And the country of the year is…

by Rashmee

Posted on December 26, 2020


  Last year, The Economist picked Uzbekistan as its country of the year. The late despot Islam Karimov’s country had a long way to go, it said, “but no other country travelled as far in 2019”. The year before The Economist picked Armenia. The “an ancient and misruled nation in a turbulent region” now has … Continue reading “And the country of the year is…”

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Look who’s having a good pandemic. A female ‘authoritarian’ leader

by Rashmee

Posted on May 6, 2020


Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Anez was meant to be in the job for just the few weeks it took to organise elections after the country’s long-serving leader Evo Morales quit in November amid electoral fraud allegations. Six months on, she’s still in the Palacio Quemado, the president’s official residence. What’s more, she has rejected a parliamentary … Continue reading “Look who’s having a good pandemic. A female ‘authoritarian’ leader”

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The people’s rebuke is significant for Chile, a country once hailed as a miracle

by Rashmee

Posted on November 20, 2019 / The National


Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion it is said, but not the whole story. Sometimes the narrative unfolds less lyrically, in prose. On Friday, Chile announced a referendum to ditch its dictatorship-era constitution, which prioritised the free market for nearly 40 years and ensured steady growth, little public debt, a large sovereign wealth fund and … Continue reading “The people’s rebuke is significant for Chile, a country once hailed as a miracle”

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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