No evidence pandemic is boosting xenophobia in Europe

by Rashmee

Posted on March 29, 2020 / The Arab Weekly


Post-coronavirus, both the left and the right may be increasingly in sync, albeit for different reasons. One might have thought the coronavirus pandemic would have been an instant and massive boost to xenophobia in Europe and this would be particularly true of Italy. For it is in Italy that the pandemic has taken its greatest … Continue reading “No evidence pandemic is boosting xenophobia in Europe”

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In time of coronavirus, Taiwan has a doctor in the house (or the vice-president’s office)

by Rashmee

Posted on March 23, 2020


Taiwan’s treatment of the coronavirus pandemic is considered extraordinary and quite remarkable, tough, transparent and effective. Consider this. Even though 850,000 of Taiwan’s 23 million citizens live in mainland China and 400,000 work there, Taiwan has just 169 cases (as of March 23) compared to more than 80,000 in China. How did this happen? Two … Continue reading “In time of coronavirus, Taiwan has a doctor in the house (or the vice-president’s office)”

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The deadliest diseases aren’t newly introduced into the human species

by Rashmee

Posted on September 8, 2014


Wendy Orent, Atlanta-based disease-specialist anthropologist, says the deadliest diseases aren’t the newest ones and nor will they emerge as a result of human intrusion into the natural world (such as the hunting of ‘bushmeat’ – rodents, rabbits, monkeys, apes). This because there’s “nothing new in the intimate contact between animals and people. Our hominid ancestors … Continue reading “The deadliest diseases aren’t newly introduced into the human species”

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Ebola is not the next pandemic but logic can’t quell newfound paranoia

by Rashmee

Posted on September 7, 2014


Our insensate fear of pandemics is not really very old at all, as Atlanta-based disease-specialist anthropologist Wendy Orent points out in her excellent Aeon piece. It “first infected the zeitgeist with the publication of Laurie Garrett’s ‘The Coming Plague’(1994) and Richard Preston’s ‘Hot Zone’ (1995),” she writes. These books suggested that deadly viruses lay in wait for human intruders … Continue reading “Ebola is not the next pandemic but logic can’t quell newfound paranoia”

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Ebola is not the next pandemic. Finally, a common sense view

by Rashmee

Posted on September 2, 2014


The next pandemic will erupt, not from the jungle, but from the disease factories of hospitals, refugee camps and cities, writes Aeon magazine in a truly terrifying piece. (Click here to read the article). So is Ebola the next pandemic? No, despite the terror induced by the disease. It may be murderous but it “doesn’t … Continue reading “Ebola is not the next pandemic. Finally, a common sense view”

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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