Trump’s moral equivalence between Nazis & anti-Nazis? Read this 30-year-old essay

by Rashmee

Posted on August 17, 2017


Donald Trump sees a moral equivalence between neo-Nazis and those who protest againt them. Thirty-one years ago, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to the United Nations, explained the myth of moral equivalence. It’s worth reading, click here to do so. Or carry on below for the high points. But a key point to note is … Continue reading “Trump’s moral equivalence between Nazis & anti-Nazis? Read this 30-year-old essay”

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Real fake news may be about to hit us with a force we can only imagine

by Rashmee

Posted on July 31, 2017


It’s a truly terrifying thought. Noah Smith, a former assistant professor of finance, has suggested that fake news is likely to appear more real in the near future. In fact, it’s going to be indistinguishable from the real thing. And the robots will be responsible. How and why you might ask. What can robots do … Continue reading “Real fake news may be about to hit us with a force we can only imagine”

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Lunch in a car dealership? The delights of life in Tunisia’s capital

by Rashmee

Posted on July 14, 2017


The F Caffe in Tunis is a zippy name for a 40-cover restaurant in the Fiat car dealership. It’s in the tony surrounds of Lac 1, near the American and British embassies. Other hip eating places abound nearby but F Caffe rather holds its own. For starters, it’s unusual. It’s not every day you go … Continue reading “Lunch in a car dealership? The delights of life in Tunisia’s capital”

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In Tunis, 1 litre of fresh orange juice costs just $1.30. Here’s why that’s a problem

by Rashmee

Posted on July 8, 2017


Tunisia is an orange mini-superpower. No, really. In 2017, its harvest of oranges tipped the scales at 550,000 tons, which is way above its normal take of 400 000 tons. That’s not comparable with the millions of tons produced by Brazil, the US, China and so on, but it still counts for a hefty amount of … Continue reading “In Tunis, 1 litre of fresh orange juice costs just $1.30. Here’s why that’s a problem”

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Is this Tunisia’s first real Libyan restaurant?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 27, 2017


Tunisia is teeming with Libyans but Libyan restaurants are a strange and unknown quantity. The Tunisian friend who invited us to dinner at the Najaa Restaurant in El Aouina said he rather thought it was the only one in Tunis and possibly even the only one in all of Tunisia. I have since discovered that this … Continue reading “Is this Tunisia’s first real Libyan restaurant?”

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America First doesn’t mean Trump gets an alternate planet sans effects of #climate change

by Rashmee

Posted on June 3, 2017


The squabbling over who gains and loses from Trump #Paris climate deal exit is unedifying and unenlightening. Someone very clever argues that as the world presses on, the biggest loser in President Trump’s decision to exit the #Paris climate change agreement will be America. Another says that poor countries, which were relying on American money … Continue reading “America First doesn’t mean Trump gets an alternate planet sans effects of #climate change”

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Can cultural appropriation ever ease Syria’s suffering?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 1, 2017 / The National


This week, an unusual artistic performance in honour of Syria’s victims wrapped up its eight-day rollout across four cities on three continents. Starting in Tel Aviv on May 21 and successively moving through Vienna, London and Buenos Aires, native Arabic speakers slowly and deliberately read out the names of those killed in the Syrian conflict. … Continue reading “Can cultural appropriation ever ease Syria’s suffering?”

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#fakefoods? Cauliflower rice, courgette noodles, almond milk

by Rashmee

Posted on May 29, 2017


Hands up if you’ve ever had a plate of cauliflower rice or a bowl of courgette noodles, washed down with a cup of almond milk. If US milk farmers and rice and pasta producers had their way it would be a crime to have bought and consumed those food items labeled in the way they … Continue reading “#fakefoods? Cauliflower rice, courgette noodles, almond milk”

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Yesterday, I ate my first cricket burger and it was a surprising whopper

by Rashmee

Posted on May 27, 2017


So I walk into my university cafeteria and find a pleasant young man offering free cricket burgers. I make a face and shake my head, but free is an unbeatable, nay irresistible price. “It’s like a vegetable burger really, you can’t taste the crickets,” says the young man. A waitress sees me hesitate and comes … Continue reading “Yesterday, I ate my first cricket burger and it was a surprising whopper”

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The art of labelling: What is politics that’s not quite left and not quite right? ‘Light’

by Rashmee

Posted on May 24, 2017


What on earth do you call a far-right politician who speaks for working-class concerns? Would that be “light”, a portmanteau of left and right? Someone who’s not quite left and not quite right might be “light”, n’est-ce pas? Or how about this handy list of likely terminology from Justin Fox @foxjust of Bloomberg View. Click … Continue reading “The art of labelling: What is politics that’s not quite left and not quite right? ‘Light’”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in eight countries in the past decade. She spent much of 2015 in the UAE and currently divides her time between the UK and Tunisia. Before that, she was in Haiti, the US, Afghanistan and India.