How will we live together?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 5, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… The Venice Architecture Biennale, which began last month and runs to November, has an inspiring theme: How will we live together? How? The exhibition features examples from other times in different climes. For instance, the Finns display fabricated wood homes from the World War II refugee crisis. The Americans show timber-frame houses … Continue reading “How will we live together?”

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Yasser Arafat is arrested in India for pro-Palestinian FB post. Go figure

by Rashmee

Posted on June 4, 2021


/ LANGUAGE Here’s a quite remarkable story. In India, a 32-year-old man posted a pro-Palestine image and a comment on his Facebook page. It resulted in his arrest by the police. Oh, and the man’s name: Yasser Arafat. I kid you not. This is not a cheesy story but a true, and truly tragic tale … Continue reading “Yasser Arafat is arrested in India for pro-Palestinian FB post. Go figure”

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Is Lithuania the new Sweden?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 3, 2021


/IT’S THE BUSINESS Back in the 1980s, Sweden was said to be a “moral superpower”, a model of righteousness compared to the nuclear weapons heavyweights, the United States and Soviet Union. Now, it seems there’s a new candidate for moral leadership. Lithuania. According to the Financial Times’ Richard Milne, Lithuania is increasingly looking like a … Continue reading “Is Lithuania the new Sweden?”

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Turkey takes a dissident’s nephew off Kenya’s streets. Yes, May was glorious — for impunity

by Rashmee

Posted on June 2, 2021


/ TAKE UP ONE IDEA May was a glorious month for impunity. The skies over Belarus proved to be unsafe for an opposition journalist. And then the streets of Kenya gave up Selahaddin Gulen, nephew of the US-based preacher reviled by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Gulen case is almost as remarkable as the … Continue reading “Turkey takes a dissident’s nephew off Kenya’s streets. Yes, May was glorious — for impunity”

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Joe Biden and the force of the political Yoda myth

by Rashmee

Posted on June 1, 2021


/ POLITICS & AMERICA Weeks on from Joe Biden’s Getting America Back on Track Tour and what really came of it? Well, the president travelled around Virginia and Louisiana and sent someone from his administration along to Georgia, Ohio and North Carolina as well to talk up the ‘build back better’ plans. At the time, … Continue reading “Joe Biden and the force of the political Yoda myth”

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Truckers, bankers and others are Brexit-ing. It matters

by Rashmee

Posted on May 31, 2021


/ BLIMEY BLIGHTY It recently emerged that British logistics and trucking companies are starting to feel the effects of the Brexit-inspired departure of more than 20,000 drivers from the European Union. They’ve gone home and the UK’s HGV driver population is greatly denuded while young British workers, according to the trucking industry, aren’t particularly enthused … Continue reading “Truckers, bankers and others are Brexit-ing. It matters”

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Carrie Symonds made an honest man of Boris Johnson

by Rashmee

Posted on May 30, 2021


/ TRAVELS IN MY MIND On Bank Holiday weekend, Britain woke to the news that its prime minister had made an honest woman of Carrie Symonds. Or, for those who bristle at the imputation that an adult woman needs to be made whole and honest in some way merely because she lives with someone, on … Continue reading “Carrie Symonds made an honest man of Boris Johnson”

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Big Oil has a big problem…kinda

by Rashmee

Posted on May 29, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… On May 26, three of the world’s biggest oil companies — Shell, Exxon and Chevron — suffered separate blows that illustrated the speed at which mindsets are changing. Shareholder are talking about climate change. Investors are anxious about green energy. And courts are saying someone’s got to do something about the way … Continue reading “Big Oil has a big problem…kinda”

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In three countries, the war over tax

by Rashmee

Posted on May 28, 2021


/ LANGUAGE I thought of linguistics professor George Lakoff and his theories on framing when I read about three separate battles over tax in three different countries: the US, Colombia and Spain. Let’s start with Colombia, where clashes that started as anti-government protests against proposed tax reform still continue. The protests forced President Ivan Duque … Continue reading “In three countries, the war over tax”

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The global south needs rich countries to be committed on vaccines

by Rashmee

Posted on May 27, 2021


/IT’S THE BUSINESS If there is anything more callous and cynical than Germany and France’s thumbs-down to Joe Biden’s suggestion on Covid vaccine patent-suspension, I’m yet to hear it. Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron talk a good line on humanism, morality and justice, but some say that when it really comes down to it, the … Continue reading “The global south needs rich countries to be committed on vaccines”

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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