The nuclear non-proliferation era ends with a key treaty. What happens next?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 3, 2019


On Friday, August 2, a nuclear non-proliferation pact collapsed. Not just any pact but the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachov and underpinned three decades of global security. Many are mourning the INF’s demise. It led to the removal of more than 2,600 US and Soviet nuclear and … Continue reading “The nuclear non-proliferation era ends with a key treaty. What happens next?”

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Donald Trump’s Washington is actually good for journalists. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on March 13, 2019


Axios, the smart and savvy news website, says more than a dozen books about Donald Trump’s Washington are on the way. They’ve been written by leading journalists, all of whom signed lucrative deals. Apparently, publishers are paying big advances, some as high as $1 million. In the first half of his presidency, Mr Trump will literally … Continue reading “Donald Trump’s Washington is actually good for journalists. Here’s why”

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How Donald Trump got his Avgolemono soup and I didn’t

by Rashmee

Posted on October 13, 2018


At the Greek Deli, a Washington, D.C. institution mostly because of its Avgolemono soup, they were out of that particular favourite. “No more,” rasped Kostas Fostieris, his voice betraying decades of cigarettes, as we stood before him eyes a-beseeching. He grinned when I said I’d come all the way from England to try his famous … Continue reading “How Donald Trump got his Avgolemono soup and I didn’t”

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On to Washington D.C.’s African-American Museum…in December, 1st available date

by Rashmee

Posted on September 30, 2016


I’ve managed to book a visit to D.C.’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture – for December. That’s the first month the Museum that President Obama inaugurated on Saturday, September 24, was willing to consider new bookings. Washington’s excitement over the new Museum was palpable. By mid-week, in the run-up to the Museum … Continue reading “On to Washington D.C.’s African-American Museum…in December, 1st available date”

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Barack Obama has the most women ambassadors of any American president

by Rashmee

Posted on April 19, 2015


Speaking of a country sending a female envoy to the world, President Obama has appointed the highest percentage of women to ambassadorships – 116 of 367 or 31.6 per cent.That’s pretty amazing. Diplopundit, the self-confessed “obsessive observer” of the US State Department has a chart courtesy Philip Arsenault within a blog (click here for both) going all … Continue reading “Barack Obama has the most women ambassadors of any American president”

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Monica Lewinsky and the killing price of shame: No real job or home or niche?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 23, 2015


How would the story of the White House intern, Bill Clinton and the stained blue dress have played today? The New York Times suggests that “the digital reality of it would have been worse (or at least more pungent).” The paper makes this pronouncement off the back of Monica Lewinsky’s brave but cautious re-emergence into … Continue reading “Monica Lewinsky and the killing price of shame: No real job or home or niche?”

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If it all goes pear-shaped for Hillary, who will the Democrats field?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 17, 2015


The email controversy may unseat Hillary Clinton. That’s the sum and substance of all the froth about the fact that she was heedless enough (it has to be said) to use a private email address during her time as secretary of state. The controversy reminds people what they don’t like about Hillary. As a Clinton, … Continue reading “If it all goes pear-shaped for Hillary, who will the Democrats field?”

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21 years ago Hillary blamed everything on DC ‘inexperience’. And now?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 13, 2015


Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus sadly offers a 21-year-old story that says a lot about Hillary Clinton, presumptive candidate and Washington insider. Referring to Mrs Clinton’s week-long silence on the subject of using a personal email address when she was secretary of state, she describes her “exasperation, sadness and a strong sense of deja vu”. … Continue reading “21 years ago Hillary blamed everything on DC ‘inexperience’. And now?”

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American fat cats aren’t financing trust fund babies in the way some think

by Rashmee

Posted on December 30, 2014


Even though Thomas Piketty said it, the facts don’t support the theory that inheritance has accounted for an increasing share of household wealth and is exacerbating inequality in America. That’s what NYU economics professor Edward N. Wolff says. He should know. His new book deals with exactly that subject. It is titled ‘Inheriting Wealth in … Continue reading “American fat cats aren’t financing trust fund babies in the way some think”

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Life in Abu Dhabi: Why I went to Yas Island to buy an Ikea Lack table, again

by Rashmee

Posted on December 28, 2014


When I moved to Abu Dhabi, I bought an Ikea ‘Lack’ table. Again. Despite three houses of furniture in other parts of the world and warehouses full of ‘stuff’, I had to turn to the ‘Lack’ and other Ikea staples (the ‘Ingertorp’ dining table, ‘Terje’ folding chairs) to fill my bare flat. That’s why it … Continue reading “Life in Abu Dhabi: Why I went to Yas Island to buy an Ikea Lack table, again”

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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