The pandemic has hit Palestinians harder because of the health apartheid

by Rashmee

Posted on January 25, 2021


On Sunday, January 24, Israel’s health minister Yuli Edelstein went on British television and disavowed any and all legal obligation to vaccinate Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. It was really a rather shameful performance by Mr Edelstein, who until then, had answered all the other questions put to him by Andrew … Continue reading “The pandemic has hit Palestinians harder because of the health apartheid”

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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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United Nations struggles in a leaderless world

by Rashmee

Posted on April 12, 2020 / The Arab Weekly


Tunisia, which has a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, put forward a resolution expressing concern about the outbreak. It is sobering to think that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held its first meeting on COVID-19 only on April 9, nearly a month after a pandemic was officially declared by the World Health … Continue reading “United Nations struggles in a leaderless world”

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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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Japan rises on the world stage as a force – for good

by Rashmee

Posted on April 19, 2019


Today, April 19, Japan sends two senior members of its Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to Egypt. That is significant, almost a rites-of-passage experience for Japan. Unlike most other countries, Japan doesn’t strictly have an army, just the SDF. The April 19 deployment is the first time SDF personnel will have been despatched on a mission not … Continue reading “Japan rises on the world stage as a force – for good”

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Why not just say the ‘African country XX’ rather than ‘sub-Saharan’?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 9, 2019


The other day I Googled the phrase “sub-Saharan Africa” as it appeared in the news and came up with this: ** lots of references to the Black Death possibly having struck the region, ** and the need to establish “science campaigns” there. Clearly, the sub-Saharan Africa of the news cycle was the sort of place … Continue reading “Why not just say the ‘African country XX’ rather than ‘sub-Saharan’?”

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Nearly half of North Korea’s population needs humanitarian aid. But the missile programme goes on

by Rashmee

Posted on March 8, 2019


How do we know North Korea had its worst food harvest in more than a decade? Well the United Nations’ Resident Coordinator in the North has told us.  So, this is not some calculation from a distance. It comes from within North Korea. The UN’s Resident Coordinator, Tapan Mishra, has told the world North Korea … Continue reading “Nearly half of North Korea’s population needs humanitarian aid. But the missile programme goes on”

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Why the West must abandon its illusions on Syria

by Rashmee

Posted on January 29, 2019


Former NATO secretary general Javier Solana has hurled what can only be called a truth bomb at western illusions on Syria. “The West must pierce its illusions and sit down to negotiate more seriously – and at all levels – about Syria,” Mr Solana has said in a hard-hitting piece for Project Syndicate. Illusions of … Continue reading “Why the West must abandon its illusions on Syria”

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Blowback from actions for and by Israel is being felt in Africa

by Rashmee

Posted on January 28, 2019


The blowback from actions of and for Israel is tragically to be seen in parts of Africa. On January 20, Chadian nationals serving as UN peacekeepers in Mali were killed by Al Qaeda. A branch of Al Qaeda claimed the attack and said it was in response to Chad’s resumption of diplomatic relations with Israel. And … Continue reading “Blowback from actions for and by Israel is being felt in Africa”

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Happy New Year: Extreme poverty is at its lowest in human history

by Rashmee

Posted on January 1, 2019


The new year is likely to present us with some of the best news we could possibly have – extreme poverty is at its lowest in human history. Less than 8 per cent of the planet now lives on less than $1.90 per day. All too often, there is a sense of the human race … Continue reading “Happy New Year: Extreme poverty is at its lowest in human history”

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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