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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The new rules of business networking

by Rashmee

Posted on December 15, 2020 / The Economist


Professional networking during a pandemic poses a unique challenge. Gone are the opportunities to exchange business cards at a breakfast event, or ask an influential figure in your field for a quick chat over coffee. Elevator pitches are no good when offices are deserted and people prefer to use the stairs. And working from home … Continue reading “The new rules of business networking”

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Dr Jill Biden should absolutely keep her ‘Dr’ title

by Rashmee

Posted on December 14, 2020 / The National


America’s next first lady will be Dr Jill Biden. The qualification is also referenced in her Twitter handle: @DrBiden. She has good reason and the right to use it, having received a research doctoral degree from a legitimate US university 13 years ago. On November 7, the day the 2020 presidential election was called for … Continue reading “Dr Jill Biden should absolutely keep her ‘Dr’ title”

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How to party like it’s 2020

by Rashmee

Posted on December 8, 2020 / The Economist


  The holiday season may be here, but the traditional office party? Not so much. The holiday season may be here, but the traditional office party? Not so much. Social distancing and other pandemic-related restrictions have ruled out the usual end-of-year work celebrations. Gone are the staff lunch, after-hours drinks and team dinner. Remote workers won’t … Continue reading “How to party like it’s 2020”

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10 reasons to feel grateful this Thanksgiving

by Rashmee

Posted on November 25, 2020 / The National


Despite these testing times, American Thanksgiving (November 26) may be a useful moment to take stock. What should we, as a planet, give thanks for in a year that threw up the depressing new word “doomscrolling”? It is true that 2020 has felt like a particularly bad year. It was roiled by two spreading crises, … Continue reading “10 reasons to feel grateful this Thanksgiving”

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Can the WTO hit the reset button on global trade?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 18, 2020 / The National


While the world’s eyes were fixed on the US presidential election, another consequential, if less thrilling contest was happening elsewhere, with significant ramifications for global trade. The World Trade Organisation is trying to appoint its new head, a decision that was supposed to be wrapped up in low-key style in the week of the American … Continue reading “Can the WTO hit the reset button on global trade?”

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Why remote workers should reinvent the commuting ritual

by Rashmee

Posted on November 3, 2020 / The Economist


The daily commute is now a distant memory for millions of workers. Before lockdowns and closed workplaces forced desk-workers to stay at home, Americans spent, on average, nearly half an hour commuting each way every day. For many people, that time has been filled instead with household chores, childcare or just more work, according to … Continue reading “Why remote workers should reinvent the commuting ritual”

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What the battle for the US Supreme Court is really about

by Rashmee

Posted on October 22, 2020 / The National


This is a big week for American politics, arguably just like every other week in the years since the 2016 election of President Donald Trump. On Thursday, Mr Trump debates his Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the last such exchange before election day on November 3. It may not be a game-changer. By last weekend, … Continue reading “What the battle for the US Supreme Court is really about”

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Expect fewer vices in the Pence-Harris debate

by Rashmee

Posted on October 7, 2020 / The National


In normal times, a vice-presidential debate doesn’t rank high on the roster of set-piece events that define the closing weeks of a US presidential election. But these are not normal times. The Wednesday night face-off in Utah between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris could be the most important vice-presidential debate since 1976, when the exchange … Continue reading “Expect fewer vices in the Pence-Harris debate”

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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