Trump’s threat to ruin Iraq financially has a historical parallel

by Rashmee

Posted on January 19, 2020 / The Arab Weekly


It is outrageous to expect Iraq, which has suffered the loss of hundreds of thousands …

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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 …

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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 …

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In Syria, history is repeating itself

by Rashmee

Posted on October 27, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


What will be deemed normal in the Turkish-annexed part of Syria is likely to be …

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America in the Middle East in 2019

by Rashmee

Posted on January 4, 2019


There is every chance America’s half-in half-out posture in the Middle East will create massive …

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Iraq wants the Americans out. Yet again.

by Rashmee

Posted on December 28, 2018


Here we go again. The Iraqis want Americans troops out. Yet again. Remember 2011? The …

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Barbie wannabes and Iraqi women activists at risk

by Rashmee

Posted on October 7, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Shimaa Qassem, a former Miss Iraq, started to receive death threats days after the drive-by …

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Funeral watch in the Middle East?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 14, 2018


Bloomberg carried a doleful piece last week. It was about the “funeral watch” – in …

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It is the Iraq invasion that will define Kofi Annan

by Rashmee

Posted on September 2, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


The death of Kofi Annan, UN secretary-general during one of the organisation’s most tempestuous and …

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Tis well to remember: The long shadow cast by France on Syria

by Rashmee

Posted on July 6, 2018


To many people, Syria spells no more than a long-running civil war, a dangerously internationalising …

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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