Why cheer Steve Bannon’s exit so fervently? Does it mean Trump will be less Trump-like?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 19, 2017


Those cheering the departure from the White House of Steve Bannon, chief strategist to Donald Trump and self-described “nationalist…not a white nationalist”, might want to ask themselves why? Why cheer the firing of an aide quite so loudly? An aide with a sharp brain and a distinctive philosophy, it’s true, but an aide to President … Continue reading “Why cheer Steve Bannon’s exit so fervently? Does it mean Trump will be less Trump-like?”

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Charlottesville spoofs not enough. Western media knows its double standard, so why not stop?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 18, 2017


Every now and then, some western media outlet decides to have a bit of fun and cover some event in the West in the same way as they would a foreign country. So, for example, the election of Donald Trump despite a campaign filled with scandal. Or Mr Trump’s insertion of family members into his … Continue reading “Charlottesville spoofs not enough. Western media knows its double standard, so why not stop?”

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Remember Obama’s ‘red line’ for Syria’s Assad? Trump’s ‘fire’ for Kim sounds similar

by Rashmee

Posted on August 14, 2017


Donald Trump should at least remember his own words (as highly quotable and the “greatest” wisdom the world might produce). Some years ago, he ridiculed Barack Obama for allowing Syria to cross a “red line” drawn by the US president on chemical-weapons use. Now, Mr Trump is promising fire-and-brimstone to Kim Jong Un, but can … Continue reading “Remember Obama’s ‘red line’ for Syria’s Assad? Trump’s ‘fire’ for Kim sounds similar”

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Trump insists on democracy only in left-ruled countries like Venezuela

by Rashmee

Posted on August 12, 2017


So President Donald Trump is threatening a military option for Venezuela. He’s so concerned that he’s been lamenting “the people are suffering and they are dying.” And the Trump White House has smartly told off Venezuela’s President Maduro for daring to seek a phone conversation with Mr Trump. Gladly, said the White House, once democracy … Continue reading “Trump insists on democracy only in left-ruled countries like Venezuela”

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Are President Trump’s people serious about the Twitter offensive in the Korean theatre?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 11, 2017


One does not have to be a stuffy foreign policywallah to find the Trump administration’s attitude to horrific potential wars and nuclear issues decidedly casual. Consider the following remarks from Sebastian Gorka, the tough-talking, Islamophobic, white nationalist foreign policy advisor to the US president, when asked about Sino-American relations. How can the US persuading China … Continue reading “Are President Trump’s people serious about the Twitter offensive in the Korean theatre?”

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Trump’s 1999 interview on North Korea is horrifying in its ignorant self-confidence

by Rashmee

Posted on August 10, 2017


If you want to assess just how muddled Donald Trump’s thinking on North Korea is, google “Tim Russert interview 1999”. Mr Trump, then just a private citizen, pompously and cheerfully talks about a pre-emptive strike against North Korea, denounces America’s “soft” representatives such as Jimmy Carter. He asserts that “they (the North Koreans presumably) are … Continue reading “Trump’s 1999 interview on North Korea is horrifying in its ignorant self-confidence”

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Trump’s plan: Make the American Political Show Great Again. #MAPSGA not #MAGA

by Rashmee

Posted on August 8, 2017


Timothy L. O’Brien, Donald Trump’s biographer, has an interesting (and strangely comforting) view of the US president’s attitude to governance. He doesn’t care if any of his proposals become law, all he wants to do is rile up his base. What for? To be loved. What for? It’s great for the ratings. Make the American … Continue reading “Trump’s plan: Make the American Political Show Great Again. #MAPSGA not #MAGA”

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In golf, as in business & politics, Mr Trump tramples on norms, kicks over trace of the facts

by Rashmee

Posted on August 4, 2017


My father, a surgeon in India, played golf for half of his long life so Sports Illustrated’s portrait of Donald Trump’s golf game strikes a chord. A memory chord. (Click here to read the whole piece. Or just carry on below.) Golfers must be gentlemen (or gentle ladies) in the way they keep their score … Continue reading “In golf, as in business & politics, Mr Trump tramples on norms, kicks over trace of the facts”

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Move over the American Dream. Le rêve français anyone ?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 25, 2017


It’s anyone’s guess how seriously to take these sort of annual rankings but they often put into figures something we only vaguely felt to be true. The “Soft Power 30″ report, released on July 18, puts the US at #3. France is #1 in terms of soft power, it says, and the UK is #2. So it’s not … Continue reading “Move over the American Dream. Le rêve français anyone ?”

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Globalism with a local accent is now officially on the political agenda

by Rashmee

Posted on July 20, 2017 / The National


When Canada’s prime minister recently made a special trip to the US to address the National Governors’ Association’s annual retreat, it was a sign that something unusual was afoot. In becoming the first foreign leader to formally engage with the group of 50 governors of American states and five US territories, Justin Trudeau was acknowledging … Continue reading “Globalism with a local accent is now officially on the political agenda”

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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.