Trump’s grand delusions – treason and the unfolding coup

by Rashmee

Posted on October 2, 2019


The dictionary meaning of treason is as follows: The crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill or overthrow the sovereign or government. In the same sort of category might be these other actions or behaviours: lese-majesty sedition mutiny rebellion Treason certainly has connotations of disloyalty, but not quite in the way Donald … Continue reading “Trump’s grand delusions – treason and the unfolding coup”

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Dispassionately speaking, 3 things need to be said re. Trump, whistleblower, Bidens & Ukraine

by Rashmee

Posted on September 27, 2019


Stand back from the media circus and there are three points that are not being made, clearly enough, or prominently enough about the whistleblower’s report alleging that Donald Trump linked military aid to Ukraine to his own personal political advantage. It’s wrong to ask if the Democrats’ prospects for 2020 are endangered by launching a … Continue reading “Dispassionately speaking, 3 things need to be said re. Trump, whistleblower, Bidens & Ukraine”

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Now, Edward #Snowden has to be Person of This Year & the Last

by Rashmee

Posted on January 18, 2014


TIME magazine didn’t think so (and has been pilloried for it, as illustrated by the photo on the right.) The Guardian did. No matter. It’s official, now that President Obama has offered a mea culpa of sorts for mass surveillance and promised to rein in America’s rogue agencies. Edward Snowden is person of the year. … Continue reading “Now, Edward #Snowden has to be Person of This Year & the Last”

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NSA and Facebook. Big Brother vs Big Business. Who blew what?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 27, 2013


Mark Zukerberg of Facebook says the US government “really blew it” by instituting massive surveillance programs at home and abroad. Assuming Mr Zuckerberg means the US undermined itself and disappointed people around the world by its sneaky ways, it’s hard to understand how he can be so disapproving even as Facebook allegedly helped the US … Continue reading “NSA and Facebook. Big Brother vs Big Business. Who blew what?”

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Someone prank-called the NSA,asking if he could get back a deleted email

by Rashmee

Posted on September 2, 2013


So here’s one of the funniest jokes to emerge from the Snowden affair. “Someone prank-called the NSA, asking if he could get back a deleted email.” ​That’s according to Truthloader and it’s causing gales of laughter on g+. And Youtube. And just about everywhere else you can imagine. For those who do not know, Truthloader’s … Continue reading “Someone prank-called the NSA,asking if he could get back a deleted email”

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Snowden, the thriller: A performance-worshipping planet waits

by Rashmee

Posted on August 19, 2013


Coming to a screen somewhere near you (but not me, Haiti has no cinema halls) is a film on Edward Snowden. I don’t mean the five-minute, amateur one (Edward Snowden – Short Film) that cost all of $650 and had everyone writing about it (mainly that it was awful but also that it was an … Continue reading “Snowden, the thriller: A performance-worshipping planet waits”

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Oh America. Certainly land of the brave. Still home of the free?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 9, 2013


Imagine a large country known for its weapons systems, its ideological beliefs and its geopolitical strength. Imagine someone falling foul of its government. Imagine that someone being branded a traitor and seeking refuge in the country’s political and ideological antithesis. Imagine the large country of the first sentence pursuing the ‘traitor’ with single-minded intensity. Imagine … Continue reading “Oh America. Certainly land of the brave. Still home of the free?”

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Edward Joseph can’t compete against George Alexander Louis

by Rashmee

Posted on July 24, 2013


Poor Edward Snowden. Despite his struggles to liberate himself from the transit lounge of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo international airport he’s pretty much dropped from news headlines at will. Instead, it’s that chap George Alexander Louis they keep talking about. Who’s not even three days old. (But who bears three names. As well as a title.) Hard … Continue reading “Edward Joseph can’t compete against George Alexander Louis”

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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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Exposure: Finally, out of the Olympus scandal and into the sunlight

by Rashmee

Posted on July 3, 2013


Revenge is sweet and not fattening, Alfred Hitchcock once said. Michael Woodford might second that, today, July 3. This morning, his former colleagues at Olympus were sentenced for their role in the $1.7-billion fraud and corruption he exposed. But Mr Woodford seems too enlightened to stoop to petty revenge. On the BBC this morning, the man who … Continue reading “Exposure: Finally, out of the Olympus scandal and into the sunlight”

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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