It’s a mental shortcut that puts Trump 2020 in the same triumphant place as 2016

by Rashmee

Posted on September 8, 2020


Will Donald Trump win re-election? The truth is no one knows and anyone who says they do is deluded, delusional or just too darn sure they’re always right. But we owe it to David Leonhardt of The New York Times to remind us why everyone seems to hope – or fear – that Mr Trump … Continue reading “It’s a mental shortcut that puts Trump 2020 in the same triumphant place as 2016”

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Biden was like a glass of cool water on a hot day – still water, not sparkling, unfiltered, unflavoured

by Rashmee

Posted on August 21, 2020


It was nearly 5 am when I went to bed today (August 21) and I blame the Democrats and Joe Biden. I had to see whether he would give the “speech of his life” on the final day of the mostly virtual Democratic National Convention. Many say he did. To me he sounded just as … Continue reading “Biden was like a glass of cool water on a hot day – still water, not sparkling, unfiltered, unflavoured”

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Yesterday marked the one-year countdown to US election day. So, how are the Democrats doing?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 4, 2019


  In 364 days, the US goes to the polls to vote in the most consequential election it’s ever had. I appreciate that most of you aren’t political nerds like me and so you probably didn’t watch Pete Buttigeg deliver his stunning, soaring, stonkingly good speech in Iowa. You probably missed Joe Biden doing the … Continue reading “Yesterday marked the one-year countdown to US election day. So, how are the Democrats doing?”

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Why politicians around the world are getting on the radical love train

by Rashmee

Posted on July 3, 2019 / The National


Populism of the most hateful sort has had a baleful presence in the headlines for the past two years, but now a very different political perspective is challenging it, without animus. It’s called “radical love” and had its first electoral win on June 23, when Ekrem Imamoglu was elected mayor of Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city. … Continue reading “Why politicians around the world are getting on the radical love train”

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Trump’s response to 1st Democratic debate speaks volumes

by Rashmee

Posted on June 27, 2019


The effrontery of Donald Trump’s response to the first debate among Democratic contenders for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination is partly what’s wrong with the system we’re in. Mr Trump, who was watching the debate aboard Air Force One on his way to the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, tweeted: “BORING”. Well, but naturally. The … Continue reading “Trump’s response to 1st Democratic debate speaks volumes”

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Beto O’Rourke’s audacity of hope

by Rashmee

Posted on March 14, 2019


  Don’t get me wrong. I really like Beto O’Rourke. I like his youthfulness, his energy, his straight-talking commitment to American values. But I think it’s a mistake for him to run for president. Instead, the former Texas congressmen, who narrowly failed to oust Ted Cruz in the 2018 senate election, should have run for … Continue reading “Beto O’Rourke’s audacity of hope”

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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