Is the world going to notice the Chinese army a lot more in the future?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 21, 2019


Is the world going to notice the Chinese army a lot more? Yes, according to two experts at Chatham House, the independent policy institute in London. China, they say, is contributing more than ever before to UN peacekeeping. I was staggered to learn that China is the largest contributor of peacekeeping forces among the five … Continue reading “Is the world going to notice the Chinese army a lot more in the future?”

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Japan rises on the world stage as a force – for good

by Rashmee

Posted on April 19, 2019


Today, April 19, Japan sends two senior members of its Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to Egypt. That is significant, almost a rites-of-passage experience for Japan. Unlike most other countries, Japan doesn’t strictly have an army, just the SDF. The April 19 deployment is the first time SDF personnel will have been despatched on a mission not … Continue reading “Japan rises on the world stage as a force – for good”

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UN winds up its Haiti mission with a pitiful epitaph: It brought cholera to the island

by Rashmee

Posted on October 9, 2017


  On Friday (Oct 6) the UN wound up MINUSTAH, its 13-year-old peacekeeping mission in Haiti, having changed it forever but necessarily in the way intended. The last 100 UN troops leave soon and the mission officially ends on October 15. So, what did it accomplish? The unkindest but truest epitaph for MINUSTAH is that … Continue reading “UN winds up its Haiti mission with a pitiful epitaph: It brought cholera to the island”

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Nepal & Haiti were once part of different community of sorrow: cholera

by Rashmee

Posted on April 28, 2015


Till Saturday’s earthquake, the only time the words “Haiti” and “Nepal” appeared in one sentence, was in reference to the cholera epidemic unwittingly started by Nepalese United Nations peacekeepers stationed in Haiti. It seemed an excessively cruel twist to a pathetic story – dirt-poor Haiti, leveled by a devastating earthquake in January 2010, infected by … Continue reading “Nepal & Haiti were once part of different community of sorrow: cholera”

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UN peacekeeping: Poor men’s wars fought by the very poorest people?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 12, 2013


It’s best to read Transparency International UK’s new report alleging corruption in UN peacekeeping, alongside this list:   Bangladesh: 8,781 Pakistan: 8,216 India: 7,840 Ethiopia: 6,498 Nigeria: 5,463 Rwanda: 4,686 Nepal: 4,462 Jordan: 3,507 Egypt: 3,095 Ghana: 2,809 This is the ranking of countries by total number of military and police contributions to United Nations operations. The UN prepared the list on … Continue reading “UN peacekeeping: Poor men’s wars fought by the very poorest people?”

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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