Courage is fire, bullying is smoke. Disraeli is apt for Trump’s behaviour at UN

by Rashmee

Posted on December 23, 2017


  You know what they say about bullying. Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke. From Washington, D.C., Donald Trump blustered and bullied. From New York, Mr Trump’s envoy to the United Nations, blustered and bullied. Nikki Haley’s various statements would not have been out of place issuing from the mouth of a mafia boss. … Continue reading “Courage is fire, bullying is smoke. Disraeli is apt for Trump’s behaviour at UN”

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As with the Mafia, starving jihadi groups of money is not at all easy

by Rashmee

Posted on December 16, 2014


Speaking of the Mafia’s skillful financial management, as detailed by The Economist seven years ago, the BBC’s new study on jihadist groups muses on the crucial nature of funding. This has always been known, as it quotes Cicero’s wise observation that “the sinews of war [are] a limitless supply of money.” The BBC writes that … Continue reading “As with the Mafia, starving jihadi groups of money is not at all easy”

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Jihadist groups are the new Mafia in their use of the wages of crime

by Rashmee

Posted on December 15, 2014


The BBC is running a big study on jihad – its toll, its cost and funding sources. (Click here to read the feature.) On Friday, December 12, the BBC came up with this line: “Islamic State is ‘probably the best-funded terrorist organisation’ the US has ever confronted”. It went on to say that jihadist groups … Continue reading “Jihadist groups are the new Mafia in their use of the wages of crime”

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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