South Korea’s wannabe president wins support for universal basic income plan

by Rashmee

Posted on October 15, 2020


It is a platitude that the pandemic has been a game-changer. It is a banality that catastrophes are not always uniformly bad news for everyone. The lucky few may unwittingly benefit. Lee Jae-myung, governor of South Korea’s most populous province, is probably one of them. So is the bold concept known as universal basic income. … Continue reading “South Korea’s wannabe president wins support for universal basic income plan”

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Dreaming of Sitopia in Britain

by Rashmee

Posted on August 31, 2020


  BBC Radio 4 has aired one of the more unusual – and inspiring – food programmes I’ve ever heard. ‘Sitopia – a land with food at its centre’ is set in 2030. It features a Prime Minister Carolyn Steel, who led her Sitopia Party to victory in the 2022 general election and proceeded to … Continue reading “Dreaming of Sitopia in Britain”

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Joe & the Juice: A Danish model for a post-pandemic world?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 2, 2020


  Back in October, when no one (other than epidemiologists) was worrying about a global pandemic and chains of transmission of disease, the Danish coffee chain Joe & the Juice was defending its cashless policy as follows: “We are sorry to hear that you have become concerned with our Cashless Policy. In JOE & THE … Continue reading “Joe & the Juice: A Danish model for a post-pandemic world?”

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The cheesy trademark battle over halloumi

by Rashmee

Posted on July 22, 2020 / The Focus


What does cheese say when it looks in the mirror? Halloumi. The cheesy joke may be due for an update now that a London court is faced with a battle over its trademark. The salty unripened cheese is one of the biggest exports from Cyprus and the UK is Nicosia’s largest market for it. Unsurprisingly, … Continue reading “The cheesy trademark battle over halloumi”

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The post-pandemic restaurant

by Rashmee

Posted on June 26, 2020 / The Focus


Robot cooks and servers. Mannequins to enforce social distancing. Two ideas for the post-pandemic restaurant nearly 6,000 miles apart. They go much further than more conventional takes on coronavirus-induced safety and sanitation procedures — hand sanitiser; individually wrapped cutlery; al fresco dining; permanent takeout windows and kerbside pick-ups. The robot-staffed café in Hong Kong has machines whipping … Continue reading “The post-pandemic restaurant”

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Bird flu. SARS. Coronavirus. Why do so many diseases start in China?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 11, 2020


More than 30 years ago, there was bird flu. In 2003, it was SARS. And now, Coronavirus. Why do so many diseases start in China? It’s a question worth asking now that scientists are suggesting that the world’s only scaly mammal, the pangolin, may have been the intermediate host that transmitted coronavirus from bats to humans. … Continue reading “Bird flu. SARS. Coronavirus. Why do so many diseases start in China?”

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The FT’s tech editor wants to dump his WiFi speakers and return to an old amp and a few wires. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on January 29, 2020


You want a perfect example of our unsustainable way of life, with consumption and waste built into the growth model? Read Chris Nuttall, the Financial Times’s technology editor. He recently described his travails with the speakers he has long used in his home wireless system. Mr Nuttall said he used to be in favour of … Continue reading “The FT’s tech editor wants to dump his WiFi speakers and return to an old amp and a few wires. Here’s why”

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Davos was meatless yesterday. It probably wasn’t entirely a gimmick

by Rashmee

Posted on January 23, 2020


  My recent Swissair flight to Jerusalem served three kinds of meals: vegetarian, kosher and Hindu. The last two needed to be ordered ahead. If you didn’t, you got the standard meal, which was vegetarian. (So were the kosher and Hindu meals, which were only distinct in the special method of preparation or the distinct … Continue reading “Davos was meatless yesterday. It probably wasn’t entirely a gimmick”

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Saturday rearview: How the world made it harder to be good in 2019

by Rashmee

Posted on December 28, 2019


The week was rich in sights, sounds – and tastes – of Israel and the Palestinian Territories. And then there was a piece I wrote with Jason Karaian  in Quartz about how the world in 2019 made it harder to be a good person. Think about it: you can’t fly, buy fast fashion, anything plastic, … Continue reading “Saturday rearview: How the world made it harder to be good in 2019”

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All the ways the world made it harder to be a good person in 2019

by Rashmee

Posted on December 27, 2019 / Quartz


By Rashmee Roshan Lall & Jason Karaian There is a moment in season three of the American comedy television series The Good Place in which Michael, the lead protagonist, has an epiphany about the problem with modern life. “Every day,” he says, “the world gets a little more complicated, and being a good person gets a little harder.” … Continue reading “All the ways the world made it harder to be a good person in 2019”

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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