Trumpian diplomacy? Just short of demanding ‘Iranians convert to Christianity’

by Rashmee

Posted on May 24, 2018


One has to wonder about Trump’s America’s notion of diplomacy when it dispatches its top diplomat to the lectern to demand surrender by a sovereign country (and in a most unimpressive way too). For, any comparison of Trumpian so-called diplomacy must start with the way Donald Trump’s two secretaries of state sounded. Hence, we must … Continue reading “Trumpian diplomacy? Just short of demanding ‘Iranians convert to Christianity’”

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Rex Tillerson has been all but digitally scrubbed from US State Department

by Rashmee

Posted on April 4, 2018


Take a look at the US State Department’s website and you wouldn’t know that a certain Rex Tillerson used to be America’s chief diplomat. Until March 31, 2018 actually. Mr Tillerson was head of Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, until he agreed to Donald Trump’s request he become … Continue reading “Rex Tillerson has been all but digitally scrubbed from US State Department”

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Should we care that the US changes its top diplomat?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 18, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Does it matter that Trump’s America will get a new secretary of state? Not as much as one might think. Tittle-tattle about Rex Tillerson’s enforced ignominious departure and his inept handling of State Department organisational matters is just more of the news-spume discharged almost daily by Donald Trump’s White House. Substantively though, it is a … Continue reading “Should we care that the US changes its top diplomat?”

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Not a good idea for Trump administration to disrespect Africa’s big chief, but it did

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2017


No one likes getting stood up, but especially high dignitaries from South Asia or Africa or even minor dignitaries who fancy themselves as more important than they really are. In South Asia, honour and respect are big considerations in doing business with people. People like to be addressed as “doctor”, even if they have only … Continue reading “Not a good idea for Trump administration to disrespect Africa’s big chief, but it did”

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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