A presidential son-in-law steps down

by Rashmee

Posted on November 10, 2020


When Berat Albayrak resigned as Turkey’s finance minister it wasn’t immediately clear if his father-in-law, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, would really let him to go. He did, late on Nov. 9. The Turkish lira promptly rallied on investor expectations that the new Central Bank governor (supported by the new finance minister) would raise interest rates … Continue reading “A presidential son-in-law steps down”

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How to read the ‘Arab street’ as America pushes rapprochement with Israel

by Rashmee

Posted on August 28, 2020


This week, Donald Trump’s official and unofficial secretaries of state – Mike Pompeo and Jared Kushner – fanned out across the Middle East and North Africa to push Arab-Israeli rapprochement in the aftermath of the August 13 Israel-UAE deal. The US-sponsored deal between Israel and the UAE was only the third such accord Israel has struck with … Continue reading “How to read the ‘Arab street’ as America pushes rapprochement with Israel”

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It’s not the pandemic but Donald Trump that could kill off the two-state solution

by Rashmee

Posted on May 2, 2020


It’s not the pandemic but Donald Trump that could kill off the two-state solution, once and for all. Practically unnoticed by Washington’s worthies and elsewhere in the world, Israeli politicians recently offered bipartisan approval to America’s authority in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is both bad and good. In some ways, it imperils the two-state solution. … Continue reading “It’s not the pandemic but Donald Trump that could kill off the two-state solution”

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Kim Jong Un, the millennial

by Rashmee

Posted on September 6, 2019


Whether or not #Kim Jong Un likes #avo toast, his propensities are not particularly millennial. The thought came to me as I read The Cut’s beautifully illustrated (avocado toast background with five faces) piece on “the five millennials (actually) changing the world.” The five are a surprisingly un-woke bunch. They are: Kim Jong Un (b. … Continue reading “Kim Jong Un, the millennial”

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Jared Kushner is so last century (as in 19th)

by Rashmee

Posted on June 6, 2019


In an earlier age, here’s what you might have expected British imperialists and Belgian Africa hands to say about India, Congo, large swathes of the planet where the “natives” are dark-skinned and the weather a bit hot: “The hope is that they, over time, will become capable of governing”. Fast forward to 2019 and here’s … Continue reading “Jared Kushner is so last century (as in 19th)”

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‘Trump Baby’ flies over London

by Rashmee

Posted on June 3, 2019


If it’s summer in Britain, it must bring Donald Trump. That’s how it’s starting to feel. Last July, Mr Trump insisted on making a working visit to the UK. He worked on that visit, managing to do three painful things to the host country: he rebuked the head of government, prime minister Theresa May; seemingly … Continue reading “‘Trump Baby’ flies over London”

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The Ramadan connection and the Trump-Kushner Middle East ‘peace’ plan

by Rashmee

Posted on May 7, 2019


It seems odd to even mention the word “peace” at this point of time, when Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip have been engaging in some of the most intense attacks in recent years. But we recently got a date of sorts for the Trump-Kushner Middle East “peace” plan. We don’t have a date … Continue reading “The Ramadan connection and the Trump-Kushner Middle East ‘peace’ plan”

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We are yet to see the Trump– Kushner Middle East peace plan & it may not be a peace plan at all

by Rashmee

Posted on April 1, 2019


On March 27, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared before a congressional committee and responded with jocular if unfortunate frankness to the following question:  When is the United States going to unveil the Israel-Palestinian peace plan being crafted by the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner? Mr Pompeo replied: “I think we can say in less than … Continue reading “We are yet to see the Trump– Kushner Middle East peace plan & it may not be a peace plan at all”

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What the Trump-Kushner peace plan might actually mean

by Rashmee

Posted on March 10, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


There is still no date for the Trump administration’s long-trailed Palestinian-Israeli peace plan but we know it won’t be until after Israel’s April 9 elections. That’s what Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, recently said. As we inch closer to its unveiling, what might the plan actually mean? First, an American … Continue reading “What the Trump-Kushner peace plan might actually mean”

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Kanye West has lunch. Taylor Swift has a fit. A report from Washington

by Rashmee

Posted on October 12, 2018


So here’s what happened in the nation’s capital on Thursday, October 11. Kanye West had lunch with President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Ahead of the feast of love, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the agenda would “include manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence and what … Continue reading “Kanye West has lunch. Taylor Swift has a fit. A report from Washington”

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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