Trump went to Puerto Rico. And brought to life a scene in Graham Greene’s Haiti novel

by Rashmee

Posted on October 5, 2017


  When Donald Trump went to Puerto Rico, I remembered Graham Greene’s telling portrait of imperious largesse to the needy in ‘The Comedians’, his 1966 novel on Haiti. The US president threw rolls of paper towel and bags of rice to Puerto Ricans. Not, quite like the way Greene showed us the treatment of the … Continue reading “Trump went to Puerto Rico. And brought to life a scene in Graham Greene’s Haiti novel”

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In the republic of poetry, there will be no one dislocated from history

by Rashmee

Posted on March 14, 2016


Can poetry ease an immigrant’s sense of dislocation? Only to the extent that it might help understand it a bit better. Martin Espada, who is one of my favourite modern poets (see his ‘The Republic of Poetry’ below) is a Puerto Rican writer from New York. He describes himself as “doubly dislocated: first, there is dislocation … Continue reading “In the republic of poetry, there will be no one dislocated from history”

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As its debts become due today, here’s why Puerto Rico really is not Greece

by Rashmee

Posted on August 1, 2015


On Saturday, August 1, Puerto Rico’s debt payments become due. The US territory has to deliver $58 million in so-called “moral obligation” bond payments. It can’t. And it probably won’t. For those who liken Puerto Rico’s situation to that of Greece, here is a basic fact: Puerto Rico is NOT the Greece of North America. Here’s … Continue reading “As its debts become due today, here’s why Puerto Rico really is not Greece”

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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