America in the Middle East in 2019

by Rashmee

Posted on January 4, 2019


There is every chance America’s half-in half-out posture in the Middle East will create massive confusion this year. As of December 31, Donald Trump’s America was positioned as follows: ** It is scheduled to withdraw troops from Syria, but not any time quick. After a year-end lunch with President Trump at the White House, Republican … Continue reading “America in the Middle East in 2019”

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Is Tarek al-Wazir a face of Germany?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 4, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Could a single German regional election be a hopeful template for tomorrow? Perhaps. Consider this. Hesse, Germany’s most prosperous region, voted October 28 amid election posters emblazoned with “Tarek statt GroKo,” which translates as “Tarek instead of GroKo.” The GroKo reference was to Germany’s fractious, federal grand coalition made up of the traditional parties of … Continue reading “Is Tarek al-Wazir a face of Germany?”

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The fight over America’s forever wars

by Rashmee

Posted on November 19, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Something extraordinary has happened in the capital of the world’s most powerful country: For the first time in more than 40 years, legisla­tors in the United States formally questioned the American president’s unchallenged authority to launch a nuclear strike. This is undoubtedly a reaction to the perceived unpredictability and rash temperament of the current inhabitant … Continue reading “The fight over America’s forever wars”

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The risks of Saudi war on too many fronts

by Rashmee

Posted on November 12, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Until the sudden purge in Saudi Arabia, there was little doubt that the kingdom’s young crown prince had the world’s admir­ing attention for his prospectus for change. He promised women a share of the public place and the chance to legally get behind the wheel of a car (almost 130 years after Bertha Benz, wife … Continue reading “The risks of Saudi war on too many fronts”

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Bjorn Lomborg and the Crown of Resolute Optimism about human progress

by Rashmee

Posted on October 23, 2017


  After years of relentless optimism, Bjorn Lomborg is allowing himself to be disappointed. This matters. For many seasons, the director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center has pushed a human “scorecard” that shows remarkable progress spanning 150 years. Poverty had fallen, Professor Lomborg declared brightly in his book ‘How Much have Global Problems Cost the … Continue reading “Bjorn Lomborg and the Crown of Resolute Optimism about human progress”

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Hard to believe now, but Yemen once had a golden age of legendary achievement

by Rashmee

Posted on February 17, 2017


Next month, it will be two years since the Saudis started to bomb Yemen. Will the ‘war’, if this largely one-sided punishment of civilians can be strictly called a ‘war’, continue into a third year? I was next door (figuratively speaking) to the ‘war’ when it began. A great show was made of the bravery … Continue reading “Hard to believe now, but Yemen once had a golden age of legendary achievement”

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How weak is this Iran that Trump’s men aggressively put ‘on notice’?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 8, 2017


After the brief Obama-era détente between Washington and Tehran, US-Iranian relations appear destined to return to the old trajectory. That would mean a shadow war of sorts in Iraq, soaring sectarian tensions across the Middle East and a hot conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. So what’s new? Lots. Those who want peace worry … Continue reading “How weak is this Iran that Trump’s men aggressively put ‘on notice’?”

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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