President Trump seems almost to wear the mythical Ring of Gyges, and yet…

by Rashmee

Posted on August 26, 2018


For those who despair at sight and sound of unfit people in high office, it’s worth remembering that ideas of justice and virtue are basic to human beings. Without justice and virtue, we would all, long ago, have eaten each other. Back in the 4th century BC, Plato was pointing out the reason for acting … Continue reading “President Trump seems almost to wear the mythical Ring of Gyges, and yet…”

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The view from 10th century Baghdad on Donald Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on August 22, 2018


It was purely by chance but I was reading the following sentence late on Tuesday, August 21, when there was bombshell news from the United States: A city that displays faulty judgement, which causes it to miss the right path, must have surely had for its first ruler “a man who falsely pretended to be … Continue reading “The view from 10th century Baghdad on Donald Trump”

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Art as defiance in the Middle East? Calligraphic expression might work best

by Rashmee

Posted on April 5, 2017


Art as defiance in the Middle East. It’s an interesting topic for discussion and Chatham House is doing exactly that today (April 5) by bringing together a Lebanese musician, a Syrian medical doctor who writes and a Palestinian visual artist. The stated aim is to examine the impact of conflict on the output of artists … Continue reading “Art as defiance in the Middle East? Calligraphic expression might work best”

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The Thousand And One Nights quality of the reporting on Saudi King’s travels

by Rashmee

Posted on March 11, 2017


It’s rather amusing the way the western media is reporting the Saudi king’s month-long travels through Asia. Journalists are goggle-eyed at the massive amounts of luggage and the armies of people accompanying King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz. Why wouldn’t he? He’s rich and 81 and evidently has a mission – a remarkable pivot to Asia. … Continue reading “The Thousand And One Nights quality of the reporting on Saudi King’s travels”

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The link between #Brexit self-reliance & Hannah Arendt’s musings on totalitarianism

by Rashmee

Posted on October 14, 2016


As a working journalist it is exhilarating, if enervating to read Hannah Arendt’s defense of her 1951 book The Origins of Totalitarianism as I try to understand the psycho-social implications of Brexit. The Origins of Totalitarianism has been judged (by Le Monde, National Review and others) one of the most significant non-fiction books of the 20th … Continue reading “The link between #Brexit self-reliance & Hannah Arendt’s musings on totalitarianism”

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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