And the country of the year is…

by Rashmee

Posted on December 26, 2020


  Last year, The Economist picked Uzbekistan as its country of the year. The late despot Islam Karimov’s country had a long way to go, it said, “but no other country travelled as far in 2019”. The year before The Economist picked Armenia. The “an ancient and misruled nation in a turbulent region” now has … Continue reading “And the country of the year is…”

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Plato used the image of the political leader as a doctor. That is particularly true in a pandemic

by Rashmee

Posted on March 31, 2020


Taiwan’s remarkably effective response to the coronavirus pandemic is thought to be in some measure because it’s lucky enough to have an epidemiologist as vice president. (Click here for my blog from last week.) Technically speaking, the European Union should have the same advantage. After all, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, is a … Continue reading “Plato used the image of the political leader as a doctor. That is particularly true in a pandemic”

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In time of coronavirus, Taiwan has a doctor in the house (or the vice-president’s office)

by Rashmee

Posted on March 23, 2020


Taiwan’s treatment of the coronavirus pandemic is considered extraordinary and quite remarkable, tough, transparent and effective. Consider this. Even though 850,000 of Taiwan’s 23 million citizens live in mainland China and 400,000 work there, Taiwan has just 169 cases (as of March 23) compared to more than 80,000 in China. How did this happen? Two … Continue reading “In time of coronavirus, Taiwan has a doctor in the house (or the vice-president’s office)”

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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