Leaders for life are as creative as novelists. They engage in world-building

by Rashmee

Posted on January 17, 2020


On Wednesday (Jan. 15) Russia’s president Vladimir Putin offered an apparently new tactic of democratic deconstruction or what scholars call constitutional regression. He raised the profile of a previously little-known body, the State Council, and suggested Russian presidents shouldn’t have as much authority as once they did. This raises the possibility that Mr Putin will … Continue reading “Leaders for life are as creative as novelists. They engage in world-building”

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Donald Trump Vs the whole, wide world

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2019


US President Donald Trump is waging war of one sort or the other against: China, Iran, Venezuela and Europe. And he’s looking for cooperation from an unlikely quarter – Russia. Mr Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, recently travelled there in search of “common ground.” That sounds hopeful until one considers the reality: Washington and … Continue reading “Donald Trump Vs the whole, wide world”

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What’s a tough guy like Donald Trump to do?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 13, 2019


North Korea, Iran and Venezuela are misbehaving – truly and terribly. Kim Jong Un, Hassan Rouhani and Nicolas Maduro aren’t sticking to the script one might have expected. Mr Kim should have been more grateful for President Donald Trump’s love and friendship. Messers Rouhani and Maduro should have been more fearful of President Trump’s ire. … Continue reading “What’s a tough guy like Donald Trump to do?”

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Trump-Pompeo foreign policy ‘swagger’ is a year old & all about spin

by Rashmee

Posted on May 3, 2019


Friday, April 26 marked a year since Mike Pompeo promised to restore the State Department’s “swagger.” It was an odd word then and it remains an odd word now. The US State Department may be many things but swaggering is not the term that comes to mind. Despite the Trump administration, America’s diplomats carry weight … Continue reading “Trump-Pompeo foreign policy ‘swagger’ is a year old & all about spin”

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Consider how much China matters in the world today

by Rashmee

Posted on March 15, 2019


If in doubt about how much China matters in world affairs today, just consider two news developments from Wednesday, March 13. On that day, China blocked a request submitted to the United Nations by America, Britain and France that would have designated Masood Azhar, the leader of a militant organisation based in Pakistan, as a terrorist. And China offered … Continue reading “Consider how much China matters in the world today”

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At one stroke Trump made a Libya of Venezuela

by Rashmee

Posted on February 4, 2019


The first thing to say about Donald Trump’s recognition of Venezuela’s opposition leader as president is this: America is not alone in this move. Canada and all of South America (except Mexico) are on the same page. As of January 28, European countries were also insisting Nicolas Maduro hold fresh elections. This, Mr Maduro seems … Continue reading “At one stroke Trump made a Libya of Venezuela”

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Turning Venezuela into a Libya-on-the Caribbean

by Rashmee

Posted on February 3, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


At one stroke Donald Trump’s America has made a Libya out of Venezuela. It is no justification that the South American country was already part of the way to becoming a Caribbean Tripoli. Whatever happens, the United States has introduced a new element of chaos into the tumult that has been the state of Venezuela … Continue reading “Turning Venezuela into a Libya-on-the Caribbean”

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Trump insists on democracy only in left-ruled countries like Venezuela

by Rashmee

Posted on August 12, 2017


So President Donald Trump is threatening a military option for Venezuela. He’s so concerned that he’s been lamenting “the people are suffering and they are dying.” And the Trump White House has smartly told off Venezuela’s President Maduro for daring to seek a phone conversation with Mr Trump. Gladly, said the White House, once democracy … Continue reading “Trump insists on democracy only in left-ruled countries like Venezuela”

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In death, #Mandela comes to life in #Haiti – on tap taps, as a road sign

by Rashmee

Posted on January 14, 2014


In death, Nelson Mandela has come startlingly alive in all sorts of ways and in all sorts of places. Consider the photograph (right) of a Port au Prince tap tap with Mr Mandela’s face painted on one side. This is interesting for all sorts of reasons. When Mr Mandela passed away, there was no visible … Continue reading “In death, #Mandela comes to life in #Haiti – on tap taps, as a road sign”

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Omens, opacity as #Snowden seeks to navigate airport tannoy,intl law

by Rashmee

Posted on July 12, 2013


  This video says it all. Noticeably thinner and in an undistinguished grey shirt, flanked by the hitherto-unseen Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden reminded the world of his predicament. Which is…testing, to put it mildly. Sans a valid passport; with only conditional offers of asylum; temporary sanctuary at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and a wily … Continue reading “Omens, opacity as #Snowden seeks to navigate airport tannoy,intl law”

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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