Qatar’s 2017 airlift of cows in the context of the coronavirus-induced backlash against globalisation

by Rashmee

Posted on May 26, 2020


When analysts write about a coronavirus-induced backlash against globalisation and its sprawling supply chains, I think of Qatar’s 2017 airlift of cows. It was a remarkable operation, often described as the largest airlift of cattle in history. And it sounded farfetched, this attempt to create a Wisconsin in the Arabian desert. But in July 2017, … Continue reading “Qatar’s 2017 airlift of cows in the context of the coronavirus-induced backlash against globalisation”

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Opexit? Qat-exit? Qatar’s decision to leave OPEC is symbolically important

by Rashmee

Posted on December 5, 2018


Call it Opexit, Qat-exit or what you will, but Qatar’s departure from OPEC illustrates the oil cartel’s growing divisions. In fact, as Bloomberg Opinion’s Liam Denning has said, OPEC is now in the invidious position of needing Russia’s cooperation to maintain its sway. This is because the organisation has “inherent weaknesses” and is ill-suited to dealing with … Continue reading “Opexit? Qat-exit? Qatar’s decision to leave OPEC is symbolically important”

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Arabs show they’re not defined by the Palestinian issue. Now, the world must prosecute their case

by Rashmee

Posted on December 8, 2017


  Nearly two years ago, I wrote a blog recording my scepticism about an overseas Iraqi man’s insistence that Arabs and Muslims were sick of being defined by the Palestinian issue. That was in April 2016. At the time, I admit I didn’t buy my interlocutor’s argument that Arabs have moved on from the Palestinian issue, that … Continue reading “Arabs show they’re not defined by the Palestinian issue. Now, the world must prosecute their case”

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The risks of Saudi war on too many fronts

by Rashmee

Posted on November 12, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Until the sudden purge in Saudi Arabia, there was little doubt that the kingdom’s young crown prince had the world’s admir­ing attention for his prospectus for change. He promised women a share of the public place and the chance to legally get behind the wheel of a car (almost 130 years after Bertha Benz, wife … Continue reading “The risks of Saudi war on too many fronts”

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How #Qatar crisis is linked to Singapore & other small countries US said it would protect

by Rashmee

Posted on June 16, 2017


Whatever your political sympathies about Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states, consider this economist’s view of the Qatar crisis. On Bloomberg View, Tyler Cowen, economics professor at George Mason University, goes to the heart of the problem created by the crisis. He looks at it through the lens of economics. The crisis, credit for … Continue reading “How #Qatar crisis is linked to Singapore & other small countries US said it would protect”

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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