There may be room for experienced optimists yet in the Middle East

by Rashmee

Posted on March 9, 2021


/ POLITICS & AMERICA A former Israeli prime minister once said that in the Middle …

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A presidential son-in-law steps down

by Rashmee

Posted on November 10, 2020


When Berat Albayrak resigned as Turkey’s finance minister it wasn’t immediately clear if his father-in-law, …

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Democracy’s defence lies in the hands of those who practice it. We, the people.

by Rashmee

Posted on September 25, 2020


It’s a familiar dirge. Democracy is in decline. With every month that passes, the world …

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The Zagreb Declaration shows up Europe’s ambiguity on Muslim-majority Albania

by Rashmee

Posted on May 8, 2020


    The countries of the Western Balkans “belong in the European Union”, Commission President …

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There is a Rumi quote for every moment, including the time of coronavirus

by Rashmee

Posted on March 27, 2020


There is a Rumi quote for every moment. For these times we live in: “Be …

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Coronavirus or not, Europe uses Albania to show it’s business as usual

by Rashmee

Posted on March 25, 2020


The European Union (EU) is trying business as usual, pandemic or not, and it’s using …

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Erdorgan waves his refugees trump card in Europe’s face

by Rashmee

Posted on February 28, 2020


Today (Friday, Feb. 28), Turkey’s president Erdogan has been speaking to US President Donald Trump, …

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Libya arms embargo is a ‘joke’, said a UN envoy. But it’s peace-making that is a farce

by Rashmee

Posted on February 26, 2020


Now that European foreign ministers have agreed on a new Mediterranean naval mission to enforce …

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Nato is not threatened by Macron’s call for strategic clarity but by the values gap with Turkey

by Rashmee

Posted on January 20, 2020


I’m with Peter Ricketts on NATO. The man who served as the UK’s permanent representative  …

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It’s going to be a year of ‘conscious uncoupling’

by Rashmee

Posted on December 22, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


All bets are off on what lies ahead in 2020 but it probably won’t be …

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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