What would you say if you saw this US president’s behaviour in another country?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 14, 2020


The New York Times’s David Leonhardt put it most succinctly of all. Quoting political scientist Brendan Nyhan, he laid out the best way to consider events underway in the United States: what would you say if you saw it in another country? Okay, so let’s have a go at that, today, one week after Pennsylvania … Continue reading “What would you say if you saw this US president’s behaviour in another country?”

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US needs a manufacturing renaissance rather than paying for computers with corn

by Rashmee

Posted on August 22, 2019


Here’s an interesting point made some little time ago by a former assistant professor of finance in the United States. It’s wrong to assert as is often the case that US output has risen while manufacturing jobs have declined. That piece, by Noah Smith, a Bloomberg View columnist, admittedly appeared well before the economic chaos wrought by … Continue reading “US needs a manufacturing renaissance rather than paying for computers with corn”

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Let’s face facts this Christmas: There is no ‘leader of the free world’ anymore

by Rashmee

Posted on December 27, 2017


  Who is the leader of the free world, asks Leonid Bershidsky on Bloomberg View. It’s a good question and one that deserves to be put to bed. For, truth be told, there is no leader of the free world. There are national leaders and then there is Donald Trump. The US president is a … Continue reading “Let’s face facts this Christmas: There is no ‘leader of the free world’ anymore”

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Is America having its own ‘Arab Spring’, complete with its own cruel ‘regime’ ?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 30, 2017


Read this sentence: “If Trump were an African dictator or Middle Eastern despot, a friendly visit by the British prime minister would be seen as conferring respectability on him and his policies and thus be deemed ill-judged.” It was in The Observer – the editorial it slammed out on January 29. Leftie nonsense some might say. Okay, … Continue reading “Is America having its own ‘Arab Spring’, complete with its own cruel ‘regime’ ?”

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‘America, I sing you back’. Musings from a naturalized American in age of Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on August 10, 2016


As a naturalized American, I think it’s fair to say that one is deeply fearful about the state of the US right now. It’s also fair to record the difficulty of explaining to a lot of puzzled people in many places that the US is not really a bigoted country (Donald Trump and his supporters … Continue reading “‘America, I sing you back’. Musings from a naturalized American in age of Trump”

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A poet savours the jumbled flavours of America’s July 4 immigrant picnics

by Rashmee

Posted on July 8, 2016


In this election year, the weekend after Independence Day may be a good time to consider the different possibilities each immigrant sees in this very American holiday. In Armenian-American poet Gregory Djanikian’s evocative offering ‘Immigrant Picnic’, the Fourth of July is the chance to be “grilling” together as a family, all the cold dishes – potato … Continue reading “A poet savours the jumbled flavours of America’s July 4 immigrant picnics”

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An urgent plea for Arabic-speaking (and reading) crew on all US flights

by Rashmee

Posted on May 9, 2016


I’m only half-serious about mandatory Arabic-speaking-and-reading crew on all flights in America, but the fear is approaching ludicrous levels. On Thursday, a 40-year-old olive-skinned man with curly, dark hair, was the reason a domestic American Airlines flight was delayed by a couple of hours and returned to the gate. The man, an Ivy League economist … Continue reading “An urgent plea for Arabic-speaking (and reading) crew on all US flights”

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How the world views America’s epidemic of gun violence: a chronic disease

by Rashmee

Posted on December 6, 2015


Imagine an alcoholic or a drug addict, who’s been overdosing on his/her poison, is weak and raddled by his affliction, is literally killing themselves. What would you do? Especially if you were their family or friend? You’d argue, cajole, threaten to get them to stop. You would lay out the facts of their disease, suggest … Continue reading “How the world views America’s epidemic of gun violence: a chronic disease”

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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