UNGA 2019: there’s always a story behind a no-show

by Rashmee

Posted on September 18, 2019 / The National


Who attends the United Nations General Assembly every year – and more crucially, who doesn’t – makes for a handy snapshot of the political state of the world. The no-shows are generally significant because they indicate the seriousness of ongoing, homegrown crises in disparate parts of the world. A leader dealing with regional, national or … Continue reading “UNGA 2019: there’s always a story behind a no-show”

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What to look forward to (or not) in 2019

by Rashmee

Posted on January 10, 2019


It’s going to be a politically busy 2019 though there’s no certainty it’ll be a happy new year. On New Year’s Day, Jair Bolsonaro was inaugurated president of Brazil. The man dubbed the “Trump of the Tropics” has promised to “break the system”, but that might be more the mould – democratic norms etc – … Continue reading “What to look forward to (or not) in 2019”

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Around the world, the perils and potential of democracy will be laid bare

by Rashmee

Posted on January 2, 2019 / The National


From the inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro to the upcoming Indian election, 2019 is set to be an eventful year In political terms, 2019 is going to be a busy year, but there are no guarantees that it will be a happy one. Today, Jair Bolsonaro will be inaugurated as president of Brazil. The man widely … Continue reading “Around the world, the perils and potential of democracy will be laid bare”

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If we want to save Britain from its post-Brexit economic fate, we should support Theresa May’s investment in Africa

by Rashmee

Posted on August 28, 2018 / The Independent


Theresa May has joined in a new scramble for Africa but this one is neither wholly European nor intentionally and hideously opaque as in centuries past. In fact, May is pretty upfront about Britain’s hopes and aims in Africa, as she visits the continent’s three largest economies — South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Brexit Britain, which has … Continue reading “If we want to save Britain from its post-Brexit economic fate, we should support Theresa May’s investment in Africa”

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In Nigeria, women are blowing up babies & themselves. And 7 countries still have child soldiers

by Rashmee

Posted on February 6, 2017


In Nigeria, children are being harnessed to acts of terrorism in a particularly horrible way – babies are carried towards targets by women wearing suicide vests. If you missed it, the newest abomination was demonstrated by two women at a security checkpoint in the north-eastern town of Madagali on January 13. The babies made them … Continue reading “In Nigeria, women are blowing up babies & themselves. And 7 countries still have child soldiers”

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Donald Trump’s G & G cabinet. Goldman Sachs and Generals make for a khakistocracy

by Rashmee

Posted on December 16, 2016


It was Claire McCaskill, the Democratic senator from Missouri, who pithily described the emerging cabinet, as it takes shape under US president-elect Donald Trump’s (tiny?) hands: “It’s the G&G cabinet,” she said, “It does seem to be fairly limited to Goldman Sachs and generals.” Here’s the tally so far. Three generals – John Kelly, James … Continue reading “Donald Trump’s G & G cabinet. Goldman Sachs and Generals make for a khakistocracy”

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Iraq. Bangladesh…Are some countries second-class triggers of global grief?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 11, 2016


Some countries are second-class triggers of global grief. It’s true, for all that we pretend to care equally about everyone all the time. Anne Barnard, The New York Times’s Beirut bureau chief, recently wrote about some people’s outrage that there was insufficient global outrage about last week’s deaths in Iraq, Turkey, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. Those … Continue reading “Iraq. Bangladesh…Are some countries second-class triggers of global grief?”

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Thank god the Buharimeter is nothing like wearable tech for politicians

by Rashmee

Posted on July 26, 2015


The after-arguments of the Buharimeter – a website that tracks the Nigerian president’s performance on each of his campaign promises  – makes me think of ‘The Circle’. In Dave Eggers’ frightening futuristic novel, politicians and others eventually start to wear so-called ‘SeeChange’ cameras manufactured by the powerful technology company The Circle. It is supposed to … Continue reading “Thank god the Buharimeter is nothing like wearable tech for politicians”

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Dance, there’s just so much to celebrate about Nigeria this week

by Rashmee

Posted on April 3, 2015


Even the cynical would have to admit that there’s something hugely uplifting about the end of Nigeria’s election. The fact that the defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan actually rang his victorious rival to congratulate him, seems exceedingly mature in terms of a country’s democratic age (which isn’t very long at all because the military was … Continue reading “Dance, there’s just so much to celebrate about Nigeria this week”

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What can the Nigerian army do by March 28 that it couldn’t in last 5 years?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 10, 2015


What can the Nigerian army do by March 28 that it could not in the last five years? It’s a legitimate question just days after Nigeria’s February 14 election was finally postponed to a point six weeks hence. Kicking the can down the road will be no help, many Nigerians are now saying. It’s a … Continue reading “What can the Nigerian army do by March 28 that it couldn’t in last 5 years?”

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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