The only real link between Chile, Lebanon, Algeria, Hong Kong is the word ‘protest’

by Rashmee

Posted on November 3, 2019


  The editor of Open Democracy, the UK political website, pointed out a crucial point the other day: “Over the past month, the list of countries engulfed by mass protests has grown ever longer – Chile, Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria, Haiti, Hong Kong and Spain, to name a few. There’s a temptation to draw connections. Each … Continue reading “The only real link between Chile, Lebanon, Algeria, Hong Kong is the word ‘protest’”

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The Long Arab Spring? A guide to Sudan and Algeria

by Rashmee

Posted on June 4, 2019


The gloves have come off in Sudan. Sudan’s  Transitional Military Council (TMC) has indicated it intends to be not particularly transitional. TMC head General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan  said in a statement broadcast on state television that they had decided to “stop negotiating with the Alliance for Freedom and Change and cancel what had been agreed … Continue reading “The Long Arab Spring? A guide to Sudan and Algeria”

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The lessons of Sudan and Algeria: Democracy has to be forced like a hyacinth bulb

by Rashmee

Posted on April 13, 2019


I think what’s clear from the continuing protests in Sudan and Algeria is that ordinary people do not believe in springtime or a budding democracy. They know that democracy has to be forced to bloom – a bit like a hyacinth bulb meant to be in full flower at Christmas. The bulb has to be … Continue reading “The lessons of Sudan and Algeria: Democracy has to be forced like a hyacinth bulb”

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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