Both the US and Europe have a shrinking geography of opportunity

by Rashmee

Posted on January 27, 2020


Coincidentally, I read a Brandeis University report on ‘The Geography of Child Opportunity’ in the US the same day I came across a statistic on poverty in western Europe. According to gross domestic product (GDP)estimates reconstructed by economic historians for nearly 200 subnational regions across western Europe going back a century, regional inequality stopped narrowing … Continue reading “Both the US and Europe have a shrinking geography of opportunity”

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Balzac praised the local grocer as ‘the strongest of social links’. The West isn’t picking up on it

by Rashmee

Posted on January 24, 2020


When it comes to communal well being, never under-estimate the unique role of the local grocer, the butcher, the baker, and the greasy-spoon up the road. In 1840, Honoré de Balzac’s praised the local grocer as “the strongest of social links”. So, what happens when the grocer shuts shop, forced out of business by supermarkets? … Continue reading “Balzac praised the local grocer as ‘the strongest of social links’. The West isn’t picking up on it”

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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 defining patterns of 2019. One of these has to be the slew of protests that roiled various countries. Three broad points can be discerned: Some of the protests were in unlikely places Many of them were about the same sorts … Continue reading “A year in protests. It underlined our interconnectedness”

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The people’s rebuke is significant for Chile, a country once hailed as a miracle

by Rashmee

Posted on November 20, 2019 / The National


Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion it is said, but not the whole story. Sometimes the narrative unfolds less lyrically, in prose. On Friday, Chile announced a referendum to ditch its dictatorship-era constitution, which prioritised the free market for nearly 40 years and ensured steady growth, little public debt, a large sovereign wealth fund and … Continue reading “The people’s rebuke is significant for Chile, a country once hailed as a miracle”

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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