UN winds up its Haiti mission with a pitiful epitaph: It brought cholera to the island

by Rashmee

Posted on October 9, 2017


  On Friday (Oct 6) the UN wound up MINUSTAH, its 13-year-old peacekeeping mission in Haiti, having changed it forever but necessarily in the way intended. The last 100 UN troops leave soon and the mission officially ends on October 15. So, what did it accomplish? The unkindest but truest epitaph for MINUSTAH is that … Continue reading “UN winds up its Haiti mission with a pitiful epitaph: It brought cholera to the island”

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Why do we put so much expectation on Facebook?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 22, 2016 / The National


When the year draws to a close, Facebook will begin its second decade as a free service for anyone aged 13 or older in almost every part of the world. Some might fervently hope it never gets to its 30th birthday, or at least not like Atlas, carrying the world on its shoulders. Facebook, a … Continue reading “Why do we put so much expectation on Facebook?”

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Obama’s final UNGA as US president is a reminder of how much the world has changed

by Rashmee

Posted on September 21, 2016


Some say that this UN General Assembly (UNGA), the last that Barack Obama will attend as US president, is proof that the world has become more troubled, more fractious and less willing to collaborate. Some say that much of this is Mr Obama’s fault. He talked about red lines for Syria then didn’t bother to … Continue reading “Obama’s final UNGA as US president is a reminder of how much the world has changed”

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Ban Ki-Moon, Obama close out and most Americans still don’t care about UN confab

by Rashmee

Posted on September 20, 2016


Being physically present in the US does not make the United Nations’ annual jamboree, the General Assembly, seem any less remote. For most Americans, UNGA, the confab, might as well be on the moon for all they care. If it strayed into the popular consciousness at all this year, it was in terms of the … Continue reading “Ban Ki-Moon, Obama close out and most Americans still don’t care about UN confab”

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The question in Sirte #Libya is not whether ISIS will be defeated. What comes after?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 31, 2016


Sitting in Tunis, it’s hard not to pay particular heed to what’s happening over the way – in Libya. More specifically, in Sirte. As the world knows, the tough-bitten Misrata militia, which is aligned with Libya’s UN-backed government of national accord (GNA), is laboring to displace ISIS from Sirte. From August 1, the Misratans have … Continue reading “The question in Sirte #Libya is not whether ISIS will be defeated. What comes after?”

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So Libya’s UN-backed unity govt sneak-sailed into Tripoli from Tunisia

by Rashmee

Posted on April 2, 2016


It’s good to know that Fayez Al Sarraj, prime minister of Libya’s UN-backed unity government, has managed to get out and about a bit, making a public appearance at a mosque in Tripoli on Friday. It’s a slight advance on the news from just a few days ago, when Mr Al Sarraj  finally managed to … Continue reading “So Libya’s UN-backed unity govt sneak-sailed into Tripoli from Tunisia”

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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