After the assassination…America and the ‘Dr Evil’ syndrome

by Rashmee

Posted on January 8, 2020


I’m with Gideon Rachman, the Financial Times’ chief foreign affairs columnist. He recently suggested that the US should cease to indulge in the “persistent fallacy “ of the “Dr Evil syndrome”. Basically, it runs to a very simple (and unrealistic) idea. This is the notion, that in real life, just as in a Hollywood film, … Continue reading “After the assassination…America and the ‘Dr Evil’ syndrome”

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Iran’s Qasem Soleimani matters in death as much as in life

by Rashmee

Posted on January 3, 2020 / Quartz


The US Department of Defense announced today that an American airstrike in Baghdad killed Qasem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force. This triggered a spike in oil and gold prices, and set World War III trending on Twitter. Who was Soleimani? And why does he matter? There are competing perspectives, with sharply differing points of view. The US … Continue reading “Iran’s Qasem Soleimani matters in death as much as in life”

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It really wasn’t Trump’s bin Laden moment

by Rashmee

Posted on November 1, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Dana Shell Smith, deputy assistant secretary of state for international media engagement at the time of bin Laden’s death, expressed concern about Trump’s celebratory tone. Donald Trump’s October 27 announcement that US forces had killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reprised Barack Obama’s May 2, 2011, statement that Osama bin Laden was dead but … Continue reading “It really wasn’t Trump’s bin Laden moment”

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Meet Mr & Mrs Saudi Normal. Was her firstborn, Osama bin Laden, an aberration?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 4, 2018


What’s fascinating about Osama bin Laden’s mother’s media debut is the timing. There she sits, face unveiled, photographic representations of her son all around the room, and tells a piteous and loving story. Osama, her firstborn, said Alia Ghanem, “was a very good child until he met some people who pretty much brainwashed him in … Continue reading “Meet Mr & Mrs Saudi Normal. Was her firstborn, Osama bin Laden, an aberration?”

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What sense does it make to advertise the Kim Jong Un kill squad made up of Bin Laden’s nemesis?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 7, 2017


“Navy Seals training Kim ‘assassination’ squad,” goes the screaming headline in The Times, London, going on to report that South Korean commandos will be working with the US Navy Seals who killed Osama Bin Laden. It will mark the creation of a “special unit to assassinate Kim Jong-un in the event of war,” says the … Continue reading “What sense does it make to advertise the Kim Jong Un kill squad made up of Bin Laden’s nemesis?”

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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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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK