India, Italy, Saudi, Colombia, Ethiopia haven’t had a US ambassador for a year or more

by Rashmee

Posted on January 27, 2023


Shashi Tharoor, an Indian politician and former United Nations diplomat, recently fulminated on the Biden …

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The tanks-to-Ukraine story is not about America’s 31 Abrams, but its heart

by Rashmee

Posted on January 26, 2023


On Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s birthday, America announced a big present. Not the 31 M1 …

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If Davos didn’t exist, would we have to invent it…as an email?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 22, 2023


“Has there ever been a ‘meeting that should have been an email’ so glaring as …

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Stay-aways from the magic mountain

by Rashmee

Posted on January 17, 2023


Various media outlets have thrown out the names of those they espy – or don’t …

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When WWI wasn’t WWI: language and change as the old year dies

by Rashmee

Posted on December 26, 2022


As the old year dies away, the persistent thought is of change and renewal. I …

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The poinsettia is soprano in the season’s grand opera

by Rashmee

Posted on December 22, 2022


Come Christmas, the most festive houseplant of them all lights up hallways, dinner tables and …

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’42 per cent of Africa’s 130 players at Qatar were born outside the continent’

by Rashmee

Posted on December 5, 2022


More than half the 26 players in Morocco’s national football team are born in other …

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Footballers often ask themselves: Where am I really from?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 4, 2022


The BBC World Service documentary ‘Which country should I play for?’ tells an …

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Britain’s three ‘Ds’: Deindustrialisation, degrowth, denigration of outsiders

by Rashmee

Posted on December 2, 2022


What happened when Britain chose a post-World War II path that focussed on the frothy …

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There are some very real symptoms of Britain’s slow slide downwards

by Rashmee

Posted on December 1, 2022


Any consideration of Britain’s place in the world today (as well as the so-called “saviour …

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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