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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Is Mrs Trump trying to unman Mr Trump? Her CNN interview makes him seem a fool

by Rashmee

Posted on October 18, 2016


At 59, Donald Trump was so easily led he could be “egged on” by a TV host into saying “dirty and bad stuff”. So says Mr Trump’s wife, Melania. She offered this startling defense of Mr Trump’s 2005 lewd, sexually predatory taped remarks in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Perhaps Mrs Trump thought she … Continue reading “Is Mrs Trump trying to unman Mr Trump? Her CNN interview makes him seem a fool”

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#Groper-in-chief At 59, Donald Trump was worse than a randy, out-of-line 16-yr-old

by Rashmee

Posted on October 10, 2016


Let us not mince words. The main point of the Donald #Trumptape story is as follows: The recording is 11 years old, which means Mr Trump was fully 59 years old when he described his own lascivious behaviour. That included, by his own admission, groping women, preying upon them, and using his star status to force … Continue reading “#Groper-in-chief At 59, Donald Trump was worse than a randy, out-of-line 16-yr-old”

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Donald Trump is a bigger ‘big man’ than Pecos Bill of Texas who could lasso the moon

by Rashmee

Posted on September 28, 2016


This is still true after Monday’s first presidential debate. “We have always been at war with Eurasia. Snowball the Pig is responsible for everything that is wrong on the farm. How fortunate we are to have Donald Trump.” So writes Alexandra Petri in a sad and funny 2016 version of George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’. Click … Continue reading “Donald Trump is a bigger ‘big man’ than Pecos Bill of Texas who could lasso the moon”

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Political WWF. De Tocqueville explained gladiatorial build-up to Clinton-Trump debate

by Rashmee

Posted on September 27, 2016


Washington, D.C.: With the best will in the world, it’s been impossible not to be turned off by the crudity of the American build-up to the first presidential debate of this election season. “The showdown”. “Face off”. “Head to head”. “Super Bowl-size audience”. On radio. On TV. The papers. Everywhere, the impression conveyed is of … Continue reading “Political WWF. De Tocqueville explained gladiatorial build-up to Clinton-Trump debate”

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‘What is Aleppo?’ Ignorance of the world has been a constant feature of US policy-making

by Rashmee

Posted on September 10, 2016


Everyone shouting – or smirking – about the ignorance on Aleppo displayed by American politician Gary Johnson, might be well advised to look at the not-too-distant past of US policy-making. George H Bush, America’s 41st president, was advised by his senior aides to accept Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait because Western electorates wouldn’t care about a … Continue reading “‘What is Aleppo?’ Ignorance of the world has been a constant feature of US policy-making”

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From GloboCop to GloboBully, the New World Order according to Donald Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on September 9, 2016


Would Donald Trump’s America be better for the world because it would mind its own business? Yes, say some pundits and players, American and non-American alike. A Trump-led America wouldn’t consider itself uniquely qualified to preach and prescribe to the world. Trump’s America wouldn’t regard itself as GloboCop (unless you paid for its security services). President … Continue reading “From GloboCop to GloboBully, the New World Order according to Donald Trump”

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Why Indian and Saudi students are a great deal for America. They pay to play

by Rashmee

Posted on September 7, 2016


The United States and international students have a symbiotic relationship. Both benefit from each other. India, for instance, sent almost 133,000 students to the US last year, contributing $3.6 billion to the American economy for the privilege of enriching their minds and experience. Saudi Arabia sent less than half the number of Indians in 2015 … Continue reading “Why Indian and Saudi students are a great deal for America. They pay to play”

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US presidential elections go on so long they’re a crying shame. Literally

by Rashmee

Posted on September 2, 2016


A Boston Globe columnist has been reminding Americans why the presidential election is a crying shame. Just days before the 2012 election, wrote Jeff Jacoby, there was that YouTube video of a four-year-old girl crying piteously over the constant stories about “Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney”. The 21-second video went viral, and was viewed more … Continue reading “US presidential elections go on so long they’re a crying shame. Literally”

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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