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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Do you really believe Donald Trump cares about justice for Hillary?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 10, 2017


In his three months as president, 18 months on the campaign trail and decades in public life, Donald Trump has not demonstrated great regard for truth, justice, honesty and fair play. When it suited him he filed for bankruptcy and let the small traders to whom he was in debt suffer. When he was so … Continue reading “Do you really believe Donald Trump cares about justice for Hillary?”

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How long will Hillary Clinton be free to hike in the woods in Trump’s America?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 15, 2016


On Friday, The Guardian reported a touching story about Hillary Clinton unplugged. The defeated candidate after the election. The Guardian wrote that Margot Gerster, “an upstate New York woman, hoping to take her mind off of the US election results with a hike through the woods of Westchester County, bumped into another woman with a … Continue reading “How long will Hillary Clinton be free to hike in the woods in Trump’s America?”

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America must widen its pool of leadership

by Rashmee

Posted on November 10, 2016 / The National


For all that a great democratic exercise was under way in the United States for 18 turbulent months, there has been more talk of political dynasties this election than one might have thought proper for a republic. Hillary Clinton was considered part of an existing dynasty, her husband having served as America’s 42nd president. Despite … Continue reading “America must widen its pool of leadership”

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Who would the world have voted into the White House, had it a vote?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 9, 2016


Much of the world – the more populous parts to the east – wakes not knowing who America has elected to be its next president. But who would the world have voted into the White House, had it a vote? The pollster YouGov conducted a survey of 19 nations, asking people to pick either Donald … Continue reading “Who would the world have voted into the White House, had it a vote?”

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If American newspapers were voters, the results would emphatically not be in doubt

by Rashmee

Posted on November 7, 2016


The Economist, surprise, surprise, has made its pick from the choices offered in the American elections. If it could (were it not “an inanimate newspaper” and were it not British), it would vote for Hillary Clinton. So much, so expected. What’s interesting in the blog put together by its Data Team is how much The Economist … Continue reading “If American newspapers were voters, the results would emphatically not be in doubt”

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Remember the Obama-Hope poster? Too much world enthusiasm for a US president can be a problem

by Rashmee

Posted on November 5, 2016


I was amused to read a new poll on how the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) would vote if it had the right to vote on US Election Day, November 8. The poll, conducted by the Saudi daily Arab News and British pollster YouGov found that nearly half the respondents would abstain. Forty-seven per … Continue reading “Remember the Obama-Hope poster? Too much world enthusiasm for a US president can be a problem”

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In the American state of Utah, Mormons stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslims

by Rashmee

Posted on November 4, 2016


Try inserting a cigarette paper between the Mormons and the Muslims and what do you get? A massive move against Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump in the American state of Utah. This is not to say that Utah’s Mormons plan to vote for Mr Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. They are planning to vote for Evan … Continue reading “In the American state of Utah, Mormons stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslims”

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Why ‘more of the same’ may not be a bad aspiration this US political season

by Rashmee

Posted on November 2, 2016


What’s wrong with “more of the same”, asks an opinion writer in the Washington Post. Ponder that. Why ever not? Why not have the same sort of people in charge in Washington, D.C. next year as the ones who’re there now? People like President Obama. People who don’t say – and believe – outrageous things. … Continue reading “Why ‘more of the same’ may not be a bad aspiration this US political season”

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Partisan or not, FBI is not a sign of a broken system. Remember J. Edgar Hoover?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 31, 2016


That did it. The wider world is finally convinced the American system is dysfunctional. Friday’s revelation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was once again examining emails somehow related to Hillary Clinton, was greeted with bewilderment or outright disbelief in many parts of the world. “The comedy has become a farce,” some decent, non-political people … Continue reading “Partisan or not, FBI is not a sign of a broken system. Remember J. Edgar Hoover?”

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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.