What are liberal ideas for if not to turn towards – rather than away – from people

by Rashmee

Posted on December 10, 2016


Just to return to the notion of talking across political divides, consider the words of Berkeley professor Arlie Russell Hochschild, who spent more than five years in rural Louisiana to try to understand the worldview of its people. This almost anthropological research project was probably necessary – in Louisiana, only 14 per cent of white voters … Continue reading “What are liberal ideas for if not to turn towards – rather than away – from people”

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As a brown woman, I have to ask: why the sudden outrage about Trump’s appointments?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 19, 2016


Forgive me brothers and sisters (and even those who do not regard themselves as my brothers and sisters, my being a brown woman of christian with a small ‘c’ beliefs, though I am not of the Christian faith). Forgive me but I do not understand the outrage over US president-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Alabama … Continue reading “As a brown woman, I have to ask: why the sudden outrage about Trump’s appointments?”

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What history tells us about the US president-elect

by Rashmee

Posted on November 17, 2016 / The National


Barack Obama’s last scheduled foreign tour as US president is under way and it is heavy with presentiments about his successor’s plans for when he gets to the White House. While in Greece, Mr Obama may have been conscious that his praise for the European Union was as haunting as a dirge. When Donald Trump … Continue reading “What history tells us about the US president-elect”

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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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Unlike America’s aspiring leaders, Canada’s Justin Trudeau is dangerously loved up

by Rashmee

Posted on November 8, 2016


Justin Trudeau’s honeymoon with everyone goes on and on and on. Canada loves its 44-year-old prime minister, one year into his election win. The world appears to be smitten and the international media positively weak at the knees about a trim young male leader who steadfastly assumes feminist positions, is able to spout off on … Continue reading “Unlike America’s aspiring leaders, Canada’s Justin Trudeau is dangerously loved up”

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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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Why Trump has fans in the Middle East

by Rashmee

Posted on November 6, 2016 / The Arab Weekly


As election day in the United States fast approaches, it is worth remembering why Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump enjoys the support of a mixed bag of foreign leaders, not least in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Mostly, they could be put in the “basket of deplorables” category, which Democratic Party … Continue reading “Why Trump has fans in the Middle East”

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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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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.