Pakistan Needs A Malala Effect From Education To Sex

by Rashmee

Posted on January 4, 2013


Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot at by the Taliban in October, was discharged from hospital in Birmingham, England just hours before I discussed Pakistan’s desperate need for a “Malala effect” with a journalist from Peshawar. And this extends from education to a healthier view of sex Syed Irfan Ashraf writes for Dawn … Continue reading “Pakistan Needs A Malala Effect From Education To Sex”

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Don’t ask where best to be born but where best to live?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 2, 2013


One cannot but be struck by title of The Economist blog “Where to be born in 2013”. In a calculation that “links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys to objective determinants of the quality of life” across 80 countries, The Economist Intelligence Unit has come up with an entirely subjective list that enshrines Switzerland at … Continue reading “Don’t ask where best to be born but where best to live?”

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India: Still waiting for the sexual revolution

by Rashmee

Posted on December 21, 2012


The brutal gangrape in Delhi of a 23-year-old woman has set off a particularly vicious fury, a public call for vengeance, a hang-them cry that might be right out of 18th century France in the throes of the Revolution. Most Indians seem outraged by the tragedy in a way that seems to suggest a surprised … Continue reading “India: Still waiting for the sexual revolution”

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Can’t ban guns? Tax ammo through the roof

by Rashmee

Posted on December 20, 2012


If you can’t ban guns, at least raise taxes on ammunition. By 100 per cent or even 500 per cent. The US would be a safer place and the gun lobby would have less reason to be up in arms. Excuse the pun. But the whole idea of taxing ammunition has an excellent pedigree. Back … Continue reading “Can’t ban guns? Tax ammo through the roof”

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Chavez successor Venezuela’s Uriah Heep?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 13, 2012


So the Venezuelan vice-president Nicolas Maduro is pleading with President Chavez to return to Caracas because “we’re waiting for you here…your children, we who’ve sworn to be loyal to you even beyond this life.” Quite apart from the 58-year-old Chavez being rather too young to be the ‘father’ of his people, Mr Maduro ‘s remarks are … Continue reading “Chavez successor Venezuela’s Uriah Heep?”

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What on earth is Celebrity Studies?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 12, 2012


One of the world’s most extraordinary conferences opens in Melbourne on Wednesday, December 12. It’s called ‘Celebrity Studies’ and it’s the first time it’s been held. Ever. It is the inaugural conference of the eponymous journal. And the press release promises that it will put the “spotlight on celebrity culture”. Do we really need any … Continue reading “What on earth is Celebrity Studies?”

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Down Down Under? Stuff and nonsense

by Rashmee

Posted on December 10, 2012


Anyone following the screaming headlines about the “fragile” and teary Australian radio hosts who made the prank call to the private London hospital treating Kate Middleton is entitled to be appalled by the apparently global retreat from common sense. This story, which is running strongly and high on news bulletins around the world, is  an excellent example … Continue reading “Down Down Under? Stuff and nonsense”

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Israeli PM sees both Hamas, Fatah as ‘moving away from peace’. Shame

by Rashmee

Posted on December 9, 2012


Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, at the Council on Foreign Relations, metaphorically shakes his head at the unrelenting odiousness of Hamas in his blog. Why he cries, in honest despair, would “anyone who seeks peace promote reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas and seek to bring Hamas into the governing of the PLO … Continue reading “Israeli PM sees both Hamas, Fatah as ‘moving away from peace’. Shame”

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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