Iraq. Bangladesh…Are some countries second-class triggers of global grief?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 11, 2016


Some countries are second-class triggers of global grief. It’s true, for all that we pretend to care equally about everyone all the time. Anne Barnard, The New York Times’s Beirut bureau chief, recently wrote about some people’s outrage that there was insufficient global outrage about last week’s deaths in Iraq, Turkey, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. Those … Continue reading “Iraq. Bangladesh…Are some countries second-class triggers of global grief?”

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The violence to come…as America unthinkingly cheers #DonaldTrump

by Rashmee

Posted on March 13, 2016


Earlier this month, Peter Beinart wrote a piece in ‘The Atlantic’. It was headlined “The Violence to Come” and the strapline read as follows: “With Donald Trump on the brink of the GOP nomination, America is hurtling toward a schism unlike anything since the 1960s.” Beinart said that the US was “headed toward a confrontation, … Continue reading “The violence to come…as America unthinkingly cheers #DonaldTrump”

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Will Terre Haute pick America’s next president as it nearly always does?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 9, 2016


Is Terre Haute the Middletown of the famous 1930s’ American sociological studies conducted on Muncie, Indiana by Robert Staughton Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd? Is Terre Haute, Indiana, a microcosm of America? Is it a bellwether town? Are there really such prophetic places? Vigo county, of which Terre Haute is the nominal capital, has only miscalculated twice since 1888. In … Continue reading “Will Terre Haute pick America’s next president as it nearly always does?”

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Egypt’s all-night Tahrir Sq party: Right now, it’s all about highs, not headaches

by Rashmee

Posted on August 9, 2015


We zipped through Tahrir Square at 5 o’clock on Friday morning (August 7) on our way to the airport and the Suez 2.0 party seemed to have continued all night. The square was still solid with people – not women anymore, mainly young men – and the ground was littered with plastic bottles and paper … Continue reading “Egypt’s all-night Tahrir Sq party: Right now, it’s all about highs, not headaches”

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Language and the lawn: Don’t ban it; make it seriously un-cool

by Rashmee

Posted on June 1, 2015


Language can accomplish things that the law cannot. Accordingly, consider this. Lawns don’t deserve to be banned. They should merely become unfashionable. (Like smoking in the presence of a child or a pregnant woman. Like wearing real fur. Or buying ivory.) Certainly lawns should be highly unfashionable in California, which is parched by a four-year … Continue reading “Language and the lawn: Don’t ban it; make it seriously un-cool”

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America’s militarized streets can’t fully explain #MichaelBrown’s death

by Rashmee

Posted on August 17, 2014


Militarized streets have some bearing, of course. But they deflect attention from the real, unchanging reason #MichaelBrown died: racism. Petty shoplifter or not, a young black man is always more likely to be seen as trouble than his white peer. That said, 13 years of continuous war in Afghanistan and Iraq have undoubtedly left America … Continue reading “America’s militarized streets can’t fully explain #MichaelBrown’s death”

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Not a single US city among world’s most beautiful but 3 on ugly list

by Rashmee

Posted on May 25, 2014


Speaking of great cities, great perceived beauty can, of course, make up for several problems. Not least, size (too small) or atmosphere (too chaotic). How else to explain Bruges and Rio de Janeiro’s appearance on this list of the world’s 10 most beautiful cities? The list runs as follows: Venice Paris Prague Lisbon Rio Amsterdam … Continue reading “Not a single US city among world’s most beautiful but 3 on ugly list”

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Message to this hologram we call our world: 3D is a form of reality too

by Rashmee

Posted on March 4, 2014


As the world busies itself inventing “the internet of everything”, it turns out that we might actually be nothing. That we don’t really exist. That we might be a hologram. As this simple explainer puts it, two studies led by Ibaraki University physicist Yoshifumi Hyakutake are confirming something many of us already suspected – that … Continue reading “Message to this hologram we call our world: 3D is a form of reality too”

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The war touches Smallsville

by Rashmee

Posted on September 14, 2011


It is sobering to consider how crucially the war touches Smallsville. Here, in the middle of nowhere, America’s multi-pronged security initiative, once christened the ‘war on terror’, hits deep and it hits hard. A local woman tells us her son, a marine, has just returned from Afghanistan and the woman she expects to be her … Continue reading “The war touches Smallsville”

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People hearing without listening

by Rashmee

Posted on September 11, 2011


Might the best template for the 9/11 memorial 10 years on, be the words Paul Simon sang at the Ground Zero ceremony “People listening without hearing”? A decade on from the attack on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and America’s idea of itself, it is striking how little Americans appear to listen to the world. … Continue reading “People hearing without listening”

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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.