It’s not quite true that Biden gave Boris a bespoke bike and got a framed Wikipedia photo in return

by Rashmee

Posted on June 14, 2021


/ BLIMEY BLIGHTY Britain may be much poorer for Brexit but it’s not so broke it can’t give the American president a decent gift. Social media has been in a stew about the supposedly cheapskate present given by Boris Johnson to Joe Biden when he met him at the G7 summit in Cornwall. The British prime … Continue reading “It’s not quite true that Biden gave Boris a bespoke bike and got a framed Wikipedia photo in return”

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G7’s global corporate tax pitch is both practical and principled

by Rashmee

Posted on June 8, 2021 / The National


International summits can sometimes be dull and formulaic, but there is a decided buzz about this week’s meeting of leaders of the Group of Seven advanced economies. The G7 summit is in an iodine-rich Cornish seaside resort and it is in person, a sign that the most severe pandemic restrictions are slowly being wound down. … Continue reading “G7’s global corporate tax pitch is both practical and principled”

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Boris Johnson and that honeymoon

by Rashmee

Posted on June 7, 2021


Sometimes, it’s hard for a newly married prime minister to feel the love / BLIMEY BLIGHTY Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister is recently married, a new dad and has impressive public approval numbers. But his own party seems to be increasingly out of love with him. Britain woke to a bright beautiful June day with … Continue reading “Boris Johnson and that honeymoon”

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Young though he is, Macron may suddenly feel the intimations of mortality. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on December 4, 2020


  News reports on 94-year-old Valéry Giscard d’Estaing’s death routinely described France’s former president as “the country’s youngest head of state when elected in 1974”. D’Estaing was 48 when he assumed the presidency. In May 2017, 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron beat d’Estaing’s record. That particular one, anyway. The jury is still out on whether Mr Macron … Continue reading “Young though he is, Macron may suddenly feel the intimations of mortality. Here’s why”

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Trump eviscerates G7 - and America’s leadership

by Rashmee

Posted on May 31, 2020 / The Focus


Donald Trump wants to turn the G7 group of advanced economies into the ‘G10 or 11’ vs G1. Which is to say the US president wants an expanded G7 — with Russia, India, Australia and South Korea added on — to unite against China. This is wishful thinking. If anything, Mr Trump’s decision to postpone the summit, invite into … Continue reading “Trump eviscerates G7 - and America’s leadership”

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Summitry is best captured in satire - if only so much of it wasn’t so achingly accurate

by Rashmee

Posted on June 12, 2018 / The National


Sometimes summitry is best captured in satire. Ahead of today’s Singapore meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, there was dulcet mood music and nakedly transparent attempts by two volatile, very alpha male leaders to court each other. And then there was the grouchy summit in Canada of the G7 advanced economies. Mr Trump got … Continue reading “Summitry is best captured in satire - if only so much of it wasn’t so achingly accurate”

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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