Is Europe joining the rest of the world in rejecting ‘Anglocondescension’?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 17, 2017


Whatever your views on Glenn Greenwald, the journalist best known for his reporting on US-UK global surveillance (Edward #Snowden etc), his tweet from November 14 deserves a careful look. Mr Greenwald wrote the following with respect to an opinion piece by Jonathan Powell on Britain’s growing international irrelevance : “This accurate observation, from a key … Continue reading “Is Europe joining the rest of the world in rejecting ‘Anglocondescension’?”

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How often have you heard it said that a ‘country is deeply divided’?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 17, 2017


Tony Blair said it about Britain on Saturday, in his essay ‘Brexit and the Centre’. Political commentators, amateur or not, said it about France during the presidential primaries and the final election in May. They say it about the United States. And about India. The preferred term for the raging argument over secularism vs Hindutva … Continue reading “How often have you heard it said that a ‘country is deeply divided’?”

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Jeremy Corbyn may not have ‘leadership’ skills but he has policies that people like

by Rashmee

Posted on May 12, 2017


British people may not think much of the leadership skills of the Labour Party’s head comrade Jeremy Corbyn but they seem to like what he wants to do. British voters, according to a survey, overwhelmingly back the Labour Party’s proposals to re-nationalise the railways and the postal system. British prime minister Theresa May has called … Continue reading “Jeremy Corbyn may not have ‘leadership’ skills but he has policies that people like”

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Never mind Macron, the real story from the French election is its pollsters. They were spot on

by Rashmee

Posted on May 8, 2017


Emmanuel Macron’s victory may be significant but the real story of the French election was the way the pollsters won. They got it absolutely right. Especially in the first round of voting on April 23, when 11 candidates crowded the picture and the traditional left-right divisions seemed to offer little guidance on the outcome. And … Continue reading “Never mind Macron, the real story from the French election is its pollsters. They were spot on”

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Why should the EU help #Brexit Britain be successful even though it can’t afford to let it fail?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 3, 2017


This is absolutely not meant to be a low blow at the European Union, but I just have to ask: why should it help #Brexit Britain be successful? On Wednesday, March 29, the day Theresa May triggered Article 50, here is what one EU insider said. Janis Emmanouilidis, director of studies at the Brussels-based European … Continue reading “Why should the EU help #Brexit Britain be successful even though it can’t afford to let it fail?”

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Liberals need to heed the messages writ large

by Rashmee

Posted on March 9, 2017 / The National


A recent news report on France’s presidential election campaign and the prospects of far-right leader Marine Le Pen is worth parsing because it says something so politically blasphemous as to be barely believable. John Laurenson reported for the BBC from among French people whom Britain’s prime minister Theresa May might have called “left behind”. He … Continue reading “Liberals need to heed the messages writ large”

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Is the Scandinavian model the real face of today’s backlash to globalisation?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 3, 2017


Jeffrey Sachs, the economist and director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, recently said something pretty terrifying. He said the Scandinavian countries proved that the political upheavals of today are not mainly about economics. “All of the Scandinavian countries, and their neighbors in northern Europe, have right-wing populist parties, with some approaching power. And … Continue reading “Is the Scandinavian model the real face of today’s backlash to globalisation?”

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Blair’s case for a balanced Brexit 48-52 has to be made by someone. Who will do it?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 24, 2017


I’m with Bagehot, The Economist column on British life. Former prime minister Tony Blair (who left office 10 years ago this June) should either get stuck in to battle for a balanced Brexit or back off and let others do it. Last week, Mr Blair, who is of course hugely controversial, made the case for … Continue reading “Blair’s case for a balanced Brexit 48-52 has to be made by someone. Who will do it?”

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Fake news? Socrates gives it the finger. Lessons for the mainstream media

by Rashmee

Posted on February 21, 2017


A piece in The Guardian the other day made a key point about the angst over so-called “fake news”. (The first step, I’d suggest, is to stop calling a lie “fake news”.) Anyway, John Naughton wrote in The Guardian that “the mainstream media can fight back against the poisoning of our public sphere by giving … Continue reading “Fake news? Socrates gives it the finger. Lessons for the mainstream media”

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Justice: The only greater common good in the new world order

by Rashmee

Posted on January 27, 2017


It’s still the same it’s always been through the history of mankind – the thirst for justice and the expectation of justice. But because it is the 21st century and we’re supposed to be living in an egalitarian global village, waving at hipster high-living people across the grassy commons, many of us also have the … Continue reading “Justice: The only greater common good in the new world order”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, UK and US