Humanity vs Impunity. Will the UN now compensate Haiti’s cholera victims?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 20, 2016


I was in Haiti in February 2013, when the United Nations took the unusual decision to invoke legal immunity as a way of dealing with claims for compensation from 5,000 victims of the Haiti cholera epidemic. Click here for the story I wrote for The Guardian at the time. It was a straight up-and-down report on the … Continue reading “Humanity vs Impunity. Will the UN now compensate Haiti’s cholera victims?”

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Brexit: Were Britain’s discontented like Haiti’s ceaseless protestors?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 29, 2016


In the hours after the Brexit result I was reminded most strongly of The Economist piece I wrote from Haiti in December 2013. Here’s a link to the blog, which The Economist titled “The Discontented”. Britain’s Brexiteers, it seemed to me, are being cast like Haiti’s discontented. Do you know who I mean? As The … Continue reading “Brexit: Were Britain’s discontented like Haiti’s ceaseless protestors?”

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Haiti’s President Martelly told me he was a ‘bad boy’. It seems he was right

by Rashmee

Posted on January 24, 2016


When I interviewed Haiti’s President Michel Martelly for Foreign Policy two-and-a-half years ago, he started by telling me that the people of Haiti had elected him because he was “a bad boy …too many good boys had been president before and not enough things had been done.” Today’s (Sunday, January 24) postponed run-off presidential election, … Continue reading “Haiti’s President Martelly told me he was a ‘bad boy’. It seems he was right”

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Presidential debates confirm the world’s view that Americans are buffoons

by Rashmee

Posted on November 10, 2015


Today, the Republican Party’s presidential contenders have their fourth debate, in Milwaukee.  America’s presidential election just as much as its martial reflexes, contributes to the world’s disdain for it. Wherever you are – in a barrio in Caracas, at a café table on the Avenue Habib Bourgiba in Tunis, having dinner in your middle class … Continue reading “Presidential debates confirm the world’s view that Americans are buffoons”

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Forget the elections, it’s this vote against Haiti’s airport that is a problem

by Rashmee

Posted on November 2, 2015


Let’s put the recent vote by travel site, The Guide to Sleeping in Airports, in context. It is not The New York Times. Or Lonely Planet. On the other hand, it still matters that it has listed Haiti’s Toussaint Louverture International Airport as number six on a list of 10 of the worst airports in the world. Kabul’s airport is … Continue reading “Forget the elections, it’s this vote against Haiti’s airport that is a problem”

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Angus Deaton is right about aid as impoverishment but there’s more

by Rashmee

Posted on October 28, 2015


Professor Angus Deaton, the new Nobel Laureate for economics, blames foreign aid for poor governance in poor countries. How? In a piece originally published by Project Syndicate two years ago, Professor Deaton wrote that it is aid flows, which “are large relative to fiscal expenditure (often more than half the total)” that permit governments the … Continue reading “Angus Deaton is right about aid as impoverishment but there’s more”

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Can rubber flip-flops mean a people are no longer extremely poor?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 19, 2015


Have you ever seen extreme poverty? I ask simply because the World Bank recently announced a major global milestone – the number of people living in extreme poverty is likely to fall to below 10 per cent this year. So what is extreme poverty and how do you recognize it? It’s the lack of the … Continue reading “Can rubber flip-flops mean a people are no longer extremely poor?”

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The farm to fork chain: How to feed the world in three crucial steps

by Rashmee

Posted on September 23, 2015


Time was when the world shook its head over lakes of milk and mountains of butter in Europe. That was because of chronic overproduction. But poor countries often have poor levels of agricultural production. Post-harvest loss in the developing world is a major reason that tonnes of food goes to waste and millions of people … Continue reading “The farm to fork chain: How to feed the world in three crucial steps”

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Why blame Egypt, Tunisia, India and other poor countries for world hunger?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 22, 2015


Mostly because food waste is about more than taking only what you will eat, finishing what you have on your plate and using the contents of your fridge before they spoil. Egypt, Tunisia, India, Nigeria and a clutch of other countries waste a lot of food and make real this dismal reality: that one in … Continue reading “Why blame Egypt, Tunisia, India and other poor countries for world hunger?”

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Hillary is stuck in a bad news loop that’s feeding voraciously off itself

by Rashmee

Posted on September 20, 2015


Here’s the news about Hillary Clinton. (P.S.: You knew it already. It’s not really news.) Hillary Clinton is stuck in a so-called “poll-deflating feedback loop”. According to David Weigel of The Washington Post, voters are hearing about only three types of Clinton stories, all of them with negative implications for her. First, stories about the … Continue reading “Hillary is stuck in a bad news loop that’s feeding voraciously off itself”

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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.