The international order itself is racially structured

by Rashmee

Posted on April 7, 2021


/ TAKE UP ONE IDEA Some of the biggest arguments about power – who should have it and why – revolve around race. It goes beyond the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States and allegations of institutional racism in the UK. The very structure of the world order rests has a racial basis. … Continue reading “The international order itself is racially structured”

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Donald Trump’s America is trying to gaslight the world – without much success

by Rashmee

Posted on August 17, 2020


On August 14, the Trump administration’s attempt to indefinitely extend a UN arms embargo on Iran failed in fairly pitiable fashion. The resolution secured only two votes on the 15-strong UN Security Council – the US and the Dominican Republic. China and Russia voted against. Eleven UNSC members abstained. The US was revealed as isolated, … Continue reading “Donald Trump’s America is trying to gaslight the world – without much success”

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Can a middle power like Canada ever presume to sustain the world order?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 16, 2019


“We’re fading…we lost our UN Security Council seat,” the Canadian diplomat said. He looked mournful. We were talking in the early part of this decade and Canada  had recently (2010) lost its bid for a non-permanent seat on the UNSC.  (For the record, Ottawa lost out to Lisbon and Berlin.) Fast forward to 2019 and … Continue reading “Can a middle power like Canada ever presume to sustain the world order?”

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Is the world going to notice the Chinese army a lot more in the future?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 21, 2019


Is the world going to notice the Chinese army a lot more? Yes, according to two experts at Chatham House, the independent policy institute in London. China, they say, is contributing more than ever before to UN peacekeeping. I was staggered to learn that China is the largest contributor of peacekeeping forces among the five … Continue reading “Is the world going to notice the Chinese army a lot more in the future?”

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In Bhandari Vs Greenwood, India battles for influence with former imperial master

by Rashmee

Posted on November 20, 2017


Over at the United Nations, it’s India Vs Britain. Each has a candidate for judgeship at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. Technically, it should not be a contest at all. Britain’s Christopher Greenwood has already served a term on the ICJ and Britain is one of the P5, a permanent member … Continue reading “In Bhandari Vs Greenwood, India battles for influence with former imperial master”

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China finds a new use for coal? A bit of blacking on Kim Jong Un’s face

by Rashmee

Posted on February 20, 2017


Will coal – North Korea’s wealth, strength and sustenance – prove to weaken its leader? Today, (Feb 19) China’s suspension of coal imports from North Korea comes into effect. The suspension will last until the end of the year and the regime Pyongyang is likely to feel the pain of poverty. For coal is the … Continue reading “China finds a new use for coal? A bit of blacking on Kim Jong Un’s face”

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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