Sudan will be off the US list of terrorism sponsors. It’s a quid pro quo and contentious

by Rashmee

Posted on October 21, 2020


GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, … Continue reading “Sudan will be off the US list of terrorism sponsors. It’s a quid pro quo and contentious”

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How to read the ‘Arab street’ as America pushes rapprochement with Israel

by Rashmee

Posted on August 28, 2020


This week, Donald Trump’s official and unofficial secretaries of state – Mike Pompeo and Jared Kushner – fanned out across the Middle East and North Africa to push Arab-Israeli rapprochement in the aftermath of the August 13 Israel-UAE deal. The US-sponsored deal between Israel and the UAE was only the third such accord Israel has struck with … Continue reading “How to read the ‘Arab street’ as America pushes rapprochement with Israel”

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You heard right. Some Lebanese want France to revive its colonial oversight

by Rashmee

Posted on August 8, 2020


Imagine Indians imploring Boris Johnson to take back control of the old Raj. Or Brazilians demanding that Portugal’s prime minister António Costa oversee their affairs once again. Or Libyans turning to Italy’s Giuseppe Conte to bring back the old days. Tis true the Lebanese are shocked and grieving after the August 4 Beirut explosion, but … Continue reading “You heard right. Some Lebanese want France to revive its colonial oversight”

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A year in protests. It underlined our interconnectedness

by Rashmee

Posted on December 13, 2019


As the year hastens to an end, journalists like me are trying to discern the defining patterns of 2019. One of these has to be the slew of protests that roiled various countries. Three broad points can be discerned: Some of the protests were in unlikely places Many of them were about the same sorts … Continue reading “A year in protests. It underlined our interconnectedness”

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What is it about north African countries and leaders in cages?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 24, 2019


Sudan’s former dictator Omar Al Bashir made a second court appearance today (Aug. 21)  four months after widespread protests forced him from office. He peered out through a black metal cage as his trial for corruption continued. It was reminiscent of another ousted north African leader’s trial. That of Mohammed Morsi, ousted by the Egyptian … Continue reading “What is it about north African countries and leaders in cages?”

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Sudan is in transition. But to what?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 16, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Whatever happens, Sudan’s transition will be a lengthy process. What is the state of Sudan now that activists have called off a general strike and civil disobedience campaign after a 2-month standoff with the military? It’s not clear if a transition to civilian-led democratic rule has become more likely. There is no certainty the Sudanese military, … Continue reading “Sudan is in transition. But to what?”

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The Long Arab Spring? A guide to Sudan and Algeria

by Rashmee

Posted on June 4, 2019


The gloves have come off in Sudan. Sudan’s  Transitional Military Council (TMC) has indicated it intends to be not particularly transitional. TMC head General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan  said in a statement broadcast on state television that they had decided to “stop negotiating with the Alliance for Freedom and Change and cancel what had been agreed … Continue reading “The Long Arab Spring? A guide to Sudan and Algeria”

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The lessons of Sudan and Algeria: Democracy has to be forced like a hyacinth bulb

by Rashmee

Posted on April 13, 2019


I think what’s clear from the continuing protests in Sudan and Algeria is that ordinary people do not believe in springtime or a budding democracy. They know that democracy has to be forced to bloom – a bit like a hyacinth bulb meant to be in full flower at Christmas. The bulb has to be … Continue reading “The lessons of Sudan and Algeria: Democracy has to be forced like a hyacinth bulb”

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Sudan’s story is told in many ways

by Rashmee

Posted on March 5, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


The upheaval in Sudan reminded me of “The Book of Khartoum,” billed when it was published in 2016 as the first major collection of stories from Sudan to be translated into English. Reading it, I was struck by the haunting sense of a city marked by many different power struggles over time. Indeed, Sudan has … Continue reading “Sudan’s story is told in many ways”

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Why Donald Trump holds Sudan’s immediate future (& trade prospects) in his tiny hands

by Rashmee

Posted on July 12, 2017


Tomorrow, July 12, is a big day for Sudan. The US Secretary of State reports to the US president on whether or not some sanctions can be permanently lifted. If they are lifted, the US will have demonstrated some confidence in Sudan’s domestic reform process. Enough perhaps to help Sudan’s accession to the World Trade … Continue reading “Why Donald Trump holds Sudan’s immediate future (& trade prospects) in his tiny hands”

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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