America in the Middle East in 2019

by Rashmee

Posted on January 4, 2019


There is every chance America’s half-in half-out posture in the Middle East will create massive confusion this year. As of December 31, Donald Trump’s America was positioned as follows: ** It is scheduled to withdraw troops from Syria, but not any time quick. After a year-end lunch with President Trump at the White House, Republican … Continue reading “America in the Middle East in 2019”

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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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The Skripals have made international headlines. Their suffering not so much

by Rashmee

Posted on March 17, 2018


Just consider the effect of Novichok or the N-series nerve agent used in the attack on Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. “Nerve agents interfere with neurotransmitters, causing involuntary muscle contractions, impaired cardiac function and airway restriction, potentially culminating in death by asphyxiation,” writes Daniel M. Gerstein in Axios. Mr Gerstein, … Continue reading “The Skripals have made international headlines. Their suffering not so much”

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A year that dives once again into secret worlds – on screens big and small

by Rashmee

Posted on January 3, 2018


The new year is going to be big on a certain kind of cinema. The remembered kind, a reprisal of one of the 20th century’s chief preoccupations – the Cold War. This year, the geopolitical tensions of our times will play a starring role once again on the big screen, just like in the last … Continue reading “A year that dives once again into secret worlds – on screens big and small”

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There’s only one Trump and he happens to belong in a post-scandal world

by Rashmee

Posted on June 14, 2017


If one Donald Trump in the White House weren’t bad enough, there are actually three. According to Jeffrey Sachs, the first “Trump is the friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin… the second is a greedy businessman …and the third is a populist and demagogue.” And then just when you thought you’d figured out Professor Sachs’ … Continue reading “There’s only one Trump and he happens to belong in a post-scandal world”

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America First doesn’t mean Trump gets an alternate planet sans effects of #climate change

by Rashmee

Posted on June 3, 2017


The squabbling over who gains and loses from Trump #Paris climate deal exit is unedifying and unenlightening. Someone very clever argues that as the world presses on, the biggest loser in President Trump’s decision to exit the #Paris climate change agreement will be America. Another says that poor countries, which were relying on American money … Continue reading “America First doesn’t mean Trump gets an alternate planet sans effects of #climate change”

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Trump Jong Un: Does The Donald secretly rather like North Korea and its autocratic leader?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 15, 2017


Despite President Trump’s increasingly bellicose tweets about dealing with North Korea – with or without China – one has to ask if the US president actually rather likes the world’s last totalitarian state and its oddly-coiffured leader. Why, you might ask. How could a 70-year-old American man who has spent all his life in a … Continue reading “Trump Jong Un: Does The Donald secretly rather like North Korea and its autocratic leader?”

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For Syria, ‘victory’ and ‘peace’ will be relative terms in the short term

by Rashmee

Posted on March 25, 2017


What might victory in Syria look like? That’s one of the questions addressed by a new research paper from Chatham House. “Victory for any particular actor is likely to prove a relative term,” it says. President Bashar Al Assad’s regime has the military advantage but is not able to recapture and govern the whole of … Continue reading “For Syria, ‘victory’ and ‘peace’ will be relative terms in the short term”

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Donald Trump’s America wants to make war on peace

by Rashmee

Posted on March 5, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


You don’t have to look at Donald Trump very long to realise that he could be a strong man. At 1.88 metres, he is taller than most men. At at least 107 kilograms, he weighs more than many people. At 70, he gives no sign of being infirm, beset by knees that buckle or the … Continue reading “Donald Trump’s America wants to make war on peace”

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Syria operation was a giant sandwich board for Russia. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on February 28, 2017


Do you too get the sense that the Russians consider Syria to be a giant sandwich board for them? That they see the September 2015 intervention and continued engagement as an advert for multiple attributes that the Russians insist they have. Such as: strength fighting capability exceptional courage And, as Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu recently … Continue reading “Syria operation was a giant sandwich board for Russia. Here’s why”

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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