UNGA 2019: there’s always a story behind a no-show

by Rashmee

Posted on September 18, 2019 / The National


Who attends the United Nations General Assembly every year – and more crucially, who doesn’t – makes for a handy snapshot of the political state of the world. The no-shows are generally significant because they indicate the seriousness of ongoing, homegrown crises in disparate parts of the world. A leader dealing with regional, national or … Continue reading “UNGA 2019: there’s always a story behind a no-show”

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A Tibetan solution to the Palestinian problem?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 16, 2019


  No one talks much about Tibet anymore. I mean about Tibet, as a sovereign state, or even, as the Dalai Lama once proposed, an autonomous region. China doesn’t like such talk and China is too powerful to cross. And no one talks much about Palestine anymore. I mean about Palestine as a sovereign state. … Continue reading “A Tibetan solution to the Palestinian problem?”

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A tale of two elections: Israel, 2019; US, 2020 – Part I

by Rashmee

Posted on April 5, 2019


Israel’s election campaign came to Washington on Monday, March 25 and how. Both frontrunners for the April 9 poll – incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and challenger Benny Gantz – made high-profile appearances in the American capital. Mr Netanyahu met his buddy and benefactor Donald Trump at the White House. Mr Gantz showed up at … Continue reading “A tale of two elections: Israel, 2019; US, 2020 – Part I”

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A tale of two elections: Israel 2019, US 2020

by Rashmee

Posted on March 31, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Israel’s election campaign went to Washington on March 25, big time. Both front runners for the April 9 poll — incumbent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his challenger Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party — made high-profile appearances in the American capital. Netanyahu met with his buddy and political benefactor US President Donald Trump at the White … Continue reading “A tale of two elections: Israel 2019, US 2020”

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Made for each other: sheer ambition underlines Modi’s bromance with Netanyahu

by Rashmee

Posted on February 15, 2019 / The National


Both face the electorate’s verdict in the coming weeks and need to appear powerful on the world stage Had all gone to plan, Benjamin Netanyahu and Narendra Modi might have met in India this week and furthered a bizarre narrative. It is one that tells of a so-called bromance that mirrors the increasingly urgent relationship between … Continue reading “Made for each other: sheer ambition underlines Modi’s bromance with Netanyahu”

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Blowback from actions for and by Israel is being felt in Africa

by Rashmee

Posted on January 28, 2019


The blowback from actions of and for Israel is tragically to be seen in parts of Africa. On January 20, Chadian nationals serving as UN peacekeepers in Mali were killed by Al Qaeda. A branch of Al Qaeda claimed the attack and said it was in response to Chad’s resumption of diplomatic relations with Israel. And … Continue reading “Blowback from actions for and by Israel is being felt in Africa”

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Best Friends Forever? How Israel is trying to cut the Palestinians out of friends

by Rashmee

Posted on November 9, 2018


Most Israelis rather fancy they’re European really, and that it’s just extreme bad luck their biblical home happens to be in the Middle East. But now they seem to want to try on the role of positive ‘influencers’ – to use a hip term – in the region. Israel has been inching closer to Arab … Continue reading “Best Friends Forever? How Israel is trying to cut the Palestinians out of friends”

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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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‘No, you can’t’, President Obama, you can’t magic up Israeli-Palestinian peace. But you tried

by Rashmee

Posted on December 30, 2016


Are you thinking that President Obama is up to a lot of pointless posturing? That the outgoing US administration’s principled display on behalf of the Palestinians is all to the good, but really, too late in the day to be meaningful? That US secretary of state’s John Kerry outline of a US framework for a Palestinian-Israeli … Continue reading “‘No, you can’t’, President Obama, you can’t magic up Israeli-Palestinian peace. But you tried”

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What should we make of Netanyahu’s judgement? Or lack of?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 27, 2015


Less than a week before Binyamin Netanyahu’s controversial  speech to the US Congress,  what should we make of the Israeli prime minister’s judgement? More to the point, what is Israel making of his judgement? Of his decision to visit DC next week at the invitation of the Republican speaker John Boehner and really sock it … Continue reading “What should we make of Netanyahu’s judgement? Or lack of?”

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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