The US presidential election just got whackier

by Rashmee

Posted on July 5, 2020


Kanye West announcing his presidential candidacy makes an unusual US presidential election season more bizarre by far. We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸! #2020VISION – ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020 The pandemic — the first … Continue reading “The US presidential election just got whackier”

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The ‘B’ word is strangely absent from the conversation today

by Rashmee

Posted on June 24, 2020 / The Focus


Today is the fourth anniversary of Brexit. Hardly anyone is marking the occasion. Take a look at the eight front pages below. None of them refer to that transformative event, which set off a period of intense political turmoil in Britain, paralysing Parliament, polarising the country and pushed two Conservative prime ministers out of office. The Brexit … Continue reading “The ‘B’ word is strangely absent from the conversation today”

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O brave new world. It’s the week it opens the door and gingerly peers out

by Rashmee

Posted on May 10, 2020


This is the week the world tries to recover its nerve even though we remain months away from a vaccine for Covid-19 and still have no cure. As 15-year-old Miranda said in Act V of The Tempest: “How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world That has such people in’t!” Indeed, rather a brave attempt … Continue reading “O brave new world. It’s the week it opens the door and gingerly peers out”

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Europe won’t admit that ‘ever closer union’ means the California-Mississippi issue

by Rashmee

Posted on April 8, 2020


Europe has a big problem. It doesn’t want to acknowledge that “ever closer union” requires real togetherness, the kind that binds California and Mississippi. California contributes the most federal tax revenue and Mississippi is one of the most federally dependent states in America. And yet, they have equal representation in the US Senate and equal … Continue reading “Europe won’t admit that ‘ever closer union’ means the California-Mississippi issue”

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Coronavirus won’t kill off the high price of Brexit and ‘nostalgic nationalism’

by Rashmee

Posted on April 4, 2020


The joint Brexit committee – composed of EU and UK representatives – had its first teleconference on March 30, and reportedly boasted a “constructive and productive atmosphere”. That was the word from European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič, committee co-chair with the UK’s Michael Gove. Despite the cheeriness, it’s true that Brexit negotiations have been … Continue reading “Coronavirus won’t kill off the high price of Brexit and ‘nostalgic nationalism’”

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It’s coming up to the ides of March

by Rashmee

Posted on March 9, 2020


In March 2018, it was frigging cold in DC. The padlet below, which I made that March, two years ago, offers a snapshot. Click here. But this year, Washington, D.C. is warm in the sunshine. And the ornamental cabbage is blooming fierce and proud. “Beware the ides of March”: the warning is issued twice in … Continue reading “It’s coming up to the ides of March”

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Mr Trump’s proposed NATOME will be in the Middle East. That’s as ludicrous as the acronym

by Rashmee

Posted on February 14, 2020


It’s hard to see the rationale for Donald Trump’s call on the NATO alliance to increase its involvement in the Middle East.  He’s dreamt up a name for the mission – NATOME (NATO plus the initials of Middle East) – but beyond, there’s no clarity on anything very much. NATO is primarily focused on collective … Continue reading “Mr Trump’s proposed NATOME will be in the Middle East. That’s as ludicrous as the acronym”

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Some American corporations are showing they have the sensibility of an ethical person

by Rashmee

Posted on October 8, 2019


For nearly a decade, corporate personhood has been hugely controversial in the United States. Ever since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010, upholding the rights of corporations to make political expenditures under the First Amendment, confers the right to free speech on a person or an association of people. Of … Continue reading “Some American corporations are showing they have the sensibility of an ethical person”

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Why the Sychronized Slump might be a thing

by Rashmee

Posted on August 16, 2019


Axios might’ve had it first: We seem headed for the Synchronized Slump, it said on August 15, as global economic data worsened. Quite so. The numbers are going down; things are going south. Some of the high points as cited by Axios: ** Japan and three of Europe’s four largest economies — Germany, Italy and the … Continue reading “Why the Sychronized Slump might be a thing”

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Mexico is in an even worse position than Turkey on the migrant issue

by Rashmee

Posted on June 10, 2019


The attempt by Donald Trump’s America to dump Central American migrants on Mexico reminds me of the refugee issue as experienced by two other countries – Turkey and Jordan. In 2016, European countries negotiated with Turkey to hold as many Syrian refugees as possible, which is to say they were to be prevented from taking … Continue reading “Mexico is in an even worse position than Turkey on the migrant issue”

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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