The Brothers of Italy are led by a sister, but their politics is still the same

by Rashmee

Posted on May 7, 2021


/ LANGUAGE Can we really, with a straight face, talk about women as bringing a totally different, healing touch to politics? In India, there is Sadhvi Rithambara, who is often accused of the most venomous hate speech against Muslims. In France there is Marine le Pen. And Italy has its own wannabe Marine le Pen … Continue reading “The Brothers of Italy are led by a sister, but their politics is still the same”

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The business of American politics: Ted Cruz tells it like it is

by Rashmee

Posted on May 4, 2021


/ POLITICS & AMERICA Ted Cruz, Republican senator from Texas, has made an honest admission of dishonesty. In the Wall Street Journal, he warned CEOS opposed to Republican attempts to change voting regulations. No longer, he said, would Republicans look the other way when corporate bigwigs dodge taxes. Republicans wouldn’t take corporate donations in exchange … Continue reading “The business of American politics: Ted Cruz tells it like it is”

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The constant gardener: Joe Biden and the big state

by Rashmee

Posted on May 1, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… Everyone’s thinking (and some are hoping) that US President Joe Biden is ending the “era of small government” and brute free-marketeering, dating back to Ronald Reagan. But according to Ruchir Sharma, Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s chief global strategist, that era never really existed. Mr Sharma recently wrote a thought-provoking piece in the … Continue reading “The constant gardener: Joe Biden and the big state”

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How to become a less globalised business – consciously

by Rashmee

Posted on April 29, 2021


/IT’S THE BUSINESS In the Before Times, globalisation was already in trouble. The refugee issue, populist politics and trade wars was bringing the whole idea of free movement of people, capital and goods into bad odour. Eighteen months after the coronavirus pandemic was officially declared, national borders and national interests have taken on a deep … Continue reading “How to become a less globalised business – consciously”

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The Indian crisis and America’s gold mine of AZ vaccine doses

by Rashmee

Posted on April 27, 2021


/ POLITICS & AMERICA The whole world is focussed on the unfolding second wave of Covid-19 in India and in India, the focus is at least partly on the response it expects from the United States. On that count, there was visible angst. The reassuring words of Biden administration officials were being measured against all … Continue reading “The Indian crisis and America’s gold mine of AZ vaccine doses”

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What links the late Idriss Deby’s Chad to Egypt and India

by Rashmee

Posted on April 21, 2021


/ TAKE UP ONE IDEA The death of Idriss Deby, president of Chad for the past 30 years, renews the focus on electoral autocracies, which are sustained and flourish with the support of western countries. Deby – and modern Chad’s story – is quickly told. The 68-year-old strongman died of wounds sustained during a battle between … Continue reading “What links the late Idriss Deby’s Chad to Egypt and India”

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Bystander trauma: A tale of two countries, America and India

by Rashmee

Posted on April 20, 2021


/ POLITICS & AMERICA The closing of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial is a good moment to consider bystander trauma and what it says about a people, as well as their country’s likely trajectory. Until the closing arguments on Monday, April 19,  the trial had gone on three weeks. One week into it, witnesses … Continue reading “Bystander trauma: A tale of two countries, America and India”

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America’s bad news bias is a feature not a bug

by Rashmee

Posted on April 6, 2021


/ POLITICS & AMERICA Bad news bias is not breaking news. Recently published research by Bruce Sacerdote (pdf), an economics professor at Dartmouth College, asked a troubling question: “Why is all Covid-19 news bad news?” The paper covered the negative “tone” of the US media, versus non-US media. It found that 87 per cent of … Continue reading “America’s bad news bias is a feature not a bug”

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The terrible truths about politics and power in America

by Rashmee

Posted on March 25, 2021


/IT’S THE BUSINESS  For those who don’t know about ‘Popular Information’, it’s a newsletter that says it’s about “politics and power”. And how! Written by Judd Legum, ‘Popular Information’ does more to reveal the terrible truths about the relationship between politics and power than some of America’s biggest media groups. Consider this. On March 18, … Continue reading “The terrible truths about politics and power in America”

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What might the big Biden controversy be? White French cuffs?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 23, 2021


/ POLITICS & AMERICA As usual, Ed Luce of the Financial Times put it best (paywall). Writing about the state of Washington in March 2021 – two months after Joe Biden took control and after six weeks of his own book leave – Mr Luce described it as follows: “People don’t talk about the president … Continue reading “What might the big Biden controversy be? White French cuffs?”

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