As Pope Francis visits Iraq, the real story may be mediaeval Baghdad’s inter-faith harmony

by Rashmee

Posted on March 6, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… As Pope Francis continues his three-day visit to Iraq, much of the media has described it as an attempt to “support one of the world’s oldest Christian communities”. And then this further point is made, as in The New York Times: “The ranks of Iraq’s Christians have dwindled to roughly a third … Continue reading “As Pope Francis visits Iraq, the real story may be mediaeval Baghdad’s inter-faith harmony”

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Leadership and the lessons from an empire in decline – in 10th century Baghdad

by Rashmee

Posted on April 14, 2020 / The Focus


The pandemic is the first global crisis in more than 50 years where no country is looking towards the US for leadership. Two things are vital during a global pandemic – a vaccine and leadership. A vaccine isn’t expected at least for a year – so what about leadership? Trump-led America is an empire in … Continue reading “Leadership and the lessons from an empire in decline – in 10th century Baghdad”

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Leadership and the lessons from an empire in decline – in 10th century Baghdad

by Rashmee

Posted on April 9, 2020


This is the first global crisis in more than 50 years where no country is looking towards the US for leadership. If there’s anything that’s needed in a global pandemic it is a vaccine and leadership. A vaccine is not expected at least for a year, but what about leadership? Trump-led America is an empire … Continue reading “Leadership and the lessons from an empire in decline – in 10th century Baghdad”

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The Catholic Pope’s visit to the Arabian Peninsula reprised Abbasid times

by Rashmee

Posted on March 6, 2019


Weeks after Pope Francis visited the United Arab Emirates, the implications remain profound. For the Middle East, birthplace and cradle of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, there is considerable resonance in the document signed by the Pope and  Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar mosque and university. The ‘Document on Human Fraternity’, as it’s called, … Continue reading “The Catholic Pope’s visit to the Arabian Peninsula reprised Abbasid times”

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The Thousand And One Nights quality of the reporting on Saudi King’s travels

by Rashmee

Posted on March 11, 2017


It’s rather amusing the way the western media is reporting the Saudi king’s month-long travels through Asia. Journalists are goggle-eyed at the massive amounts of luggage and the armies of people accompanying King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz. Why wouldn’t he? He’s rich and 81 and evidently has a mission – a remarkable pivot to Asia. … Continue reading “The Thousand And One Nights quality of the reporting on Saudi King’s travels”

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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