Eid under lockdown: Art for the interminable now, the pandemic era

by Rashmee

Posted on May 25, 2020


  The painting made its way around the locked-down world’s usual, no-touch channels of communication. There was Twitter, of course, but also WhatsApp, where people forwarded a picture of the painting to each other as an Eid greeting. It seemed to capture the moment. Of nearly two billion Muslims in the world, it is only … Continue reading “Eid under lockdown: Art for the interminable now, the pandemic era”

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A tale of two elections: Israel, 2019; US, 2020 – Part II

by Rashmee

Posted on April 8, 2019


While US President Donald Trump will run for re-election in 2020 on a solidly pro-Israel platform, the campaign overall is still likely to generate some heat (and light?) on the Palestinian issue. Consider what’s happening already with the large numbers of Democratic candidates who’ve thrown their hat into the ring. Not too long ago, Beto … Continue reading “A tale of two elections: Israel, 2019; US, 2020 – Part II”

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Pakistan’s borrowing record with the IMF is pretty extraordinary

by Rashmee

Posted on March 28, 2019


Did you know Pakistan has secured 21 loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since it became a member? Me neither. I knew Pakistan had returned again and again to the IMF over the decades but 21 loans! That’s a lot in 69 years. (The IMF gives Pakistan’s effective date of membership as July 11, … Continue reading “Pakistan’s borrowing record with the IMF is pretty extraordinary”

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Message from Mohammed bin Salman visit: It is Pakistan first

by Rashmee

Posted on February 23, 2019 / First Post


The Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to New Delhi was historic, but perhaps only for the frankness with which Mohammed bin Salman never even pretended he was on the same page as India with respect to Pakistan. MBS, as the Crown Prince is known, courteously stood by and listened as Prime Minister Narendra Modi made reference … Continue reading “Message from Mohammed bin Salman visit: It is Pakistan first”

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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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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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Saudi King Salman, the Magnificent

by Rashmee

Posted on March 19, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


As the Saudi king continues his month-long travels through Asia, the tone of media coverage is worth noting. It has a thousand-and-one-nights quality, in the sense of the delightful stories about the grandeur of the eighth-century court of Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid. In the case of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the coverage seems … Continue reading “Saudi King Salman, the Magnificent”

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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