Donald Trump has changed the way we speak and that is, to coin a presidential phrase, sad

by Rashmee

Posted on July 18, 2017


It is a sign of the times that a potential columnist pitches an idea to an editor as follows: “…this is to coin a presidential phrase, sad.” Yup, folks. Donald Trump has changed the way we speak and write. Both personally and professionally. And linguistic purists don’t like it just as much as those who … Continue reading “Donald Trump has changed the way we speak and that is, to coin a presidential phrase, sad”

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Shouldn’t it be Islamodiumic rather than Islamophobia?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 15, 2017


Type the word “Islamophobia” into an internet search engine and Mr Google comes up with 5,480,000 results in a mere 0.44 seconds. The results include searching questions such as ‘Islamophobia: The New Anti-Semitism?’ and declarative headlines such as ‘It’s not just Fox News: Islamophobia on cable news is out of control’. Without going into the … Continue reading “Shouldn’t it be Islamodiumic rather than Islamophobia?”

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It’s a shame for Modi to be dismissed as a paper tiger in the same week as Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on June 30, 2017


The coincidence was remarkable. US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on Monday (June 26) in a week that has seen both men described as paper tigers. The dismissive phrase was applied to Mr Trump by a senior member of his Republican party. The president and his political operation, said the … Continue reading “It’s a shame for Modi to be dismissed as a paper tiger in the same week as Trump”

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After Paris withdrawal, covfefe is explained. It is the confusion in Trump’s mind

by Rashmee

Posted on June 2, 2017


On Wednesday, just hours before Donald Trump announced his decision on the Paris Climate Change Agreement, I stood outside the White House with a 20-strong crowd of red #MAGA-cap wearing young Americans. And I thought of “covfefe”, the secret language of Trumpism, and a “small group” of people who are said to understand the 45th … Continue reading “After Paris withdrawal, covfefe is explained. It is the confusion in Trump’s mind”

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The art of labelling: What is politics that’s not quite left and not quite right? ‘Light’

by Rashmee

Posted on May 24, 2017


What on earth do you call a far-right politician who speaks for working-class concerns? Would that be “light”, a portmanteau of left and right? Someone who’s not quite left and not quite right might be “light”, n’est-ce pas? Or how about this handy list of likely terminology from Justin Fox @foxjust of Bloomberg View. Click … Continue reading “The art of labelling: What is politics that’s not quite left and not quite right? ‘Light’”

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Part II – What’s got a jazzy label and is confusing? The new politics of our age

by Rashmee

Posted on May 23, 2017


Here’s the second lot of new political labels, properly parsed. (Click here for Part I on the first five labels.) ** Losers vs Winners Those who don’t think globalisation is good for them and those who do. That said, most of the people who want to pull up the drawbridge (leave trade blocs and shut off … Continue reading “Part II – What’s got a jazzy label and is confusing? The new politics of our age”

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What’s got a jazzy label and is confusing? The new politics of our age – Part I

by Rashmee

Posted on May 17, 2017


The politics of our time is neither one thing nor the other. A far-right French politician (Marine Le Pen) could credibly pose as a spokesperson for some working class voters. A Hindu nationalist free-marketeer (Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi) can take policy positions better suited to class warfare. A racist and bigoted US President (Donald … Continue reading “What’s got a jazzy label and is confusing? The new politics of our age – Part I”

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In our topsy-turvy world, right-wing and left-wing politics are no longer where they were

by Rashmee

Posted on May 16, 2017


It’s not just the French election and a presidential candidate who called himself a “radical centrist”. It’s not just the US where a billionaire running on a Republican Party ticket could claim to be a champion of the working classes. It’s not just the UK, where a life-long socialist such as Labour Party leader Jeremy … Continue reading “In our topsy-turvy world, right-wing and left-wing politics are no longer where they were”

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The unusual taxonomy of political parties and beasts

by Rashmee

Posted on May 11, 2017 / The National


Political taxonomy is just as muddled right now as electoral trends. In South Korea, a progressive politician with socially conservative views won Tuesday’s presidential election. France’s new president-elect is a banker who served in the outgoing socialist government and describes himself as a “radical centrist”. In Britain’s continuing election campaign, the governing centre-right Conservative Party … Continue reading “The unusual taxonomy of political parties and beasts”

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Mind your language in this slacktivist, post-truth world

by Rashmee

Posted on May 4, 2017 / The National


Political junkies, lexicographers and social media users recently enjoyed a rare, shared moment of levity. It was over the terminology employed by a well known British politician to describe the leader of the UK’s main opposition Labour Party. Boris Johnson said that Jeremy Corbyn was a “mutton-headed old mugwump”, sending smooth-talking politicians and skilled wordsmiths … Continue reading “Mind your language in this slacktivist, post-truth world”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in eight countries in the past decade. She spent much of 2015 in the UAE and currently divides her time between the UK and Tunisia. Before that, she was in Haiti, the US, Afghanistan and India.