Brexit: Were Britain’s discontented like Haiti’s ceaseless protestors?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 29, 2016


In the hours after the Brexit result I was reminded most strongly of The Economist piece I wrote from Haiti in December 2013. Here’s a link to the blog, which The Economist titled “The Discontented”. Britain’s Brexiteers, it seemed to me, are being cast like Haiti’s discontented. Do you know who I mean? As The … Continue reading “Brexit: Were Britain’s discontented like Haiti’s ceaseless protestors?”

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Haiti’s President Martelly told me he was a ‘bad boy’. It seems he was right

by Rashmee

Posted on January 24, 2016


When I interviewed Haiti’s President Michel Martelly for Foreign Policy two-and-a-half years ago, he started by telling me that the people of Haiti had elected him because he was “a bad boy …too many good boys had been president before and not enough things had been done.” Today’s (Sunday, January 24) postponed run-off presidential election, … Continue reading “Haiti’s President Martelly told me he was a ‘bad boy’. It seems he was right”

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Forget the elections, it’s this vote against Haiti’s airport that is a problem

by Rashmee

Posted on November 2, 2015


Let’s put the recent vote by travel site, The Guide to Sleeping in Airports, in context. It is not The New York Times. Or Lonely Planet. On the other hand, it still matters that it has listed Haiti’s Toussaint Louverture International Airport as number six on a list of 10 of the worst airports in the world. Kabul’s airport is … Continue reading “Forget the elections, it’s this vote against Haiti’s airport that is a problem”

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Housekeeping lessons in Haitian Creole – Part I

by Rashmee

Posted on February 2, 2013


I wish it were possible to follow the Erma Bombeck school of housework, namely to do no more than sweep the room with a glance. Alas, dusty Port au Prince makes for much dirt – and work – in the home. So to my rather hilarious attempts at keeping house in Port au Prince alongside the … Continue reading “Housekeeping lessons in Haitian Creole – Part I”

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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