144 carats of good news – Angola’s first public diamond auction ever

by Rashmee

Posted on February 1, 2019


As an indefatigable good news prospector, I offer you this nugget: Angola is auctioning a diamond and everyone, including Angolans, knows what’s going on. This is huge. Not the diamond, which at 144 carats is not the biggest in the world or notable in any way other than the fact that its sale is public. … Continue reading “144 carats of good news – Angola’s first public diamond auction ever”

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Angola, Zimbabwe, now South Africa? Africa’s new mania for orderly change

by Rashmee

Posted on February 12, 2018


Today’s ANC meeting in South Africa is simply remarkable. It illustrates the mania for orderly change that appears to be sweeping the African continent. First, Angola’s president José Eduardo dos Santos stepped aside after 38 years in power. Then Robert Mugabe, one of Africa’s longest-serving and oldest leaders, was forced out of office without bloodshed … Continue reading “Angola, Zimbabwe, now South Africa? Africa’s new mania for orderly change”

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Charlottesville spoofs not enough. Western media knows its double standard, so why not stop?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 18, 2017


Every now and then, some western media outlet decides to have a bit of fun and cover some event in the West in the same way as they would a foreign country. So, for example, the election of Donald Trump despite a campaign filled with scandal. Or Mr Trump’s insertion of family members into his … Continue reading “Charlottesville spoofs not enough. Western media knows its double standard, so why not stop?”

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‘It’s as if Trump is the don and he only trusts his close family members’

by Rashmee

Posted on April 7, 2017


One can only hope Thomas Mann, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, is fine and dandy next week as this. I acknowledge some anxiety on Mr Mann’s account because of this septuagenarian political scientist professor, author and thinker said a few days ago. It was about the Family Trump or rather America’s newest mafia … Continue reading “‘It’s as if Trump is the don and he only trusts his close family members’”

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A president, his daughter & business success in a country whose name starts with ‘A’

by Rashmee

Posted on January 7, 2017


So what do you know about Angola? Most people will know only the following: that it is in Africa and that it was once a Portuguese colony Some others might also know that Angola has been ruled for a long time by a man named Jose Eduardo dos Santos. But even they would probably find … Continue reading “A president, his daughter & business success in a country whose name starts with ‘A’”

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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