‘Like all traditions, birthday parties had to be invented’

by Rashmee

Posted on May 16, 2022


Birthdays are on my mind at the moment, more particularly, how did we come to …

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The Ides of May and Lebanon’s no-change election

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2022


The Lebanese legislative elections have been hard to predict. Technically, it should have all been …

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Ukraine and the incredible force of soft power

by Rashmee

Posted on May 14, 2022


Political scientist Joseph Nye, a former Dean of the Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, recently …

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Kyiv is western politicians’ new Mecca

by Rashmee

Posted on May 13, 2022


Jill Biden and Justin Trudeau were in Ukraine on the same day this month. The …

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Echoes of Sanctuary Mandela ‘46664’ room in Diana Flora margarine tubs?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 11, 2022


Remember the Diana tubs of Flora margarine? Within months of Princess Diana’s death in 1997, …

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The world in four elections: the Ides of May and the Philippines

by Rashmee

Posted on May 10, 2022


People normally speak about the Ides of March but in the Roman calendar, every month …

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The Mahatma’s role in ‘new India’ is not about his message but his brand

by Rashmee

Posted on May 8, 2022


My Gandhi cushion, in the pop art style, was designed in a workshop owned by …

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A Mandela boutique hotel is fine, a Mandela burger is not

by Rashmee

Posted on May 7, 2022


The Nelson Mandela Foundation, which owns the nine-room Sanctuary Mandela boutique hotel in Johannesburg, seems …

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A Mandela hotel, Gandhi cushion, Diana tat: Brand monetisation is both art and craft

by Rashmee

Posted on May 6, 2022


News of the Sanctuary Mandela boutique hotel had me thinking about my Mahatma Gandhi cushion. …

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Europe is not an issue in the UK elections but it should be

by Rashmee

Posted on May 5, 2022


When British voters go to the polls on May 5 to elect their local authority …

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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