G7’s global corporate tax pitch is both practical and principled

by Rashmee

Posted on June 8, 2021 / The National


International summits can sometimes be dull and formulaic, but there is a decided buzz about this week’s meeting of leaders of the Group of Seven advanced economies. The G7 summit is in an iodine-rich Cornish seaside resort and it is in person, a sign that the most severe pandemic restrictions are slowly being wound down. … Continue reading “G7’s global corporate tax pitch is both practical and principled”

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Being generous with vaccines will benefit rich countries

by Rashmee

Posted on May 25, 2021 / The National


The World Health Organisation’s decision-making assembly begins today at an inflection point in the pandemic. In this, the second year of the coronavirus crisis, there is little consensus about how to vaccinate richer and poorer countries in tandem.s Though almost everyone agrees that no one is safe anywhere until everyone is safe everywhere, a bitter … Continue reading “Being generous with vaccines will benefit rich countries”

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What does taxation have to do with inequality? These countries are working it out

by Rashmee

Posted on May 11, 2021 / The National


The American and French Revolutions are modern history’s most famous examples of popular resistance to paying taxes. But the pitched rhetorical battles over taxation currently being waged in three different countries are nothing like those 18th century transformative struggles. When Britain’s 13 American colonies rose up in the 1770s, it was to protest against taxation … Continue reading “What does taxation have to do with inequality? These countries are working it out”

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Do countries need a system to distinguish ‘green’ from ‘greenwash’?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 28, 2021 / The National


Taxonomy, the author Bill Bryson once said, is sometimes described as a science and sometimes as an art, but really it is a battleground. European policymakers would probably agree as they struggle to label economic activity by means of an ambitious green “taxonomy”. Just days ago, the European Commission published a second draft of its … Continue reading “Do countries need a system to distinguish ‘green’ from ‘greenwash’?”

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#Sofagate: Even at the highest levels of power, women face sexism

by Rashmee

Posted on April 13, 2021 / The National


There is a startling pattern to the stories told by women in public life. They generally include at least one wry account about being mistaken for the secretary. It happened to, among others, a British minister, and the UK and Ireland’s first female bishop. When European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen eventually writes her … Continue reading “#Sofagate: Even at the highest levels of power, women face sexism”

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Is Europe course-correcting after taking a hard-right turn?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 30, 2021 / The National


Now that the Netherlands’ election results have been finalised and officially published, chances are much of the world will lose interest in what happens next. After all, the incumbent won a fourth term after a dull campaign in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and the process of forming a coalition government in the Netherlands … Continue reading “Is Europe course-correcting after taking a hard-right turn?”

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Biden should avoid copying the Swiss wealth tax model

by Rashmee

Posted on March 16, 2021 / The National


Why isn’t Switzerland progressively closing its wealth gap? The question is important in the context of the intense ongoing debate from Washington to London about a wealth tax. The coronavirus pandemic has caused government debt to soar and led to calls for substantial new levies on the rich. The argument goes that the wealthy should … Continue reading “Biden should avoid copying the Swiss wealth tax model”

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Jobs after Covid-19: business not as usual

by Rashmee

Posted on March 2, 2021 / The National


This will be a significant week in terms of job prospects for millions around the world. In Britain, Wednesday’s annual budget will include £126 million ($175.6m) in new funding for 40,000 traineeships and “flexi-job” apprenticeships. In the US, the employment report for February is expected to show the strongest pace of hiring since November. And … Continue reading “Jobs after Covid-19: business not as usual”

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Biden wants the US to be a values-driven leader but is the world buying it?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 16, 2021 / The National


This weekend marks US President Joe Biden’s first month in the Oval Office, which means it is still early days for any concrete foreign policy decisions to have been taken. Thus far, Mr Biden has limited himself to feel-good postures on complex global issues. On February 19, he will deliver a virtual address at the … Continue reading “Biden wants the US to be a values-driven leader but is the world buying it?”

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A more perfect union may be in sight for American labour

by Rashmee

Posted on February 2, 2021 / The National


Labour unions are back in the spotlight in the US and for all the right reasons. There are implications for organised workers’ movements everywhere, as well as for the call to rebalance the deepening divide between labour and capital. The resurgence goes beyond the obvious signals from America’s new administration. President Joe Biden has conspicuously … Continue reading “A more perfect union may be in sight for American labour”

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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