Brexit really has meant Brexit: ‘Let them eat cake’

by Rashmee

Posted on February 1, 2021


/ BREXIT BRITAIN In the month since Brexit properly began, consider all the things that have happened. The European Union (EU) and UK have begun their future relationship with a row over diplomatic protocol. Britain is refusing to grant full diplomatic privileges to the EU’s envoy in London, something more than 140 other countries have … Continue reading “Brexit really has meant Brexit: ‘Let them eat cake’”

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How to read Trump’s threat to bring the army on to America’s streets

by Rashmee

Posted on June 2, 2020 / The Focus


It was Peter Thiel, Donald Trump’s only Silicon Valley supporter before the 2016 US presidential election, who had the best, most insightful line on the property magnate turned politician. The media, said Thiel, takes Trump literally, not seriously. Instead, they should take him seriously, not literally. It’s a distinction without a difference now the US … Continue reading “How to read Trump’s threat to bring the army on to America’s streets”

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Will Iranian oil shutdown hurt India?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 27, 2019 / First Post


What happens after May 1, when the US waiver for India and other major importers of Iranian oil runs out? No drama, or at least no discernible drama. Iran is one of India’s main oil suppliers but New Delhi is affecting insouciance in its first response to American threats against those who continue to do … Continue reading “Will Iranian oil shutdown hurt India?”

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Look Down Under for clues to the New World Dis-Order in this age of President Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on April 16, 2017


Here’s the effect Donald Trump is having on the new world order. Disparate countries are speaking up in unheard-of ways. Many are saying unbelievably undiplomatic things (a la Mr Trump). Almost no one is disavowing nuclear options, sometimes for real. Australia, for example, recently walked away from United Nations talks that seek to ban and … Continue reading “Look Down Under for clues to the New World Dis-Order in this age of President Trump”

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US, Denmark are good examples of countries that got rich – just not quickly & spectacularly

by Rashmee

Posted on March 10, 2017


There’s no such thing as an economic miracle, declared George Mason economics professor Tyler Cowen on Bloomberg View, describing the boring consistency displayed by the US and Denmark over decades. Professor Cowen told it like it – it’s steadiness that makes a country wealthy and well-governed, and that without good governance there can’t be great wealth … Continue reading “US, Denmark are good examples of countries that got rich – just not quickly & spectacularly”

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China finds a new use for coal? A bit of blacking on Kim Jong Un’s face

by Rashmee

Posted on February 20, 2017


Will coal – North Korea’s wealth, strength and sustenance – prove to weaken its leader? Today, (Feb 19) China’s suspension of coal imports from North Korea comes into effect. The suspension will last until the end of the year and the regime Pyongyang is likely to feel the pain of poverty. For coal is the … Continue reading “China finds a new use for coal? A bit of blacking on Kim Jong Un’s face”

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China regulates the internet. Till recently, it did the same for salt. Here’s why #change matters

by Rashmee

Posted on January 9, 2017


Everyone knows that the Chinese government regulates the internet. Did you know that it does the same for salt? Or did, anyway. This year, China overturns a practice going back more than 2,000 years, which gave the government a monopoly on the market in salt, “white gold” as it was once called. Till 2017, salt … Continue reading “China regulates the internet. Till recently, it did the same for salt. Here’s why #change matters”

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Did Rio Olympics shine the light on why BRICS really should have been Cribs?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 22, 2016


It may not be too extreme to say that the Rio Olympics broadly showcased some of the problems faced by Brazil. And of the BRICS, that clutch of nations described in a jaunty acronym. There was a bit of hype and hope and a modicum of gloom. How far we have come from that day in … Continue reading “Did Rio Olympics shine the light on why BRICS really should have been Cribs?”

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Should one think of the Muslim month of Ramadan in English verse?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 8, 2016


Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting started on Monday (June 6) and it struck me that most non-Muslims probably rarely think of it in terms of poetry. English-language poetry. A poem that lays bare the mystical personal struggle for self-dominance and self-control for each person who fasts. Instead, most people think of Ramadan in terms … Continue reading “Should one think of the Muslim month of Ramadan in English verse?”

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Editing DNA will be as significant for us as vaccines to our granddads

by Rashmee

Posted on March 10, 2015


“Engineering the perfect baby,” screams the headline in Technology Review. It’s their “featured story” and explores the rather alarming fact that “scientists are developing ways to edit the DNA of tomorrow’s children.” There’s a reason that Antonio Regalado’s piece is pretty much in the realm of sci-fi. He starts by describing George Church’s lab on … Continue reading “Editing DNA will be as significant for us as vaccines to our granddads”

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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