Geopolitics and conscious uncoupling – up to a point

by Rashmee

Posted on September 18, 2020


‘Conscious uncoupling’ became famous – both as a term and a concept – in 2014, when actress Gywneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin were in the throes of a divorce. But the neologism was coined much before, and not by Ms Paltrow. In fact, it was California marriage and family therapist Katherine Woodward Thomas who … Continue reading “Geopolitics and conscious uncoupling – up to a point”

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Brexit Britain probably won’t be a Singapore-on-Thames

by Rashmee

Posted on December 11, 2019


The UK general election is, by some accounts, a referendum on leaving the EU and I’ve been thinking a lot about Britain as a Singapore-on-Thames. The idea has been floating around for a while, with ardent Breiteers suggesting that it’s Europe that has held back Britain’s buccaneering boldness. Unsurprisingly, even Anglophile countries — Germany, the Netherlands and … Continue reading “Brexit Britain probably won’t be a Singapore-on-Thames”

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Are we forgetting North Korea? Here’s a senior Singapore diplomat’s take

by Rashmee

Posted on October 21, 2017


It’s not gone away. Nothing has changed with the Hermit Kingdom, where by the way, it is “Juche Year 106”. (North Korea counts time from the birth of their original Great Leader, Kim Il-­sung.) Anyway, even though US President Trump has not tweeted of late about “little Rocket Man”, as he insultingly calls Kim Jong … Continue reading “Are we forgetting North Korea? Here’s a senior Singapore diplomat’s take”

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What Singapore’s hijab-wearing first woman president tells us about that efficient city-state

by Rashmee

Posted on September 15, 2017


Speak to an Indian, a Brit or an American about Singapore and listen to them get all sniffy. “Great success story,” they will acknowledge, “but it’s not exactly democratic, is it?” The Indian, the Brit or the American may end their comment on Singapore with a question mark but depend on it, it’s not a question. … Continue reading “What Singapore’s hijab-wearing first woman president tells us about that efficient city-state”

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‘Super-Singapore’? The Day Two Brexit story for those who voted ‘Remain’

by Rashmee

Posted on June 25, 2016


Back in February, when Brexit was still a distant absurdity, Markus Kerber, head of the Federation of German Industries, conceded that Britain might become “a super-Singapore at the gates of Europe” within a decade. Could it happen? Every one of us who voted to ‘remain’ in the European Union must desperately hope it can. And … Continue reading “‘Super-Singapore’? The Day Two Brexit story for those who voted ‘Remain’”

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Known unknowns: Singapore PM’s hard sell, soft language on grunt jobs

by Rashmee

Posted on May 12, 2015


Even if it’s Singapore, where the government runs a tight ship, it can be a hard sell to ask people to abandon a cherished value. Such as their attachment to education. And the status it offers. Consider the careful language used by Singapore’s Cambridge-educated Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong when he broached the touchy subject. … Continue reading “Known unknowns: Singapore PM’s hard sell, soft language on grunt jobs”

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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