The Nakba continues to unfold

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… The Palestinians are said to be marking al-Nakba (literally, the catastrophe) today, May 15. On this day, day 73 years ago, 750,000 of them lost their homes and became refugees. It was the consequence of Israel’s declaration of independence on May 14, 1948 and the end of British control, by League of … Continue reading “The Nakba continues to unfold”

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From Bill Clinton to Joe Biden, America’s climate story is one of dizzying change

by Rashmee

Posted on May 8, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… Enough time has elapsed since Joe Biden’s April 22 climate summit for a dispassionate assessment of what it all meant. In two words: Faith. Hope. There’s quite a lot of the latter and not enough of the first. The world hopes the United States, the second biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, will … Continue reading “From Bill Clinton to Joe Biden, America’s climate story is one of dizzying change”

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The constant gardener: Joe Biden and the big state

by Rashmee

Posted on May 1, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… Everyone’s thinking (and some are hoping) that US President Joe Biden is ending the “era of small government” and brute free-marketeering, dating back to Ronald Reagan. But according to Ruchir Sharma, Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s chief global strategist, that era never really existed. Mr Sharma recently wrote a thought-provoking piece in the … Continue reading “The constant gardener: Joe Biden and the big state”

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How to pandemic-proof a Hindu (or any other) pilgrimage

by Rashmee

Posted on April 24, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… One of my grandmothers died after contracting small pox at the Kumbh Mela less than a hundred years ago. Her husband, my grandfather, had already passed, so my father was left an orphan. He went on to become a doctor, both his profession and his personal story making him sceptical of large … Continue reading “How to pandemic-proof a Hindu (or any other) pilgrimage”

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That Dutch election inspired hope…but not because of who won outright

by Rashmee

Posted on April 17, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… It seems awfully long ago (April 2 actually) that Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte survived a no-confidence vote after being caught up in a scandal that threatened to end his 11 years in office. And the March 17 Dutch  election seems like ancient history. In managing the crisis-defying feat of winning,  Mr … Continue reading “That Dutch election inspired hope…but not because of who won outright”

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AI, the tank and the ‘blitzkrieg’ concept: The US needs to think in a whole new way

by Rashmee

Posted on April 10, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… Can America think asymmetrically in the struggle with China? It’s a pressing and difficult question, but Michele Flournoy recently offered a remarkable answer: Yes, there’s hope, if the US starts to see Artificial Intelligence (AI) as the 21st century’s tank. She didn’t use those words exactly but the story she told Demetri … Continue reading “AI, the tank and the ‘blitzkrieg’ concept: The US needs to think in a whole new way”

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Joe Biden’s plan to build…hope

by Rashmee

Posted on April 3, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan is America’s first major fiscal investment plan in a half-century. It’s about building concrete things, yes, but also about building hope. Hope that America will once again have world-beating infrastructure, an eye-popping technological network, high-speed trains and wifi-ready airports – things that the world has long been used … Continue reading “Joe Biden’s plan to build…hope”

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It’s time for the world to discuss the very concept of asylum and refuge all over again

by Rashmee

Posted on March 27, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… The British government has proposed a massive overhaul of the way it treats asylum seekers, saying their claim to protection would be assessed by how they arrive rather than whether they deserve protection. The idea that a refugee’s route to safety – ie, whether it is legal or not – is the … Continue reading “It’s time for the world to discuss the very concept of asylum and refuge all over again”

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Immersive theatre Vs the real thing

by Rashmee

Posted on March 20, 2021


/FAITH, HOPE… An interesting experiment comes to an end today (March 20). The Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) ‘Dream’, live immersive theatre on television screens in your living room, wraps up its high-tech stuff. So the virtual curtain comes down on a week of performances in which gaming technology and VR was used to allow audiences … Continue reading “Immersive theatre Vs the real thing”

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‘Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul’

by Rashmee

Posted on March 13, 2021


/FAITH, HOPE… This week marked a milestone. It was almost exactly 365 days ago – March 11, 2020 actually – that the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a global pandemic. Personally, this week marked 365 days of my not getting on an aeroplane. On March 10, 2020, I flew back from Washington, D.C. to London … Continue reading “‘Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul’”

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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