Europe wants to help protect oil majors’ good intentions from themselves

by Rashmee

Posted on February 15, 2020


BP, which is practically synonymous with the fossil industry, has pledged be carbon-neutral by 2050 or sooner. Only Spain’s Repsol, a much smaller oil and gas producer, has set so ambitious a 30-year goal. Unsurprisingly, everyone’s wondering how, or even if, BP will make good on its promise. But Europe’s markets regulator is taking steady … Continue reading “Europe wants to help protect oil majors’ good intentions from themselves”

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Mr Trump’s proposed NATOME will be in the Middle East. That’s as ludicrous as the acronym

by Rashmee

Posted on February 14, 2020


It’s hard to see the rationale for Donald Trump’s call on the NATO alliance to increase its involvement in the Middle East.  He’s dreamt up a name for the mission – NATOME (NATO plus the initials of Middle East) – but beyond, there’s no clarity on anything very much. NATO is primarily focused on collective … Continue reading “Mr Trump’s proposed NATOME will be in the Middle East. That’s as ludicrous as the acronym”

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BBC Worklife

by Rashmee

Posted on February 13, 2020 / BBC


I managed to get the Abbasid Caliphate onto the BBC’s business programme. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000fdcx/worklife-13022020

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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 great game…in Africa

by Rashmee

Posted on February 10, 2020


Europe is fighting hard to be relevant to Africa, its nearest continental neighbour. Today (Feb. 10) is the Africa Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia and AU headquarters. And it’s drawn European Council president Charles Michel – he’s been in Addis since Sunday – for some two dozen bilateral meetings with African … Continue reading “The great game…in Africa”

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How far the Greens have come. Or how much the climate has changed

by Rashmee

Posted on February 8, 2020


In Austria, the Greens are in chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s coalition government. In Germany, opinion polls suggest the Greens are on course to enter government. If an election were held in Germany today, the party could win 21 to 23 per cent of the vote. That’s more than the Social Democrats (SPD) and second to the … Continue reading “How far the Greens have come. Or how much the climate has changed”

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A European Singapore, if such an entity were even possible, might be hard for the EU to stop

by Rashmee

Posted on February 7, 2020


How will the European Union (EU) stop Britain from diverging from its rules here on in? How  can the EU do anything about British competitiveness, if indeed Brexit were to be managed in a way that prioritises the building of an agile regulatory system able to foster innovation and nurture efficiency? There’s not a hope … Continue reading “A European Singapore, if such an entity were even possible, might be hard for the EU to stop”

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Two ‘I’s currently seem to define America

by Rashmee

Posted on February 6, 2020


Iowa and impeachment. In the first week of February, an impeached American president was acquitted by a partisan Senate and the first-in-the-nation US presidential election vote was beset by chaos. It would not be extreme to say that to many around the world, Iowa and impeachment currently define America. The two ‘I’s suggest impunity and … Continue reading “Two ‘I’s currently seem to define America”

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Iowa: Not a farce, but an acutely embarrassing tech fail

by Rashmee

Posted on February 4, 2020


Much of the world expected to have woken on Tuesday morning (Feb. 4) to a result from the Iowa caucuses. In fact, in this 2020 cycle, much of the world expected three separate results from Iowa because the Democratic Party changed the rules to count the following: the first choice or “alignment” in caucus parlance … Continue reading “Iowa: Not a farce, but an acutely embarrassing tech fail”

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Today, Iowa caucuses. But to what end when winning is going out of fashion?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 3, 2020


Winning is going out of fashion, we learnt late last year. In early December, Britain’s most prestigious modern art award, the Turner Prize, organised a mass giveaway to the four shortlisted artists, after they had already asked to share the honour. Just weeks before that, judges of the world’s august literary prize, the Booker, refused to … Continue reading “Today, Iowa caucuses. But to what end when winning is going out of fashion?”

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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