Christmas is over but Australia seems in the mood to play Santa

by Rashmee

Posted on January 19, 2019


Just days ago (Thursday, January 17), Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Canberra would expand a regional labour scheme that would allow Fijians and others in the neighbourhood (Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) to work in Australia for up to three years. Significantly, Mr Morrison was speaking in Suva, the Fijian … Continue reading “Christmas is over but Australia seems in the mood to play Santa”

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Bit by bit, the new world order is being born…today, it’s with trans-Pacific trade

by Rashmee

Posted on December 30, 2018


Today (December 30), the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) comes into force. This was formerly the Trans Pacific Partnership, that Asia-facing trade deal from which Donald Trump wilfully, vengefully withdrew the United States in January 2017. That the renamed agreement comes into force two years on from America’s flouncing out is significant. It shows … Continue reading “Bit by bit, the new world order is being born…today, it’s with trans-Pacific trade”

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A layperson’s guide to all that’s right with the Trans-Pacific Partnership

by Rashmee

Posted on October 12, 2015


The ranks of those who understand every clause of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are crowded. (I jest, just a little). Equally crowded are the ranks of those who criticize it roundly. (No joke). But here, for what it’s worth is a layperson’s guide to all that’s right about the TPP, drawing heavily from the transmitted … Continue reading “A layperson’s guide to all that’s right with the Trans-Pacific Partnership”

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The new island near Tonga might be like the virgin earth, at the dawn of time

by Rashmee

Posted on March 18, 2015


The first photographs of a newly formed island in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Tonga, reminded me of the magic of islands. Those of us who did not live on an island, set sail for them through Enid Blyton’s Adventurous Four. When Tom, Jill and Mary and their raggedy fishing friend Andy went … Continue reading “The new island near Tonga might be like the virgin earth, at the dawn of time”

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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