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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Donald Trump Vs the whole, wide world

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2019


US President Donald Trump is waging war of one sort or the other against: China, Iran, Venezuela and Europe. And he’s looking for cooperation from an unlikely quarter – Russia. Mr Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, recently travelled there in search of “common ground.” That sounds hopeful until one considers the reality: Washington and … Continue reading “Donald Trump Vs the whole, wide world”

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What’s a tough guy like Donald Trump to do?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 13, 2019


North Korea, Iran and Venezuela are misbehaving – truly and terribly. Kim Jong Un, Hassan Rouhani and Nicolas Maduro aren’t sticking to the script one might have expected. Mr Kim should have been more grateful for President Donald Trump’s love and friendship. Messers Rouhani and Maduro should have been more fearful of President Trump’s ire. … Continue reading “What’s a tough guy like Donald Trump to do?”

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Consider how much China matters in the world today

by Rashmee

Posted on March 15, 2019


If in doubt about how much China matters in world affairs today, just consider two news developments from Wednesday, March 13. On that day, China blocked a request submitted to the United Nations by America, Britain and France that would have designated Masood Azhar, the leader of a militant organisation based in Pakistan, as a terrorist. And China offered … Continue reading “Consider how much China matters in the world today”

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At one stroke Trump made a Libya of Venezuela

by Rashmee

Posted on February 4, 2019


The first thing to say about Donald Trump’s recognition of Venezuela’s opposition leader as president is this: America is not alone in this move. Canada and all of South America (except Mexico) are on the same page. As of January 28, European countries were also insisting Nicolas Maduro hold fresh elections. This, Mr Maduro seems … Continue reading “At one stroke Trump made a Libya of Venezuela”

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Turning Venezuela into a Libya-on-the Caribbean

by Rashmee

Posted on February 3, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


At one stroke Donald Trump’s America has made a Libya out of Venezuela. It is no justification that the South American country was already part of the way to becoming a Caribbean Tripoli. Whatever happens, the United States has introduced a new element of chaos into the tumult that has been the state of Venezuela … Continue reading “Turning Venezuela into a Libya-on-the Caribbean”

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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