Kim Jong Un, the millennial

by Rashmee

Posted on September 6, 2019


Whether or not #Kim Jong Un likes #avo toast, his propensities are not particularly millennial. The thought came to me as I read The Cut’s beautifully illustrated (avocado toast background with five faces) piece on “the five millennials (actually) changing the world.” The five are a surprisingly un-woke bunch. They are: Kim Jong Un (b. … Continue reading “Kim Jong Un, the millennial”

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Nations need to take a bespoke and multi-faceted approach to online regulation

by Rashmee

Posted on May 14, 2019 / The National


Social media possesses immense power to influence our societies. Now, a number of countries are searching for ways to rein it in In the name of fighting “fake news”, Singapore recently passed a law that requires websites and social media apps to remove content the government deems false or “against the public interest”, and to … Continue reading “Nations need to take a bespoke and multi-faceted approach to online regulation”

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Has the ‘delete Facebook’ campaign had effect? Not so you would notice

by Rashmee

Posted on April 25, 2018


Facebook reports quarterly earnings today, the first reckoning-up since an enormous crisis of trust engulfed it. The main thing to watch is usage. Does Facebook in April have fewer users than in January? A change had already come upon Facebook users at the start of the year. Users were starting to spend less time on … Continue reading “Has the ‘delete Facebook’ campaign had effect? Not so you would notice”

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The story of Alfred Nobel should sound a warning for Zuckerberg and his legacy

by Rashmee

Posted on March 27, 2018 / The National


The story goes that Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, was so mortified by an obituary mistakenly run about him by a French newspaper that he  tried to make amends to society by endowing five international prizes for excellence , including one for peace. What was it about the obit that hit Nobel so hard?  Le marchand de … Continue reading “The story of Alfred Nobel should sound a warning for Zuckerberg and his legacy”

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What is civilisation, Ibn Khaldun, famous son of Tunis, wondered in the 14th century

by Rashmee

Posted on December 2, 2017


Sitting in Tunis it feels entirely right and proper to be perusing ‘The Muqaddimah’, the 14th century history book written by Ibn Khaldun. He was a son of Tunis, and a traveller of great perspicacity and imagination. Ibn Khaldun served as a judge in Cairo and a confidante (of sorts) to Tamerlane (Timur), cruel fearsome … Continue reading “What is civilisation, Ibn Khaldun, famous son of Tunis, wondered in the 14th century”

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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