On to Washington D.C.’s African-American Museum…in December, 1st available date

by Rashmee

Posted on September 30, 2016


I’ve managed to book a visit to D.C.’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture – for December. That’s the first month the Museum that President Obama inaugurated on Saturday, September 24, was willing to consider new bookings. Washington’s excitement over the new Museum was palpable. By mid-week, in the run-up to the Museum … Continue reading “On to Washington D.C.’s African-American Museum…in December, 1st available date”

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Barack Obama has the most women ambassadors of any American president

by Rashmee

Posted on April 19, 2015


Speaking of a country sending a female envoy to the world, President Obama has appointed the highest percentage of women to ambassadorships – 116 of 367 or 31.6 per cent.That’s pretty amazing. Diplopundit, the self-confessed “obsessive observer” of the US State Department has a chart courtesy Philip Arsenault within a blog (click here for both) going all … Continue reading “Barack Obama has the most women ambassadors of any American president”

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Monica Lewinsky and the killing price of shame: No real job or home or niche?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 23, 2015


How would the story of the White House intern, Bill Clinton and the stained blue dress have played today? The New York Times suggests that “the digital reality of it would have been worse (or at least more pungent).” The paper makes this pronouncement off the back of Monica Lewinsky’s brave but cautious re-emergence into … Continue reading “Monica Lewinsky and the killing price of shame: No real job or home or niche?”

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If it all goes pear-shaped for Hillary, who will the Democrats field?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 17, 2015


The email controversy may unseat Hillary Clinton. That’s the sum and substance of all the froth about the fact that she was heedless enough (it has to be said) to use a private email address during her time as secretary of state. The controversy reminds people what they don’t like about Hillary. As a Clinton, … Continue reading “If it all goes pear-shaped for Hillary, who will the Democrats field?”

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21 years ago Hillary blamed everything on DC ‘inexperience’. And now?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 13, 2015


Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus sadly offers a 21-year-old story that says a lot about Hillary Clinton, presumptive candidate and Washington insider. Referring to Mrs Clinton’s week-long silence on the subject of using a personal email address when she was secretary of state, she describes her “exasperation, sadness and a strong sense of deja vu”. … Continue reading “21 years ago Hillary blamed everything on DC ‘inexperience’. And now?”

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American fat cats aren’t financing trust fund babies in the way some think

by Rashmee

Posted on December 30, 2014


Even though Thomas Piketty said it, the facts don’t support the theory that inheritance has accounted for an increasing share of household wealth and is exacerbating inequality in America. That’s what NYU economics professor Edward N. Wolff says. He should know. His new book deals with exactly that subject. It is titled ‘Inheriting Wealth in … Continue reading “American fat cats aren’t financing trust fund babies in the way some think”

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Life in Abu Dhabi: Why I went to Yas Island to buy an Ikea Lack table, again

by Rashmee

Posted on December 28, 2014


When I moved to Abu Dhabi, I bought an Ikea ‘Lack’ table. Again. Despite three houses of furniture in other parts of the world and warehouses full of ‘stuff’, I had to turn to the ‘Lack’ and other Ikea staples (the ‘Ingertorp’ dining table, ‘Terje’ folding chairs) to fill my bare flat. That’s why it … Continue reading “Life in Abu Dhabi: Why I went to Yas Island to buy an Ikea Lack table, again”

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The end of the 113th US Congress. Good riddance but for one thing

by Rashmee

Posted on December 26, 2014


Would you believe that the 113th US Congress died after passing this significant piece of legislation – marking the centennial of the passenger pigeon extinction? As Dana Milbank explained in The Washington Post, “this bipartisan legislation recalled the Sept. 1, 1914, death at the Cincinnati Zoo of Martha, the last of a population of ectopistes migratorius, once … Continue reading “The end of the 113th US Congress. Good riddance but for one thing”

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The Interview: Have we all, Obama too, been getting worked up about a nullity?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 23, 2014


No one ever thought ‘The Interview’ would be high art, but its lows are unwittingly epic, says ‘The Wall Street Journal’s’ excellent film critic Joe Morgenstern. The film is “infantile”, he told the BBC on Monday, “it should never have been made”. Why, for instance, name the leader of North Korea. His head, by the … Continue reading “The Interview: Have we all, Obama too, been getting worked up about a nullity?”

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Unhealthy US labour dispute leaves McDonald’s Japan a small fries order

by Rashmee

Posted on December 22, 2014


For everyone who wants fast food outlets to serve better food – not quite so fatty, artery-clogging, but still delicious – all I can say is be careful what you wish for. McDonald’s in Japan is now going to offer only small servings of french fries. For love nor money, you’re not going to be … Continue reading “Unhealthy US labour dispute leaves McDonald’s Japan a small fries order”

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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.