Leaders for life are as creative as novelists. They engage in world-building

by Rashmee

Posted on January 17, 2020


On Wednesday (Jan. 15) Russia’s president Vladimir Putin offered an apparently new tactic of democratic deconstruction or what scholars call constitutional regression. He raised the profile of a previously little-known body, the State Council, and suggested Russian presidents shouldn’t have as much authority as once they did. This raises the possibility that Mr Putin will … Continue reading “Leaders for life are as creative as novelists. They engage in world-building”

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At one stroke Trump made a Libya of Venezuela

by Rashmee

Posted on February 4, 2019


The first thing to say about Donald Trump’s recognition of Venezuela’s opposition leader as president is this: America is not alone in this move. Canada and all of South America (except Mexico) are on the same page. As of January 28, European countries were also insisting Nicolas Maduro hold fresh elections. This, Mr Maduro seems … Continue reading “At one stroke Trump made a Libya of Venezuela”

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Do you really believe Donald Trump cares about justice for Hillary?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 10, 2017


In his three months as president, 18 months on the campaign trail and decades in public life, Donald Trump has not demonstrated great regard for truth, justice, honesty and fair play. When it suited him he filed for bankruptcy and let the small traders to whom he was in debt suffer. When he was so … Continue reading “Do you really believe Donald Trump cares about justice for Hillary?”

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Hugo Chavez, a ladies man, but not only in the way you think

by Rashmee

Posted on April 14, 2013


If you don’t vote Maduro, you don’t love your mother. Fascinating story in the Christian Science Monitor about Hugo Chavez’s progressive reform of Venezuelan politics and policy and its impact on women, particularly older ones. Chavez brought about key changes to the country’s constitution and angled social welfare and health policies towards women. He made … Continue reading “Hugo Chavez, a ladies man, but not only in the way you think”

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Don’t bank on it: Chavez’s Banco del Sur; a BRICS bank

by Rashmee

Posted on April 9, 2013


The words ‘Bank of the South’ come to mind as one reads Foreign Policy on the great emerging markets’ grand plan for a BRICS bank. As FP reports, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) expressed the desire to start their own development bank as an alternative to the World Bank, but there are … Continue reading “Don’t bank on it: Chavez’s Banco del Sur; a BRICS bank”

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General Kelly’s South American nightmare

by Rashmee

Posted on March 20, 2013


To many, the new commander of U.S. forces for Latin and South America sounds like he’s either been reading – or misreading – General George Washington. On Thursday, as Foreign Policy reports, General John Kelly was at the Pentagon, warning countries in the region not to trust the ongoing Iranian diplomatic and cultural offensive in … Continue reading “General Kelly’s South American nightmare”

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Bye bye handshake diplomacy, hello namaste

by Rashmee

Posted on February 14, 2013


In the world of diplomacy, a handshake and a high-five can mean too much and be quite the wrong thing. Especially if they’re photographed and go viral on the internet.I owe it to my friend and former colleague on the London beat, Nazenin Ansari for posting and highlighting this account about the trouble caused when  Iran’s ambassador … Continue reading “Bye bye handshake diplomacy, hello namaste”

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Chavez successor Venezuela’s Uriah Heep?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 13, 2012


So the Venezuelan vice-president Nicolas Maduro is pleading with President Chavez to return to Caracas because “we’re waiting for you here…your children, we who’ve sworn to be loyal to you even beyond this life.” Quite apart from the 58-year-old Chavez being rather too young to be the ‘father’ of his people, Mr Maduro ‘s remarks are … Continue reading “Chavez successor Venezuela’s Uriah Heep?”

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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