As Paris pact turns five, climate change is the new cold war

by Rashmee

Posted on December 7, 2020


  This is the week the Paris Climate Agreement marks its fifth birthday. December 12 is the big day. In its young life, the Paris deal has had some hairy moments. Most importantly, Donald Trump pulled out America, the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases. There were fears that other countries would follow but … Continue reading “As Paris pact turns five, climate change is the new cold war”

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What linked America’s un-presidential non-debate with a vegetable market in a poor country?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 6, 2020


As the US vice-presidential debate – the debate of the deputies – rolls around on October 7, two key takeaways are worth noting from the so-called first presidential debate on September 29. That the slugfest was neither presidential, nor a debate goes without saying. But the reporting and analysis of the world’s dismayed reaction to … Continue reading “What linked America’s un-presidential non-debate with a vegetable market in a poor country?”

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75 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a novel about the crack that joins broken objects to their past

by Rashmee

Posted on August 3, 2020


  In August 1946, a year after an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, the New Yorker wrote a deeply reported piece on the recollections of six survivors. One of them was Kiyoshi Tanimoto, pastor of the Hiroshima Methodist Church. He saw “a tremendous flash of light cut across the … Continue reading “75 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a novel about the crack that joins broken objects to their past”

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Trump eviscerates G7 - and America’s leadership

by Rashmee

Posted on May 31, 2020 / The Focus


Donald Trump wants to turn the G7 group of advanced economies into the ‘G10 or 11’ vs G1. Which is to say the US president wants an expanded G7 — with Russia, India, Australia and South Korea added on — to unite against China. This is wishful thinking. If anything, Mr Trump’s decision to postpone the summit, invite into … Continue reading “Trump eviscerates G7 - and America’s leadership”

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Carlos Ghosn could be bad news for Lebanon

by Rashmee

Posted on January 12, 2020 / The Arab Weekly


The world is consumed by events in and about Iran and Iraq, as well as US President Donald Trump’s fitful pronouncements on foreign policy, but any leftover attention will surely centre on Carlos Ghosn and, by extension, Lebanon. Much of the attention for Ghosn and Lebanon won’t be flattering, especially after the extraordinary news conference … Continue reading “Carlos Ghosn could be bad news for Lebanon”

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Carlos Ghosn – the Lebanon connection

by Rashmee

Posted on December 31, 2019


When I heard about Carlos Ghosn’s flight to Lebanon from Japan, where he faces trial over allegations of financial misconduct, it brought back memories of Freakonomics Radio’s investigation of the worldwide Lebanese diaspora. That episode – from back in August 2013 – was titled “Who Are the Most Successful Immigrants in the World?” The Lebanese, … Continue reading “Carlos Ghosn – the Lebanon connection”

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‘Abe Shinzo’ wants to make Japan great again

by Rashmee

Posted on September 7, 2019


On Friday (Sep. 6), Japan’s education minister Masahiko Shibayama proposed to the cabinet that Japanese names be written in English in the same way they are in Japanese. Surname first; first name last. Pay attention. What it means goes beyond the simple fact that Japan will start putting family surnames first on official documents, thereby … Continue reading “‘Abe Shinzo’ wants to make Japan great again”

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If you doubted there’s no globocop any more, read this

by Rashmee

Posted on August 11, 2019


  No one’s paying any particular attention to what the US says or thinks about anything very much any more. That’s good, I suppose, because the US is not saying anything worth anyone’s attention. Donald Trump’s America has nothing morally important to contribute to the global conversation, say about Kashmir, Crimea, Hong Kong, North Korean … Continue reading “If you doubted there’s no globocop any more, read this”

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Tell me again, why is Donald Trump favouring Britain with his presence right now?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 1, 2019


Those who’re wondering why Donald Trump is favouring Britain with his presence should read Anne Applebaum’s assessment in the Washington Post. (Click here for the piece or just read on – this blog will give you a sense of what she says.) It might seem a mystery that the US president (any US president) would … Continue reading “Tell me again, why is Donald Trump favouring Britain with his presence right now?”

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Does the ‘greatness and genius of America’ still stand?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 30, 2019 / The National


Every year, pundits forecast China’s inexorable rise to superpower status and the end of the American century, a warning that has seemed ever more prescient since Donald Trump ‘s election as US president. How then to explain the mostly flattering findings of a study on American democracy conducted by the Eurasia Group Foundation, a non-profit … Continue reading “Does the ‘greatness and genius of America’ still stand?”

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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