Hope and change in Bidenomics terms

by Rashmee

Posted on April 30, 2021


/ LANGUAGE On his 99th day in office, President Joe Biden used the language of hope and change because the “power of positive thinking”, as Norman Vincent Peale pointed out, is enormous. So is Mr Biden’s spending plan. At $4 trillion, split into two bills, it is simply enormous. The theme, clearly, was hope and … Continue reading “Hope and change in Bidenomics terms”

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Biden wants the US to be a values-driven leader but is the world buying it?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 16, 2021 / The National


This weekend marks US President Joe Biden’s first month in the Oval Office, which means it is still early days for any concrete foreign policy decisions to have been taken. Thus far, Mr Biden has limited himself to feel-good postures on complex global issues. On February 19, he will deliver a virtual address at the … Continue reading “Biden wants the US to be a values-driven leader but is the world buying it?”

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Joe Biden, convener of the free world?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 19, 2020


Even during the four years that Donald Trump inhabited the White House, the US president was occasionally referred to as the “leader of the free world”. It was a habit, a lazy one, still occasionally indulged in by the western media, even though Mr Trump was clearly and defiantly not leading the world, free or … Continue reading “Joe Biden, convener of the free world?”

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Shattered over #RBG but the most tragic fact of all may be her refusal to step aside years ago

by Rashmee

Posted on September 20, 2020


So US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left a last instruction, dictated to her granddaughter. It said, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” That’s a pious but improbable hope and #RBG, as the judge is called, must have known it as she went … Continue reading “Shattered over #RBG but the most tragic fact of all may be her refusal to step aside years ago”

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Donald Trump’s America is trying to gaslight the world – without much success

by Rashmee

Posted on August 17, 2020


On August 14, the Trump administration’s attempt to indefinitely extend a UN arms embargo on Iran failed in fairly pitiable fashion. The resolution secured only two votes on the 15-strong UN Security Council – the US and the Dominican Republic. China and Russia voted against. Eleven UNSC members abstained. The US was revealed as isolated, … Continue reading “Donald Trump’s America is trying to gaslight the world – without much success”

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Trump’s response to 1st Democratic debate speaks volumes

by Rashmee

Posted on June 27, 2019


The effrontery of Donald Trump’s response to the first debate among Democratic contenders for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination is partly what’s wrong with the system we’re in. Mr Trump, who was watching the debate aboard Air Force One on his way to the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, tweeted: “BORING”. Well, but naturally. The … Continue reading “Trump’s response to 1st Democratic debate speaks volumes”

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Pakistan’s Mr Bhutto goes to Trumpistan: What happens next?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 1, 2017


On Monday, January 30, the late Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s son Bilawal went to the Mecca of political hopes – Washington, D.C., capital of Trumpistan. Mr Bhutto was visiting the US Institute of Peace in his role as chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party, the country’s main opposition. He was welcomed by Heritage Foundation … Continue reading “Pakistan’s Mr Bhutto goes to Trumpistan: What happens next?”

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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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Obama said so in Laos, but do you feel it’s true? That the world is a better place?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 19, 2016


Are we happy in our time? Can we expect to be happy with the world in which we live in the 21st century? We’re so connected to stories from everyone, everywhere – often sans filter – that it’s possible to feel that the world is an ugly place. And that it’s getting a lot more … Continue reading “Obama said so in Laos, but do you feel it’s true? That the world is a better place?”

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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