Cometh the hour, cometh the growth opportunity

by Rashmee

Posted on March 20, 2020


Three sectors are flourishing in the age of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19: New words and phrases New crimes of opportunity New openings for commerce Yesterday, I wrote about the crop of words and phrases already being harvested from the coronavirus outbreak. Click here to read it. If you don’t, here’s a reminder of some of … Continue reading “Cometh the hour, cometh the growth opportunity”

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Cometh the hour, cometh the words that will go viral

by Rashmee

Posted on March 17, 2020


Once upon a time, it was Brexit that added new words to the dictionary. “Brexit” – a portmanteau of the words “Britain” and “exit” – was Brexit’s first linguistic contribution, soon after the referendum of June 23, 2016. Then came “leave”, “remain”, “hard Brexit”, “soft Brexit”, “crashing out”, “backstop”, “Remoaners”, “flextension” and “Henry VIII powers”. … Continue reading “Cometh the hour, cometh the words that will go viral”

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Fear of the ‘other’ causes ructions in Britain and Norway

by Rashmee

Posted on January 26, 2020 / The Arab Weekly


Certain groups of people are being dehumanised and cast as the “other” because of fear. Because of that, the crime of hate is being normalised. In December, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson led his Conservative Party to a huge parliamentary majority, which gave him leeway to steer Brexit, controversial trade talks with the United States … Continue reading “Fear of the ‘other’ causes ructions in Britain and Norway”

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In Turkey, an ominous question: Can war ever be good for public health?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 4, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Can war ever be good for public health? It’s a ludicrous question when the horrendous consequences of the long-running, many-sided Syrian conflict are plain to see on television screens and social media. Dozens are dead as a result of Turkey’s military offensive against the Kurds in Afrin; many were killed by suspected Russian warplanes that … Continue reading “In Turkey, an ominous question: Can war ever be good for public health?”

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As Orwell said in ‘Homage to Catalonia’, hard to be sure about anything but what you’ve seen

by Rashmee

Posted on October 2, 2017


  After the events of Sunday (October 1) in Catalonia, it may be worthwhile to quote from George Orwell’s nearly 80-year-old intensely political book ‘Homage to Catalonia’. He wrote: “I believe that on such an issue as this no one is or can be completely truthful. It is difficult to be certain about anything except … Continue reading “As Orwell said in ‘Homage to Catalonia’, hard to be sure about anything but what you’ve seen”

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Everyone’s talking about George Orwell’s novel ‘1984’. Read his essay ‘Marrakech’ instead

by Rashmee

Posted on February 10, 2017


Everyone is going on about George Orwell and 1984 these days but I would venture to suggest that his essays are a whole lot better and possibly more germane to the moment in which we find ourselves. Especially ‘Marrakech’, which was first published in 1939, and is much less well known than some of his other … Continue reading “Everyone’s talking about George Orwell’s novel ‘1984’. Read his essay ‘Marrakech’ instead”

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Please don’t say ‘I feel like’. The phrase is a sign of a cultural sickening

by Rashmee

Posted on May 6, 2016


When Molly Worthen @MollyWorthen suggests we should all stop saying “I feel like”, I feel like it’s time to listen. Ms Worthen recently wrote an excellent piece on the subject of “vague intuition” in The New York Times’ Sunday Review. She described the “I feel like” school of decision-making as a “broad cultural contagion”. Ms Worthen should … Continue reading “Please don’t say ‘I feel like’. The phrase is a sign of a cultural sickening”

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Unknown knowns: Euphemism & China’s thought controllers?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 19, 2015


China calls its internet police “public opinion analysts”. You’ve got to love it – this is solid proof that doublespeak is a thriving business, way beyond George Orwell’s wildest imaginings of newspeak and doublethink. According to OZY, China employs two million, ahem public opinion analysts to monitor the Internet habits of its 1.36 billion people. … Continue reading “Unknown knowns: Euphemism & China’s thought controllers?”

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Known unknowns: Why America ‘does god’ with a fervent vengeance

by Rashmee

Posted on May 18, 2015


American voters ‘do’ god with a fervent vengeance. It is, of course, ‘one nation under god’. Every major speech by the US president will end with ‘God bless America’. As Kate Cohen writes in ‘The Washington Post’, “religious rhetoric is so compulsory in the United States that it’s anyone’s guess what candidates actually believe.” She … Continue reading “Known unknowns: Why America ‘does god’ with a fervent vengeance”

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Unknown knowns: Hillary Clinton’s ‘other costs’ meant college can’t be free?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 17, 2015


Like most politicians, American or otherwise, Hillary Clinton has a problem with telling it like it is. Saying what she really means. Clarifying things so much that people won’t feel hopeful enough to vote for her. That’s the jargon-free way of explaining why she said this, for example, on her first official campaign stop in March. At … Continue reading “Unknown knowns: Hillary Clinton’s ‘other costs’ meant college can’t be free?”

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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