Donald Trump’s America is trying to gaslight the world – without much success

by Rashmee

Posted on August 17, 2020


On August 14, the Trump administration’s attempt to indefinitely extend a UN arms embargo on Iran failed in fairly pitiable fashion. The resolution secured only two votes on the 15-strong UN Security Council – the US and the Dominican Republic. China and Russia voted against. Eleven UNSC members abstained. The US was revealed as isolated, … Continue reading “Donald Trump’s America is trying to gaslight the world – without much success”

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Once upon a time, Trump felt the pain of teetering on the horns of a dilemma over Iran

by Rashmee

Posted on September 30, 2019


Before a formal impeachment inquiry began, Donald Trump’s bullying persona was struggling with his inner peacenik, or at least the non-interventionist who lives within his substantial frame. After unilaterally withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, and imposing as many sanctions as possible on Iran, Donald Trump was trying to play the statesman. That’s a controversial … Continue reading “Once upon a time, Trump felt the pain of teetering on the horns of a dilemma over Iran”

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For now, Trump-Iran talks are about talking

by Rashmee

Posted on September 1, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Chances are the Iranians won’t be as wily — and as smart — as North Korea, which has strung Trump along through three meetings and lots of “beautiful” letters from Kim but no change of behaviour. In September 2017, US President Donald Trump was vowing the “total destruction” of North Korea. Eight months later, he … Continue reading “For now, Trump-Iran talks are about talking”

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What would the US do with Iran, come January 2021? It depends on who’s in the White House

by Rashmee

Posted on August 9, 2019


One of the more interesting questions thrown up by Round two of the Democratic presidential debates is what the US would do with Iran. That’s if, for argument’s sake, President Trump lost his re-election bid and a Democrat won the White House. And that’s if the Trump administration hadn’t already engaged in a military operation … Continue reading “What would the US do with Iran, come January 2021? It depends on who’s in the White House”

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Trumpian diplomacy? Just short of demanding ‘Iranians convert to Christianity’

by Rashmee

Posted on May 24, 2018


One has to wonder about Trump’s America’s notion of diplomacy when it dispatches its top diplomat to the lectern to demand surrender by a sovereign country (and in a most unimpressive way too). For, any comparison of Trumpian so-called diplomacy must start with the way Donald Trump’s two secretaries of state sounded. Hence, we must … Continue reading “Trumpian diplomacy? Just short of demanding ‘Iranians convert to Christianity’”

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Could capricious American unilateralism leave the US out in the cold?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2018 / The National


Those who wait with baited breath for a stinging European response to America’s withdrawal from the multi-lateral Iran nuclear deal should prepare to be marginally disappointed. The response may come but it will be subtle. Europe is not likely to launch high-velocity verbal volleys. But that does not mean it will meekly submit to capricious … Continue reading “Could capricious American unilateralism leave the US out in the cold?”

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Are we forgetting North Korea? Here’s a senior Singapore diplomat’s take

by Rashmee

Posted on October 21, 2017


It’s not gone away. Nothing has changed with the Hermit Kingdom, where by the way, it is “Juche Year 106”. (North Korea counts time from the birth of their original Great Leader, Kim Il-­sung.) Anyway, even though US President Trump has not tweeted of late about “little Rocket Man”, as he insultingly calls Kim Jong … Continue reading “Are we forgetting North Korea? Here’s a senior Singapore diplomat’s take”

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Typical Trump cop-out or good news? Don’t certify Iranian compliance & let Congress deal with it

by Rashmee

Posted on September 14, 2017


Today (September 14), push comes to shove. It’s the deadline for the Trump administration to decide whether it will continue to waive Iranian sanctions under the deal. The sanctions were passed by the US Congress and go into effect unless they’re waived every few months — which President Trump has previously done. We’ll have to see … Continue reading “Typical Trump cop-out or good news? Don’t certify Iranian compliance & let Congress deal with it”

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How weak is this Iran that Trump’s men aggressively put ‘on notice’?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 8, 2017


After the brief Obama-era détente between Washington and Tehran, US-Iranian relations appear destined to return to the old trajectory. That would mean a shadow war of sorts in Iraq, soaring sectarian tensions across the Middle East and a hot conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. So what’s new? Lots. Those who want peace worry … Continue reading “How weak is this Iran that Trump’s men aggressively put ‘on notice’?”

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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