O brave new world. It’s the week it opens the door and gingerly peers out

by Rashmee

Posted on May 10, 2020


This is the week the world tries to recover its nerve even though we remain months away from a vaccine for Covid-19 and still have no cure. As 15-year-old Miranda said in Act V of The Tempest: “How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world That has such people in’t!” Indeed, rather a brave attempt … Continue reading “O brave new world. It’s the week it opens the door and gingerly peers out”

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Mr Trump’s new wealth test for legal immigrants should’ve come from US Congress

by Rashmee

Posted on August 13, 2019


Before anyone gets overly outraged by Donald Trump’s new broader assault on the US immigration system, consider the following: ** many countries, not least in the western world, deny non-citizen permanent residents the right to rely on the public purse ** Britain is one such country ** in itself, Mr Trump’s new rule is not … Continue reading “Mr Trump’s new wealth test for legal immigrants should’ve come from US Congress”

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Britain’s Conservative govt prepares budget worthy of Trump’s Republicans

by Rashmee

Posted on October 30, 2018


Hard not to applaud the British government’s eye-catching revenue-raising measure, one of very few in the new budget: a levy on larger tech companies, such as Google, Facebook and eBay. On Monday, October 29, British chancellor Philip Hammond said the UK was tired of waiting for an international agreement to target the tech giants and … Continue reading “Britain’s Conservative govt prepares budget worthy of Trump’s Republicans”

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Europe in the #Alternative #2017 of the space-time continuum

by Rashmee

Posted on December 28, 2017


Every year-ender ends on an uncertain note. The space-time continuum demands nothing less. Pay attention to the tone of all those web listicles, newspaper box items, editorials and year-ender features. They’re not definitive. How can they be? How can you measure events in a finite amount of time when time is not finite for all … Continue reading “Europe in the #Alternative #2017 of the space-time continuum”

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Pakistan and India at 70: Is this a moment to be proud or to mourn lost opportunities?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 16, 2017 / The National


India and Pakistan ran into the 70th birthday blues this week, which is to say a milestone that has none of the excitement or life-changing portentous of a 21st, 50th, 75th or a 100th anniversary. In fact, for a 70th birthday to be significant at all, it should have been achieved in the Mark Twain … Continue reading “Pakistan and India at 70: Is this a moment to be proud or to mourn lost opportunities?”

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A British oath of allegiance? An idea, for sure, but what penalty for breaking it

by Rashmee

Posted on December 20, 2016


Britian’s communities secretary Sajid Javed has suggested an oath of allegiance for public officials, new citizens and even migrants who aren’t seeking citizenship at the time. The core element of the idea – a pledge to uphold British values – comes from a government-commissioned report on social cohesion by a senior official Louise Casey. Though … Continue reading “A British oath of allegiance? An idea, for sure, but what penalty for breaking it”

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US presidential elections go on so long they’re a crying shame. Literally

by Rashmee

Posted on September 2, 2016


A Boston Globe columnist has been reminding Americans why the presidential election is a crying shame. Just days before the 2012 election, wrote Jeff Jacoby, there was that YouTube video of a four-year-old girl crying piteously over the constant stories about “Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney”. The 21-second video went viral, and was viewed more … Continue reading “US presidential elections go on so long they’re a crying shame. Literally”

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Nationalism is the new normal in global politics

by Rashmee

Posted on September 1, 2016 / The National


A week ago, American presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton spoke at length about a phenomenon she identified as “the rising tide of right-wing nationalism”. Describing it as worldwide, she blamed her Republican Party opponent Donald Trump for bringing the “alt right” (alternative right) out of the shadows with its white nationalist ideas, racism, misogyny and anti-Muslim … Continue reading “Nationalism is the new normal in global politics”

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#Brexit shows the perils of politicians passing the buck to the public

by Rashmee

Posted on June 28, 2016


Could the British parliament make the big decision? Is it required to do so? Yes, according to Dr Jo Murkens, LSE law professor. And others, not least Conservative MP Ken Clarke. But Dr Murkens lays out the clearest case for parliament doing what it’s meant to in a parliamentary democracy. On Monday, she told LBC that British … Continue reading “#Brexit shows the perils of politicians passing the buck to the public”

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#Brexit: Mujahideen gallows humour & Egypt’s Bassem Youssef on empire

by Rashmee

Posted on June 27, 2016


Here’s a post-Brexit message from one radical Islamist to another. Transmitted via Telegram, a cloud-based instant messaging service, the note is funny enough to make anyone almost like these fellows: “The mujahideen will keep their cells in UK separate from EU in respect of #Brexit”. Who would’ve thought that “the mujahideen” would have a sense of humour? It … Continue reading “#Brexit: Mujahideen gallows humour & Egypt’s Bassem Youssef on empire”

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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