What does the Virginia election matter when the American establishment itself is rotten?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 2, 2021


The day of the November 2 Virginia gubernatorial election, I finally got round to …

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Plants are a ‘thing’

by Rashmee

Posted on November 1, 2021


Someone mentioned the other day that buying (and selling) houseplants was a thing in DC.…

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Abdulrazak Gurnah: the truth-teller’s tale

by Rashmee

Posted on October 31, 2021 / open Democracy


Winning the Nobel Prize in literature means his work could add essential nuance to the …

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Halloween has become spookily big in Britain

by Rashmee

Posted on October 30, 2021


In 2019, UK spending around Halloween was around £ 500 million, with retailers selling decorations, …

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Meta problems: Beyond Facebook

by Rashmee

Posted on October 29, 2021


Facebook has problems. Meta ones, which is to say, problems beyond problems. In Greek, “meta” …

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The ‘next climate summit’ (after COP26, that is)

by Rashmee

Posted on October 28, 2021


COP26 hasn’t even begun and some media organisations are on to the “next climate summit”.…

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Mon dieu. The French have given up on the skinny jean

by Rashmee

Posted on October 27, 2021


The French have given up on the skinny jean? Apparently. So says Ellie Pithers of …

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A baby is sold in Herat. A man sold his family in Thomas Hardy’s fictional Wessex

by Rashmee

Posted on October 26, 2021


Listening to the BBC’s Yogita Limaye report from Herat in western Afghanistan on the harrowing …

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The French Trump?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 25, 2021


Journalists know that artful comparisons are excellent shorthand to convey nuance. So Bassem Youssef is …

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Virtue, as the Taliban see it

by Rashmee

Posted on October 24, 2021


The Taliban, by some accounts, are not a particularly virtuous sort. They’ve allegedly been forcing …

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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