Both East and West are tilting towards strongmen rulers in a ‘democratic rollback’

by Rashmee

Posted on April 3, 2018 / The National


Now that Xi Jingping is constitutionally allowed to remain China’s president for life, he is effectively said to have become leader of the unfree world, one in which strongmen take charge without apology or anything so messy as free and fair elections. Is single-party China’s surefooted rise on the world stage helping to put liberal … Continue reading “Both East and West are tilting towards strongmen rulers in a ‘democratic rollback’”

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#Zimbabwe: The coup de Grace that wasn’t. Echoes of Egypt?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 16, 2017


From Harare, capital of Zimbabwe, the country’s generals have been firm about how to read their actions of Tuesday night. It’s not a coup, they said. Major-General Sibusiso Moyo said the action was “not a military takeover of government” but a temporary act to prevent conflict. Mr “Mugabe, and his family are safe and sound … Continue reading “#Zimbabwe: The coup de Grace that wasn’t. Echoes of Egypt?”

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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