Geopolitics and conscious uncoupling – up to a point

by Rashmee

Posted on September 18, 2020


‘Conscious uncoupling’ became famous – both as a term and a concept – in 2014, when actress Gywneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin were in the throes of a divorce. But the neologism was coined much before, and not by Ms Paltrow. In fact, it was California marriage and family therapist Katherine Woodward Thomas who … Continue reading “Geopolitics and conscious uncoupling – up to a point”

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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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Trump needn’t worry about ‘rigged’ poll. OSCE is an observer & Putin rather likes them

by Rashmee

Posted on August 6, 2016


Donald Trump has said he worries the November 8 election will be “rigged” against him but surely he must take some comfort from the fact that America’s trysts with the ballot box are routinely observed by the OSCE? That the organization, which has traditionally focused on monitoring elections in emerging democracies, has formally done so … Continue reading “Trump needn’t worry about ‘rigged’ poll. OSCE is an observer & Putin rather likes them”

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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