Davos is in lockdown, complete with its crystal ball

by Rashmee

Posted on January 26, 2021


This is the week the World Economic Forum (WEF), normally held in the Alpine surrounds of Davos, goes virtual. Really virtual. No physical events. No hobnobbing, no kibitzing, no frothy fabulous parties. But that hasn’t stopped Davos Man & Woman from peering into their crystal ball, seeking to reveal the future. The 51st edition of … Continue reading “Davos is in lockdown, complete with its crystal ball”

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Davos was meatless yesterday. It probably wasn’t entirely a gimmick

by Rashmee

Posted on January 23, 2020


  My recent Swissair flight to Jerusalem served three kinds of meals: vegetarian, kosher and Hindu. The last two needed to be ordered ahead. If you didn’t, you got the standard meal, which was vegetarian. (So were the kosher and Hindu meals, which were only distinct in the special method of preparation or the distinct … Continue reading “Davos was meatless yesterday. It probably wasn’t entirely a gimmick”

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The Davos pecking order – is brutal, effective, and cynical

by Rashmee

Posted on January 22, 2020


Shock, horror, Davos has a pecking order. The Alpine hothouse that hosts the global elite for four days every January at the World Economic Forum (WEF) classifies attendees. From level 1 through to 7, everyone visiting the magic mountain has a slot. Or, I guess, a level of perceived importance to the WEF. My former … Continue reading “The Davos pecking order – is brutal, effective, and cynical”

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US no-shows mean advantage China at this year’s Davos?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 22, 2019


The elite descend on Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, and it may well be China’s game to lose. There will be no US delegation, no French president and no British prime minister at Davos. But China’s Vice-President Wang Qishan will be in attendance. A piece in the South China Morning Post discussed the possibilities … Continue reading “US no-shows mean advantage China at this year’s Davos?”

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Davos and the Arab project

by Rashmee

Posted on January 28, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


The talkathon-cum-thinkfest that blazed to an end on January 26 at Davos had more leaders and executives from the Arab world in attendance than at any time since it began. The World Economic Forum, to give the high-achievers’ annual conclave its proper name, has been around in one form or the other since 1971. This … Continue reading “Davos and the Arab project”

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Could bamboo literally be the green replacement for plastics?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 24, 2018


  The search for eminently biodegradeable products and materials to serve food, provide packaging and basically serve as an alternative to plastics has thrown up the following, so far: kulhar, the traditional unglazed clay cup from India bamboo a new plastics-free paperboard from southeast Finland, which would be suitable for disposable coffee cups and food … Continue reading “Could bamboo literally be the green replacement for plastics?”

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From #Davos, the Magic Mountain, no wizard offers of socialised power sharing

by Rashmee

Posted on January 24, 2017


Davos, the annual gathering of globally minded technocratic successful people, has ended and …everything is still the way it was. As expected. Despite the head-shaking about inclusive growth, the caterwauling about populist movements, I never heard a single CEO or political leader declare that they would ensure a fairer system – at home. In their … Continue reading “From #Davos, the Magic Mountain, no wizard offers of socialised power sharing”

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Why Tim Berners-Lee’s call for a Magna Carta for the internet may not work

by Rashmee

Posted on January 25, 2016


Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the world’s first web page more than 25 years ago, wants a Magna Carta for the internet. He’s been telling the World Economic Forum in Davos that it’s time all Net-users were guaranteed complete freedom – by governments everwhere. It’s not something he’s thought up this week. Last … Continue reading “Why Tim Berners-Lee’s call for a Magna Carta for the internet may not work”

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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