90 degrees of shade: Haiti stars in new Caribbean photo history book

by Rashmee

Posted on November 10, 2014


It stands to reason that Haiti features prominently in the luscious new photography book ‘90 Degrees of Shade: Image and Identity in the West Indies – Over 100 Years of Photography in the Caribbean’. With a 10 million population, a stirring and inspirational history and a tragic contemporary story, Haiti looms large in any Caribbean … Continue reading “90 degrees of shade: Haiti stars in new Caribbean photo history book”

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Remembering Mother Teresa and Michele Duvalier, circa 1981

by Rashmee

Posted on September 20, 2013


It was an article in the Pacific Magazine that reminded me of something I barely remembered. That Mother Teresa praised ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier’s regime or at least his wife’s charity and grace to the poor. There is a famous photograph of the little Albanian nun holding hands with the slim, soignée Michele Duvalier. She praised the … Continue reading “Remembering Mother Teresa and Michele Duvalier, circa 1981”

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Template for Pakistan? The debt-defying decisions of Ecuador’s Rafael Correa

by Rashmee

Posted on July 1, 2013


For weeks, Rafael Correa has featured in the news only in relation to Edward Snowden. But then today, in Pakistan’s Frontier Post of all places, appears a reference to the other time the Ecuadorean president insisted on going his own way, in defiance of accepted norms. “In 2008 he repudiated Ecuador’s national debt of $ … Continue reading “Template for Pakistan? The debt-defying decisions of Ecuador’s Rafael Correa”

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Is there any point reading Graham Greene’s Haiti novel in 2013?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 31, 2013


I was finally driven to read ‘The Comedians’ by my second visit to The Oloffson, the hotel that goes by the name of Trianon in the novel. Moving to Haiti had meant too much to do and too little time to do it in. I had neglected to read Graham Greene’s remarkable novel about Haiti … Continue reading “Is there any point reading Graham Greene’s Haiti novel in 2013?”

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Duvalier hearing continues: It won’t make the tabloids

by Rashmee

Posted on March 14, 2013


The lack of media interest in today’s Duvalier hearing reminded me of Oscar Wilde. Ever the epigrammist and with a searing capacity to go to the heart of the matter, he once mentioned the public’s “insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing (and) journalism’s (habit of) supplying their demands.” So to the court … Continue reading “Duvalier hearing continues: It won’t make the tabloids”

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Think Chris Huhne, when you talk Baby Doc, Modi

by Rashmee

Posted on March 12, 2013


Pay attention to the Chris Huhne story playing itself out in Britain, all those who seek justice for alleged suffering at the hands of Jean Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier. Or those who pursue Narendra Modi, the supremely efficient chief minister of the Indian state of Gujarat, for his administration’s alleged complicity in communal riots that … Continue reading “Think Chris Huhne, when you talk Baby Doc, Modi”

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Why Narendra Modi should be reading about Baby Doc

by Rashmee

Posted on March 3, 2013


So they’re all reporting on Jean Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier’s unexpected appearance in court (on Thursday). Does it matter? Yes. I would venture to suggest that all that’s happening in Haiti – no matter how it turns out, and whenever, wherever  – is an example – perhaps even a beacon – to other parts of … Continue reading “Why Narendra Modi should be reading about Baby Doc”

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Al Jazeera, the Agronomist and messages of change

by Rashmee

Posted on February 22, 2013


Al-Jazeera was in the Haitian capital, watching the court hearing that wasn’t, ie when ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier once again missed his scheduled appointment with justice. And I suddenly remembered the late Jean Dominique, agronomist and activist. Dominique, as the Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme demonstrated in his 2003 documentary ‘The Agronomist’, brilliantly pushed the limits of … Continue reading “Al Jazeera, the Agronomist and messages of change”

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Baby Doc Duvalier not in court: What now?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 21, 2013


“Baby Doc isn’t showing,” tweeted Reed Brody of Human Rights Watch from the courtroom in Port au Prince where Baby Doc was expected at 10 am today. A betting man might have made a fortune out of any wager on whether or not Haiti’s ex-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier would make it into court and whether he … Continue reading “Baby Doc Duvalier not in court: What now?”

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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