America is being ‘Africanised’, says Africa

by Rashmee

Posted on June 8, 2020 / The Focus


It was The Elephant, a four-year-old African website, that made the connection between George Floyd and Mohamed Bouazizi. “The Tunisian hawker who set himself on fire in an act of protest against police corruption and ill-treatment” ignited the 2010 Arab Spring, wrote Kenyan journalist Rasna Warah. Floyd’s death at the hands of a white police … Continue reading “America is being ‘Africanised’, says Africa”

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How to read Trump’s threat to bring the army on to America’s streets

by Rashmee

Posted on June 2, 2020 / The Focus


It was Peter Thiel, Donald Trump’s only Silicon Valley supporter before the 2016 US presidential election, who had the best, most insightful line on the property magnate turned politician. The media, said Thiel, takes Trump literally, not seriously. Instead, they should take him seriously, not literally. It’s a distinction without a difference now the US … Continue reading “How to read Trump’s threat to bring the army on to America’s streets”

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New year, same old issues as Macron pursues reform agenda and French unions push for war

by Rashmee

Posted on January 3, 2020


New year, same old issues. France’s president promised on new year’s eve that he would go ahead with plans to reform the pension system and the unions bristled and said they would continue with the strikes that now enter their fifth week. The wave of street protests are exceedingly strange. For starters, they began with … Continue reading “New year, same old issues as Macron pursues reform agenda and French unions push for war”

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Saturday rearview: Reset on capitalism, protests everywhere, the ‘Love Actually’ election

by Rashmee

Posted on December 14, 2019


In a week crammed with a British election and the first round of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine in Paris, here’s what I thought most interesting. ** In The National, I looked at the need for a reset on capitalism. “It has been 130 years since Andrew Carnegie wrote The Gospel of Wealth, an … Continue reading “Saturday rearview: Reset on capitalism, protests everywhere, the ‘Love Actually’ election”

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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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The only real link between Chile, Lebanon, Algeria, Hong Kong is the word ‘protest’

by Rashmee

Posted on November 3, 2019


  The editor of Open Democracy, the UK political website, pointed out a crucial point the other day: “Over the past month, the list of countries engulfed by mass protests has grown ever longer – Chile, Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria, Haiti, Hong Kong and Spain, to name a few. There’s a temptation to draw connections. Each … Continue reading “The only real link between Chile, Lebanon, Algeria, Hong Kong is the word ‘protest’”

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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