Funeral watch in the Middle East?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 14, 2018


Bloomberg carried a doleful piece last week. It was about the “funeral watch” – in and of the Middle East. Bobby Ghosh puts forward the view that rather than “demographics and technology”, the region will be changed by “human mortality”. Where all else has failed, not least revolution and foreign intervention, death will provide results. … Continue reading “Funeral watch in the Middle East?”

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Don’t let the hype fool you, dictators are not becoming more democratic?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 13, 2015


Robert D Kaplan and Dafna H Rand of the Center for a New American Security say that dictators’ new appreciation of public opinion is “part of a global transition to more democracy.” In their engagingly titled piece ‘The Postmodern Autocrat’s Handbook’, they admit that the more-democracy project “will take time”. But they argue that we are … Continue reading “Don’t let the hype fool you, dictators are not becoming more democratic?”

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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