The Obama administration’s last-minute stand with the Palestinians

by Rashmee

Posted on January 8, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Much scorn is being poured on the Obama adminis­tration’s belated scramble to defend Palestin­ian rights and its principled indictment of Israeli settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. What was the point, the scornful ask, of US Secretary of State John Kerry making a splendid speech more than 70 minutes long when he … Continue reading “The Obama administration’s last-minute stand with the Palestinians”

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Might Syria really become the 21st century’s Carthage, ruined cities of sighs?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 5, 2016


Carthage after the Romans. It’s a powerful and dispiriting image and it was evoked by US secretary of state John Kerry in reference to Syria and President Bashar Al Assad’s continuing campaign to batter his people into submission. Whatever anyone thinks of US policy on Syria, there is merit in paying attention to the recent … Continue reading “Might Syria really become the 21st century’s Carthage, ruined cities of sighs?”

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Egypt, a bloodied nation, a nation in tears. Can we now agree to call it a coup?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 14, 2013


You do not have to be a Muslim Brotherhood supporter, you do not have to believe in an orthodox interpretation of Islam, you do not even have to like Mohammed Morsi or agree with the actions of his deposed government, to be sickened by all that is happening in Egypt. In full view of a … Continue reading “Egypt, a bloodied nation, a nation in tears. Can we now agree to call it a coup?”

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John Kerry manages to pull silken security strings in Pakistan

by Rashmee

Posted on August 1, 2013


John Kerry’s first visit to Pakistan as secretary of state. Things are looking, if not good, at least better. The strategic dialogue on security issues is back on the agenda. The mood music sounds, if not soothing, more dulcet than in the recent past. Islamabad and Washington appear to be, if not friends again, at … Continue reading “John Kerry manages to pull silken security strings in Pakistan”

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Former Egypt president fridge is fine, says EU’s top diplomat

by Rashmee

Posted on July 30, 2013


This is high diplomacy for Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. She’s been looking into Mohammed Morsi’s fridge (or at least the fridge that supplies Egypt’s ousted president with his tuck) and she finds everything in order. The fridge light must have been on and presumably there was … Continue reading “Former Egypt president fridge is fine, says EU’s top diplomat”

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Obama bin Laden: Anti-Americanism more ‘popular’ than ever

by Rashmee

Posted on July 19, 2013


As John Kerry flags off new Middle East negotiations about negotiations, one has to wonder why he bothers (other than for form’s sake) considering the growing popularity of anti-Americanism. That’s an interesting idea – the popularity of a negative opinion. One might just as well have said backlash, except that it isn’t. It appears to be deeper, wider, … Continue reading “Obama bin Laden: Anti-Americanism more ‘popular’ than ever”

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John Kerry: Modest boastfulness vs boastful modesty?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 30, 2013


Was John Kerry being modestly boastful or boastfully modest while talking to young Ethiopians in Addis Ababa recently? Perhaps a bit of both when he disclaimed all thought of a “legacy” only to immediately claim PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, as his gift to the world. “…maybe our legacy will be what … Continue reading “John Kerry: Modest boastfulness vs boastful modesty?”

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Kerry’s right-to-be-stupid speech will be remembered

by Rashmee

Posted on February 26, 2013


John Kerry has celebrated Americans’ right to be stupid even as Foreign Policy celebrates his right to be marginal. Kerry probably didn’t mean it quite like that, but his American-right-to-be-stupid speech is likely to be quoted for years as a good example of a bad choice of words. America’s chief diplomat is the son of … Continue reading “Kerry’s right-to-be-stupid speech will be remembered”

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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