From un-diplomat to un-intelligence chief

by Rashmee

Posted on February 21, 2020


Fox News commentator and Trump groupie Richard Grenell arrived in Berlin as US envoy, “tweets blazing” in the memorable phrase of a Politico profile. In the years since, he never let the Germans forget that he was Donald Trump’s envoy and represented America First-ism. He pressed the case for Germany to turn right (and change … Continue reading “From un-diplomat to un-intelligence chief”

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Trump’s executive orders are the damnatio memoriae of our times

by Rashmee

Posted on August 24, 2018


Whatever happens – or doesn’t – with respect to Donald Trump’s real and alleged misdeeds, his obsessive attempt to roll back, even to obliterate Barack Obama’s legacy (think #EPA, clean power, healthcare etc) bears consideration. It may be small-minded but it is hardly unknown – from the earliest times. In the days of the Roman … Continue reading “Trump’s executive orders are the damnatio memoriae of our times”

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Might Syria really become the 21st century’s Carthage, ruined cities of sighs?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 5, 2016


Carthage after the Romans. It’s a powerful and dispiriting image and it was evoked by US secretary of state John Kerry in reference to Syria and President Bashar Al Assad’s continuing campaign to batter his people into submission. Whatever anyone thinks of US policy on Syria, there is merit in paying attention to the recent … Continue reading “Might Syria really become the 21st century’s Carthage, ruined cities of sighs?”

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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