We shouldn’t be grading ‘mass casualty events’ such as pandemics and world wars together

by Rashmee

Posted on October 14, 2020


I was very struck by the following rundown on so-called mass casualty events in the past hundred years. That’s a euphemism if there ever was one. A mass casualty event aka something that caused hundreds of thousands to die. Anyway, Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent of The New York Times, tweeted the toll. It … Continue reading “We shouldn’t be grading ‘mass casualty events’ such as pandemics and world wars together”

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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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There’s Senegal and then there’s Donald Trump’s America

by Rashmee

Posted on October 5, 2020


It is a stark , a startling and unsettling contrast. On the western edge of the mighty African continent, there is small Senegal, just under 200,000 sq km, with a GDP per capita of $2,700 and healthcare expenditure of less than 5 per cent of GDP. Oh, and nearly half its population of 14.7 million … Continue reading “There’s Senegal and then there’s Donald Trump’s America”

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Imagine, if the tables were turned and it wasn’t Trump who’s afflicted

by Rashmee

Posted on October 4, 2020


I’ve been trying to imagine the tables being turned and that it’s Joe Biden, not Donald Trump who’s afflicted with Covid-19. What would Mr Trump, his re-election campaign and his Republican Party do? With sad resignation, it’s probably safe to say they wouldn’t, as Mr Biden has done, pull television attack ads. They wouldn’t stay … Continue reading “Imagine, if the tables were turned and it wasn’t Trump who’s afflicted”

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Margaret Ferrier, the Typhoid Mary of the 21st century?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 3, 2020


Is Margaret Ferrier the Typhoid Mary of the 21st century? At first glance the question sounds ludicrous. The two women could not be more dissimilar. Ms Ferrier is a Scottish member of the British parliament. Mary Mallon, aka Typhoid Mary, was an Irish cook who immigrated to the United States. The two women are separated … Continue reading “Margaret Ferrier, the Typhoid Mary of the 21st century?”

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Corona karaoke and off-shoring refugees. Just another day in England

by Rashmee

Posted on September 30, 2020


As far as coronavirus goes, here are the rules in England, succinctly delivered by @DoughtyStreet human rights barrister Alex Wagner, @AdamWagner1: In the south six people are free to sing but in the north only one person is allowed to sing indoors, although six can sing outside. Here’s Mr Wagner’s beautifully expressed tweet: https://twitter.com/AdamWagner1/status/1311083297313902592?utm_source=POLITICO.EU&utm_campaign=e019b26700-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_09_30_06_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_10959edeb5-e019b26700-190565551 Mr … Continue reading “Corona karaoke and off-shoring refugees. Just another day in England”

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Why do restaurants matter?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 27, 2020


‘1843’, sister magazine of ‘The Economist’ asked an important question the other day: Why do restaurants matter? Why, said the magazine, do we choose to spend large sums of money to dine among strangers? Why indeed? ‘1843’ offers us a fair few clues. The very word “restaurant”, it says, “hints at the restorative effects of … Continue reading “Why do restaurants matter?”

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Everyone’s writing about philosophy. Especially the pundits

by Rashmee

Posted on September 23, 2020


On September 8, Washington Post columnist David Von Drehle wrote a piece on the lessons offered by two ancient philosophers during the pandemic. That was the Stoics – Lucius Annaeus Seneca Epictetus. The article reprised an August 27 offering in the Wall Street Journal headlined “Philosophy for a time of crisis”. That was, as the … Continue reading “Everyone’s writing about philosophy. Especially the pundits”

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The future of fashion weeks is unclear and NY 2020 may not be the template

by Rashmee

Posted on September 17, 2020


New York recently had its first pandemic fashion show but the event, just like the clothes industry at the moment, made a number of contradictory points at the same time. First, that it is possible to have a fashion show during a global pandemic and that it suggests life is returning to normal. But second, … Continue reading “The future of fashion weeks is unclear and NY 2020 may not be the template”

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Back to school vs back to gym: England’s interrupted rhythms of life

by Rashmee

Posted on August 27, 2020


Those making their way back to the gym for the first time since March 11, when the WHO declared a pandemic, may probably feel more sanguine than parents looking to soon despatch their children to school in England. Gyms, by all account, have done a pretty good job of making themselves Covid-19 safe. They’ve introduced … Continue reading “Back to school vs back to gym: England’s interrupted rhythms of life”

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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