Known Knowns: Hillary Clinton can’t properly say yay or nay on #Iran

by Rashmee

Posted on July 19, 2015


Hillary Clinton believes in #Iran deal – and also its bad behavior. Contradictory? No, it’s just politics. The day the Iran deal happened, Ms Clinton, front-runner to win the Democratic party’s nomination for the presidential election, appeared at the Capitol and said the following: that she supported the broad outlines of the agreement but Iran must … Continue reading “Known Knowns: Hillary Clinton can’t properly say yay or nay on #Iran”

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Iran talks: What journos do when a story endlessly doesn’t happen

by Rashmee

Posted on July 13, 2015


Today’s supposed to be the finally final day of the deal – yes, the one with endlessly broken deadlines as Iran and the P5+1 negotiated Iran’s nuclear programme. The delay left journalists in a dilemma and at a loose end. “Iran talks: How to cover a story that keeps not happening”, ran the headline in … Continue reading “Iran talks: What journos do when a story endlessly doesn’t happen”

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Iran will be biggest country to rejoin global economy since eastern Europe

by Rashmee

Posted on April 5, 2015


On his return to Tehran from Lausanne, Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif was hailed as a conquering hero. No surprises there. Most Iranians want another revolution – an economic one – 36 years after the Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic one. They want to be enfolded into the world economic community; the young want opportunity and crucially, … Continue reading “Iran will be biggest country to rejoin global economy since eastern Europe”

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Iran deal: Now two rival petro-states run by mirror-image theocracies?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 4, 2015


What does the deal with Iran really mean? Over at Quartz, Bobby Ghosh says “the world can now look forward to two petro-states run by religious extremists with international ambitions for their sectarian agendas—and unlimited resources with which to pursue them.” For, Iran can now seek parity with Saudi Arabia. He goes a bit further and argues “that Iran … Continue reading “Iran deal: Now two rival petro-states run by mirror-image theocracies?”

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Iran talks & the language of diplomacy: Rumi-speak from the State Department

by Rashmee

Posted on March 31, 2015


As the Iran negotiations continued and media outlets started to run out of things to say while they waited for a conclusion of some sort, there was renewed interest in the American who speaks the real language of diplomacy to the Iranians. For years, Alan Eyre, the State Department’s Persian language spokesman, has been explaining American … Continue reading “Iran talks & the language of diplomacy: Rumi-speak from the State Department”

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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