Why China may not want to ‘become more like a western country’

by Rashmee

Posted on July 9, 2020 / The Focus


Just the other day, Sir Malcolm Rifkind was on the BBC World Service, fulminating about …

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The post-pandemic restaurant

by Rashmee

Posted on June 26, 2020 / The Focus


Robot cooks and servers. Mannequins to enforce social distancing. Two ideas for the post-pandemic restaurant …

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A year in protests. It underlined our interconnectedness

by Rashmee

Posted on December 13, 2019


As the year hastens to an end, journalists like me are trying to discern the …

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The only real link between Chile, Lebanon, Algeria, Hong Kong is the word ‘protest’

by Rashmee

Posted on November 3, 2019


  The editor of Open Democracy, the UK political website, pointed out a crucial point …

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Hong Kong, Paris and Santiago are relatively rich but restive. A development economist explains why

by Rashmee

Posted on October 30, 2019


I’m rivetted by Jeffrey Sachs’ analysis of why rich cities rebel. Paris, Hong Kong and …

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Hong Kong’s last British governor offers a pragmatic view of how to fix things

by Rashmee

Posted on October 7, 2019


The Chinese probably won’t want to be taking anyone’s advice on Hong Kong and certainly …

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Kashmir and Hong Kong are not the same

by Rashmee

Posted on August 18, 2019


With protests in Hong Kong going into their 11th straight week and the Kashmir …

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The focus on Hong Kong’s protests rather than Sudan says a lot

by Rashmee

Posted on July 2, 2019


How much have you heard and read about frenzied street protests recently? If you have, …

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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