Next big thing: Dumbphones smart enough to access the internet

by Rashmee

Posted on January 7, 2015


Dumbphones just smart enough to access the internet will probably be the next big thing. Microsoft has just announced a new entry-level mobile phone bearing the Nokia brand and it’s a steal at $29 before taxes. If I were in the ‘global south’ – Haiti, the Domincan Republic, Afghanistan, India, parts of the Middle East … Continue reading “Next big thing: Dumbphones smart enough to access the internet”

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Imagine a new Caribbean tradition of Flamboyant tree viewing picnics

by Rashmee

Posted on May 11, 2014


This lyrical piece on Sakura, Japan’s short, intensely beautiful spring season of cherry-tree flowering, the ‘blossom front’ that is monitored by the Japanese tourism agency and remarkable tradition of hanami or flower-viewing picnics, made me think of the Flamboyant tree. During Sakura, writes Rebecca Giggs, “the cherries’ high, white foam pours through avenues that lead … Continue reading “Imagine a new Caribbean tradition of Flamboyant tree viewing picnics”

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Jacmel: Pearl of the Caribbean. Precious stone set in the brilliant sea

by Rashmee

Posted on April 29, 2014


It’s been almost exactly a month since Jacmel in southern Haiti formally applied to become one of UNESCO’s Creative Cities. If it’s successful – and we’ll know by November 30 – Jacmel would be the first ‘Creative City’ in the Caribbean and a member of an exclusive global urban club. Starting with Edinburgh in 2004, the UNESCO … Continue reading “Jacmel: Pearl of the Caribbean. Precious stone set in the brilliant sea”

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The feast of the goat: Eid for a Christian country like the Dominican Republic?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 18, 2013


The Dominican Republic’s flag bears a Bible but the fanciful, the ignorant, or those with a heightened awareness of Islam, might say the country twins with Muslim ones in a very particular way – everywhere, there is reference to the feast of the goat, suggesting an eid sacrifice. It isn’t eid at all, of course, … Continue reading “The feast of the goat: Eid for a Christian country like the Dominican Republic?”

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Columbus Day in the first, marred tip of the ‘New World’

by Rashmee

Posted on October 17, 2013


There was something curiously fitting – if mildly woeful – about being in the Dominican Republic on Columbus Day. This is where some still believe his bones lie – out in that lighthouse across the Ozama river. This is where he met the Taino people, for whom the New World was not new but would … Continue reading “Columbus Day in the first, marred tip of the ‘New World’”

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What law is DR violating? Of fairness, humanity, natural justice to #Haiti

by Rashmee

Posted on October 4, 2013


Alex Laguerre, my kreyol teacher pointed out the obvious. “Isn’t the Dominican Republic a sovereign country (pa Santo Domingo yon souverènte peyi)”, he asked. “On what grounds can the United Nations challenge its decision to change its citizenship laws (sou pwensip ki kapab nasyonzini défi desizyon li pou chanje lwa sitwayènte li)?” Or words to … Continue reading “What law is DR violating? Of fairness, humanity, natural justice to #Haiti”

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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