Pakistan…Palestine: Sacred vs secular spaces in ummah politics

by Rashmee

Posted on August 29, 2020


  Does the “Arab street” still exist? I mean in the sense of the broad swath of Arab public opinion, passive, non-violent and emotionally attached to the idea of helping Palestinians achieve justice and self-determination. Does the politics of ummah still work? I mean in the sense of Muslim solidarity on certain core issues to … Continue reading “Pakistan…Palestine: Sacred vs secular spaces in ummah politics”

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If you doubted there’s no globocop any more, read this

by Rashmee

Posted on August 11, 2019


  No one’s paying any particular attention to what the US says or thinks about anything very much any more. That’s good, I suppose, because the US is not saying anything worth anyone’s attention. Donald Trump’s America has nothing morally important to contribute to the global conversation, say about Kashmir, Crimea, Hong Kong, North Korean … Continue reading “If you doubted there’s no globocop any more, read this”

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Why you need more than just a name in modern politics

by Rashmee

Posted on July 9, 2019 / The National


This month has already seen a spotlight shine on the rise — and fall — of political families around the world. From the resignation in India of the leader of the main opposition Congress Party, to the arrival of a new Greek prime minister with a family history of political activity, to US President Donald Trump’s robust defence of … Continue reading “Why you need more than just a name in modern politics”

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A new era of pragmatic foreign policy appears to be emerging in Modi’s India 2.0

by Rashmee

Posted on June 11, 2019 / The National


How will Narendra Modi’s India deal with the world now? Differently from his first term as prime minister, as far as confidence and competence are concerned. Mr Modi is newly empowered, having won an emphatic re-election last month. Bestriding India and his governing Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr Modi faced no political pushback in the swift … Continue reading “A new era of pragmatic foreign policy appears to be emerging in Modi’s India 2.0”

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Will Iranian oil shutdown hurt India?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 27, 2019 / First Post


What happens after May 1, when the US waiver for India and other major importers of Iranian oil runs out? No drama, or at least no discernible drama. Iran is one of India’s main oil suppliers but New Delhi is affecting insouciance in its first response to American threats against those who continue to do … Continue reading “Will Iranian oil shutdown hurt India?”

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Pakistan’s borrowing record with the IMF is pretty extraordinary

by Rashmee

Posted on March 28, 2019


Did you know Pakistan has secured 21 loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since it became a member? Me neither. I knew Pakistan had returned again and again to the IMF over the decades but 21 loans! That’s a lot in 69 years. (The IMF gives Pakistan’s effective date of membership as July 11, … Continue reading “Pakistan’s borrowing record with the IMF is pretty extraordinary”

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The whole world should worry about Trump’s decision on the Golan Heights

by Rashmee

Posted on March 27, 2019


Israel’s prime minister Benajmin Netanyahu has put Donald Trump’s March 25 proclamation on the Golan Heights in perspective. “Everyone says you can’t hold an occupied territory, but this proves you can. If occupied in a defensive war, then it’s ours.” There you go. It’s exactly what everyone has lamented. As Quartz recently said, Mr Trump’s unilateral decision to … Continue reading “The whole world should worry about Trump’s decision on the Golan Heights”

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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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Amid all the turmoil, peace could break out between India and Pakistan

by Rashmee

Posted on March 4, 2019 / The National


Recent weeks have been tumultuous, but from out of the clamour, sober voices with no appetite for war can be clearly heard Fighting between India and Pakistan hasn’t stopped entirely but the threat of nuclear war has receded for the moment. On Saturday, heavy shelling and a dozen deaths of civilians and soldiers were reported along … Continue reading “Amid all the turmoil, peace could break out between India and Pakistan”

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Noodle time: What the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to China really means

by Rashmee

Posted on February 22, 2019


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) continues to exchange pleasantries with his hosts in China – that festival of optimism ends today, Friday, February 22 – but what does it really mean? Three things, at the very least. ** MBS is demonstrating that he has options beyond the West, as Ayham Kamel, Middle East and North … Continue reading “Noodle time: What the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to China really means”

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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