Iran and that Renaissance idea, ‘no means yes’

by Rashmee

Posted on May 9, 2021


/ TRAVELS IN MY MIND Iran is having a moment around the ‘no means yes’ idea that women can’t be taken at their word. This is an old notion and it is laid bare, believe it or not, in Renaissance art. We saw it vividly portrayed in two very different renderings of the story around … Continue reading “Iran and that Renaissance idea, ‘no means yes’”

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John Bolton and the ‘post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy’ about Iran

by Rashmee

Posted on August 22, 2020


Remember when Donald Trump said he had “the best words”? (Click here to watch Candidate Trump telling a crowd in South Carolina in December 2015: “I know words, I know the best words.”) Well, Mr Trump should have a chat with his former national security adviser John Bolton. That guy really does know words. In … Continue reading “John Bolton and the ‘post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy’ about Iran”

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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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War is good for… American business

by Rashmee

Posted on January 9, 2020


  If you’ve ever wondered why the US continues to talk the language of war while claiming to want peace, here may be one answer. Axios’ Felix Salmon has a quick take on the bonus effect that decades of war have had on the US economy. He starts by urging us to look beyond the … Continue reading “War is good for… American business”

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After the assassination…America and the ‘Dr Evil’ syndrome

by Rashmee

Posted on January 8, 2020


I’m with Gideon Rachman, the Financial Times’ chief foreign affairs columnist. He recently suggested that the US should cease to indulge in the “persistent fallacy “ of the “Dr Evil syndrome”. Basically, it runs to a very simple (and unrealistic) idea. This is the notion, that in real life, just as in a Hollywood film, … Continue reading “After the assassination…America and the ‘Dr Evil’ syndrome”

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Was the drone strike on Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani an assassination?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 7, 2020


The Trump administration has long had a problem with words that inconveniently mean something quite different from what it wants. Generally, it takes a bullish approach to this and just dubs everything that it doesn’t like “fake news”. But there seems to be no way for it to characterise as “fake news” the wording being … Continue reading “Was the drone strike on Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani an assassination?”

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Iran’s Qasem Soleimani matters in death as much as in life

by Rashmee

Posted on January 3, 2020 / Quartz


The US Department of Defense announced today that an American airstrike in Baghdad killed Qasem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force. This triggered a spike in oil and gold prices, and set World War III trending on Twitter. Who was Soleimani? And why does he matter? There are competing perspectives, with sharply differing points of view. The US … Continue reading “Iran’s Qasem Soleimani matters in death as much as in life”

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India’s internet gag in Kashmir has completed 105 days

by Rashmee

Posted on November 18, 2019


India’s internet gag completed 105 days on Sunday, November 17. The Wire’s Mudasir Ahmed reported the milestone – if 105 days can be called a milestone, being neither a nice round number, nor particularly memorable. But the report came in the context of a different sort of milestone – Kashmir’s local government departments were restive. … Continue reading “India’s internet gag in Kashmir has completed 105 days”

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Should data analysis help determine foreign policy decisions?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 5, 2019 / The National


In 1998, Madeline Albright, then president Bill Clinton’s secretary of state, described the United States as “the indispensable nation”. In 2019, Russia is said to be becoming an indispensable nation, particularly in the Middle East. And last week, a new Atlantic Council report titled Global Risks 2035 defined a “new bipolarity” — the result, it said, of … Continue reading “Should data analysis help determine foreign policy decisions?”

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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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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK