Rather than resilience, the Lebanese may now try cold rage to force change

by Rashmee

Posted on August 6, 2020


The wretchedness of their plight and their growing anger raises a question: are the Lebanese really as stoic as is always claimed? Is there a point at which the famous resilience snaps? Is this, the massive blast that shook Beirut, the moment their resilience snaps? Or has it already happened? On August 3, the day … Continue reading “Rather than resilience, the Lebanese may now try cold rage to force change”

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Syria’s woes go much beyond the civil war. There’s geography and connectedness too

by Rashmee

Posted on December 4, 2019


News that the Syrian pound had hit a record low ($1=920 LS) was a reminder of how futile it is for any one country to wall itself off from the world because geography will find you. In Syria’s case, neighbouring Lebanon’s financial and political crisis is the reason for the sharp drop in its currency’s … Continue reading “Syria’s woes go much beyond the civil war. There’s geography and connectedness too”

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Arab spring, summer, autumn, winter… worldwide

by Rashmee

Posted on November 10, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


While Lebanese and Iraqi protests can force through some change, their amorphousness means they are less likely to trigger a systemic overhaul. In no particular order, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Haiti, Spain, France. That list is not complete. Squalls of street protests around the world are filling television screens and Twitter … Continue reading “Arab spring, summer, autumn, winter… worldwide”

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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