Bolsonaro sheds crocodile tears for Trump. Don’t cry for him, Brazil

by Rashmee

Posted on November 23, 2020


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s public truculence about dealing with a new US president who is not Donald Trump raises a pertinent question: What did Mr Trump ever do for Brazil? Peter Hakim has an excellent blog on US-Brazil relations, which underlines the showy nature of the relationship between Mr Trump and Mr Bolsonaro and the … Continue reading “Bolsonaro sheds crocodile tears for Trump. Don’t cry for him, Brazil”

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Bats naturally socially distance when sick. No, really

by Rashmee

Posted on November 22, 2020


A new study has found that for vampire bats, social distancing while sick comes naturally. (That should say something to all those people out there who feel it’s an assault on their freedoms to have to socially distance!) Anyway, the research by Ohio State University shows that “when vampire bats feel sick, they socially distance … Continue reading “Bats naturally socially distance when sick. No, really”

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That pointless but pleasant email? Don’t press send if you care about the planet

by Rashmee

Posted on November 21, 2020


It’s not just paper and all those dead trees. Your online life is also bad for the planet. Especially pointless emails or ones in which the point is purely to be pleasant, courteous, social, even. In an astonishing revelation, the Financial Times has covered the idea that it’s better to limit brief, pointless email exchanges. … Continue reading “That pointless but pleasant email? Don’t press send if you care about the planet”

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It’s worth reading why the half-Indian Marina Wheeler, Boris’s ex-wife, worries about Modi’s ‘New India’

by Rashmee

Posted on November 20, 2020


Marina Wheeler, barrister, former wife of Britain’s prime minister and the mother of four of Boris Johnson’s children, began a recent opinion piece with a reference to her Sikh mother. Dip Singh was displaced from Pakistan in 1947, Ms Wheeler noted. While writing a book about her mother’s forced journey to India, “the fathers of … Continue reading “It’s worth reading why the half-Indian Marina Wheeler, Boris’s ex-wife, worries about Modi’s ‘New India’”

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What ESG? When there was profound US uncertainty, businesses watched balance sheet implications

by Rashmee

Posted on November 19, 2020


In the era of ESG – Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance criteria for investment in a business – I’m struck by the way investors reacted to the prolonged uncertainty about the US presidential election in the days immediately after the Nov. 3 vote. Within 72 hours of the nail-biter, investors were cheery, buying stocks and … Continue reading “What ESG? When there was profound US uncertainty, businesses watched balance sheet implications”

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‘Hey, home worker, how do you feel about your remote privilege?’

by Rashmee

Posted on November 17, 2020


So, how do you feel about your remote privilege? Is it really a privilege to work from home? I guess, considering essential workers and those engaged in manual labour don’t have the option of staying home to work. Anyway, those aren’t my questions. They have been thrown up by  strategists from Deutsche Bank’s research arm. … Continue reading “‘Hey, home worker, how do you feel about your remote privilege?’”

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Georgia on our collective, climate-conscious mind

by Rashmee

Posted on November 16, 2020


President Joe Biden will be in office, come one-minute past noon on January 20. The US will, that very day, rejoin the Paris climate pact. Good. But what happens next? How does the US, the second biggest carbon emitter in the world, become consistently climate conscious, by federal order, no matter who’s in the White … Continue reading “Georgia on our collective, climate-conscious mind”

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‘In the Bunker with Hitler’ has remarkable resonance with the moment we’re in

by Rashmee

Posted on November 15, 2020


  This week I’ve been reading a book I picked off my shelves at random. It’s titled ‘In the Bunker with Hitler: The Last Witness Speaks’. On the author page (before the half-title page) is a bold inscription in the green ink I favoured at the time: Berlin March 26, 2007 What it doesn’t say … Continue reading “‘In the Bunker with Hitler’ has remarkable resonance with the moment we’re in”

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What would you say if you saw this US president’s behaviour in another country?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 14, 2020


The New York Times’s David Leonhardt put it most succinctly of all. Quoting political scientist Brendan Nyhan, he laid out the best way to consider events underway in the United States: what would you say if you saw it in another country? Okay, so let’s have a go at that, today, one week after Pennsylvania … Continue reading “What would you say if you saw this US president’s behaviour in another country?”

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Office politics has got more passionate and polarised. How to deal with it?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 13, 2020


The US election was the first global event since the pandemic hit to have occurred without multiple watercooler conversations in multiple offices. With the shared physical workspace unavailable for the moment, did virtual watercooler moments about the nail-biter on in the US prove a suitable replacement? How did that go for American workers especially, for … Continue reading “Office politics has got more passionate and polarised. How to deal with it?”

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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