Is this an inflection point, just like 1989?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 15, 2019


In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. A couple of years later, the Soviet Union collapsed. Soviet-style communism ended as well. (What survived in West Bengal, Kerala, not to speak of China and North Korea is not communism.) Now, consider 2019. A growing number of Americans say they support some form of socialism. And Chile has just announced a … Continue reading “Is this an inflection point, just like 1989?”

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A bit of the 28-year-old Berlin Wall sits on my 150-year old dresser

by Rashmee

Posted on November 9, 2019


On the 150-year-old built-in dresser in my kitchen sits a bit of the Berlin Wall. It’s in a bottle – a small bit of tourist kitsch sold in Berlin near Checkpoint Charlie – and it’s always sobering to look at it and consider how young the Wall was compared to the dresser. (Also, how consequential … Continue reading “A bit of the 28-year-old Berlin Wall sits on my 150-year old dresser”

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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