nasum tuum. Brazil’s Bolsonaro spitefully cuts off his (& the poor’s) nose

by Rashmee

Posted on November 16, 2018


Is there anything more silly than Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro provoking Cuba to withdraw its 11,420 doctors from Brazil? Is there anything quite as callous? Those doctors work in some of Brazil’s poorest and most remote regions. They’re generally regarded as rather a good thing, being part of Cuba’s robust (and free to its citizens) … Continue reading “Concidisti populos nasum tuum. Brazil’s Bolsonaro spitefully cuts off his (& the poor’s) nose”

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Havana high for US: Why countries need poets to say what they can’t – or won’t

by Rashmee

Posted on August 15, 2015


Formulaic or not, there’s always something enormously moving when countries wheel out poets to say something that governments really can’t. The theory goes that a poem, which is Greek for “a made thing” and poetry, which is a set of techniques to put emotions into words, plumbs the unsaid, that feeling deep down inside, so far … Continue reading “Havana high for US: Why countries need poets to say what they can’t – or won’t”

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Will Cuba cash the US rental cheques for Guantanamo Bay?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 19, 2014


Talk US-Cuba relations and Guantanamo Bay doesn’t immediately come to mind. But it should. The Americans have been using this leased bit of real estate since 1903 and after the 1959 Communist revolution, Havana hasn’t even cashed the annual cheques. Okay, so each cheque is worth a measley $4,085 a year (or thereabouts), as Matt … Continue reading “Will Cuba cash the US rental cheques for Guantanamo Bay?”

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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