You heard right. Some Lebanese want France to revive its colonial oversight

by Rashmee

Posted on August 8, 2020


Imagine Indians imploring Boris Johnson to take back control of the old Raj. Or Brazilians demanding that Portugal’s prime minister António Costa oversee their affairs once again. Or Libyans turning to Italy’s Giuseppe Conte to bring back the old days. Tis true the Lebanese are shocked and grieving after the August 4 Beirut explosion, but … Continue reading “You heard right. Some Lebanese want France to revive its colonial oversight”

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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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What is it about north African countries and leaders in cages?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 24, 2019


Sudan’s former dictator Omar Al Bashir made a second court appearance today (Aug. 21)  four months after widespread protests forced him from office. He peered out through a black metal cage as his trial for corruption continued. It was reminiscent of another ousted north African leader’s trial. That of Mohammed Morsi, ousted by the Egyptian … Continue reading “What is it about north African countries and leaders in cages?”

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Sudan’s story is told in many ways

by Rashmee

Posted on March 5, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


The upheaval in Sudan reminded me of “The Book of Khartoum,” billed when it was published in 2016 as the first major collection of stories from Sudan to be translated into English. Reading it, I was struck by the haunting sense of a city marked by many different power struggles over time. Indeed, Sudan has … Continue reading “Sudan’s story is told in many ways”

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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