May 5 is a test for both of Britain’s main parties

by Rashmee

Posted on May 4, 2022


The May 5 British local elections are a test for the governing Conservatives,  one that …

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Britain’s local elections have national significance

by Rashmee

Posted on May 3, 2022


Fresh from helping organise a local elections hustings in my electoral ward, I can attest …

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No, decolonising your bookshelf doesn’t mean getting rid of Jane Austen

by Rashmee

Posted on May 2, 2022 / openDemocracy


The headline in The Daily Telegraph was stark: “Jane Austen dropped from university’s English course …

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Dip into the sabra hummus story

by Rashmee

Posted on May 1, 2022


“Sabra” is Hebrew for any Jew born in Israel. Those who aren’t au fait with …

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The high point of the ‘Hummus Wars’ was probably its lowest

by Rashmee

Posted on April 30, 2022


In 2016, the so-called “Hummus Wars” were raging and Lebanon and Israel had a lively …

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The hummus hostilities are at a stalemate…for now

by Rashmee

Posted on April 29, 2022


Eastern Europe’s borscht battles are like the hummus hostilities in the Middle East, the Jollof …

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Borscht, a Ukrainian hug in a mug

by Rashmee

Posted on April 28, 2022


Once upon a time, Lemsip and Cup-a-Soup were battling each other for the right to …

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A Unesco battle for borscht

by Rashmee

Posted on April 27, 2022


The current iteration of the borscht battles properly began in 2019, when the Russian foreign …

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What borscht means to Ukraine at this moment

by Rashmee

Posted on April 26, 2022


The Financial Times’ recent piece (paywall) by American journalist Wendell Steavenson on the resurrection of …

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Ukraine in a dish

by Rashmee

Posted on April 25, 2022


Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, most people would have said that borscht, the distinctively …

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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