Message of Syria withdrawal: You can trust America to let you down

by Rashmee

Posted on December 21, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Those who now express outrage, shock and complete surprise at Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from Syria evidently missed the BBC’s “Hard Talk programme of December 16. Three days before Trump’s tweeted announcement on Syria, the BBC television and radio programme featured Gulnur Aybet, senior foreign policy adviser to Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip … Continue reading “Message of Syria withdrawal: You can trust America to let you down”

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The Russians aren’t coming. They’re already here, there, everywhere in the Middle East

by Rashmee

Posted on November 18, 2017


Nikolas Gvosdev says we should’ve known this was coming. Mr Gvosdev, who holds the Captain Jerome E. Levy chair of economic geography and national security at the US Naval War College, recently recalled the grim warning by two of his colleagues about Russia’s emergence as a player in the Middle East. They said that US … Continue reading “The Russians aren’t coming. They’re already here, there, everywhere in the Middle East”

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Secession isn’t necessarily bad but Catalonia might find it’s not good either

by Rashmee

Posted on September 30, 2017


How bad is secession? Is a region a “bad hombre” (in President Trump’s colourful idiom) if it secedes from the mother country? That depends. In the past 25 years, nine new countries have been born. The circumstances of their birth were often bloody. Generally, they were contested. And, their creation as separate states has remained … Continue reading “Secession isn’t necessarily bad but Catalonia might find it’s not good either”

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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