Imagine what could happen if Africa were truly to celebrate its art (and philosophy)

by Rashmee

Posted on February 18, 2021


/ TAKE UP ONE IDEA No one can accuse the African Union (AU) of overpromising and under-delivering. At their annual summit (February 6-7), held virtually, Africa’s leaders set a goal that was bland and forgettable but also potentially transformative were it to be done correctly. The AU’s theme for 2021 is as follows: Arts, Culture … Continue reading “Imagine what could happen if Africa were truly to celebrate its art (and philosophy)”

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You heard right. Some Lebanese want France to revive its colonial oversight

by Rashmee

Posted on August 8, 2020


Imagine Indians imploring Boris Johnson to take back control of the old Raj. Or Brazilians demanding that Portugal’s prime minister António Costa oversee their affairs once again. Or Libyans turning to Italy’s Giuseppe Conte to bring back the old days. Tis true the Lebanese are shocked and grieving after the August 4 Beirut explosion, but … Continue reading “You heard right. Some Lebanese want France to revive its colonial oversight”

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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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Not a good idea for Trump administration to disrespect Africa’s big chief, but it did

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2017


No one likes getting stood up, but especially high dignitaries from South Asia or Africa or even minor dignitaries who fancy themselves as more important than they really are. In South Asia, honour and respect are big considerations in doing business with people. People like to be addressed as “doctor”, even if they have only … Continue reading “Not a good idea for Trump administration to disrespect Africa’s big chief, but it did”

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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