You heard right. Some Lebanese want France to revive its colonial oversight

by Rashmee

Posted on August 8, 2020


Imagine Indians imploring Boris Johnson to take back control of the old Raj. Or Brazilians demanding that Portugal’s prime minister António Costa oversee their affairs once again. Or Libyans turning to Italy’s Giuseppe Conte to bring back the old days. Tis true the Lebanese are shocked and grieving after the August 4 Beirut explosion, but … Continue reading “You heard right. Some Lebanese want France to revive its colonial oversight”

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Rather than resilience, the Lebanese may now try cold rage to force change

by Rashmee

Posted on August 6, 2020


The wretchedness of their plight and their growing anger raises a question: are the Lebanese really as stoic as is always claimed? Is there a point at which the famous resilience snaps? Is this, the massive blast that shook Beirut, the moment their resilience snaps? Or has it already happened? On August 3, the day … Continue reading “Rather than resilience, the Lebanese may now try cold rage to force change”

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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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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 multi-sided skirmish and the tiresome but troubling threat of ever more refugees. But British Arabist Diana Darke’s book, ‘The Merchant of Syria: A History of Survival’, is worth reading if only to re-focus on a few key points about Syria. … Continue reading “Tis well to remember: The long shadow cast by France on Syria”

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Time for refugees to return now that the Syrian war is winding down?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 7, 2018


On May 3, 2018 Bashar Al Assad’s government regained control of a key highway, the M5 linking Aleppo to the capital Damascus through Homs. It was the first time in years that the regime was in charge of that highway. It signified a great deal about the changed course of the war. After seven years, … Continue reading “Time for refugees to return now that the Syrian war is winding 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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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK