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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Message from Mohammed bin Salman visit: It is Pakistan first

by Rashmee

Posted on February 23, 2019 / First Post


The Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to New Delhi was historic, but perhaps only for the frankness with which Mohammed bin Salman never even pretended he was on the same page as India with respect to Pakistan. MBS, as the Crown Prince is known, courteously stood by and listened as Prime Minister Narendra Modi made reference … Continue reading “Message from Mohammed bin Salman visit: It is Pakistan first”

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Noodle time: What the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to China really means

by Rashmee

Posted on February 22, 2019


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) continues to exchange pleasantries with his hosts in China – that festival of optimism ends today, Friday, February 22 – but what does it really mean? Three things, at the very least. ** MBS is demonstrating that he has options beyond the West, as Ayham Kamel, Middle East and North … Continue reading “Noodle time: What the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to China really means”

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Is there a sensible way forward on Saudi? Yes, but Trump may not go along

by Rashmee

Posted on October 20, 2018


One of the most sensible commentaries on the way forward with Saudi Arabia comes from Neil Quilliam (@NeilQuilliam1), who is senior research fellow on Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa Programme. Dr Quilliam makes a plea for realism. On the part of Saudi Arabia just as much as the West. Riyadh has to know … Continue reading “Is there a sensible way forward on Saudi? Yes, but Trump may not go along”

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The Khashoggi cover-up is in the works in full view of the world

by Rashmee

Posted on October 19, 2018


It won’t be too long now before we find out who exactly ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. It won’t be the Saudi Crown Prince, quelle surprise. As the New York Times reports, there will be a different scapegoat for the whole imbroglio. The evil force will be named as Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, a … Continue reading “The Khashoggi cover-up is in the works in full view of the world”

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The ‘I alone can fix it’ men who lead Saudi Arabia (and the United States)

by Rashmee

Posted on November 13, 2017


A pundit said on the radio the other day that Donald Trump sees himself in Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salam. What he meant was the ambition and the audacity. He might also have said an overweening self-confidence, one that allows placement at the heart of every story, as the sole, possibly the only … Continue reading “The ‘I alone can fix it’ men who lead Saudi Arabia (and the United States)”

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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