India, Hungary, Turkey, Trump’s America

by Rashmee

Posted on October 29, 2020


In the way of television quizzes, here’s your starter for ten: What unites India, Hungary, Turkey and the United States? They’re governed by nationalist parties, all of which are increasingly promoting a faux democracy. The BJP, Fidesz, AKP and the Republican Party are a common thread that runs through the body politic of all four … Continue reading “India, Hungary, Turkey, Trump’s America”

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When the Trump administration talks of Chinese authoritarianism, say the words ‘Brett Crozier’

by Rashmee

Posted on April 3, 2020


  The next time anyone in the Trump administration mentions Chinese authoritarianism, just say the words “Brett Crozier”. So here’s the story. Brett Crozier was captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt. On March 29, he sent an urgent letter to the US Navy asking that the vessel be evacuated and the crew put in isolation … Continue reading “When the Trump administration talks of Chinese authoritarianism, say the words ‘Brett Crozier’”

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Why economic analysts like authoritarian democrats like Narendra Modi

by Rashmee

Posted on June 20, 2017


Noah Smith, an an assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University, recently offered an interesting answer to a puzzling question. Why did analysts and the economics press have such high expectations for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi? Why did everyone seem to think he would manage to execute massive economic reform? Mr Smith suggested … Continue reading “Why economic analysts like authoritarian democrats like Narendra Modi”

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The art of labelling: What is politics that’s not quite left and not quite right? ‘Light’

by Rashmee

Posted on May 24, 2017


What on earth do you call a far-right politician who speaks for working-class concerns? Would that be “light”, a portmanteau of left and right? Someone who’s not quite left and not quite right might be “light”, n’est-ce pas? Or how about this handy list of likely terminology from Justin Fox @foxjust of Bloomberg View. Click … Continue reading “The art of labelling: What is politics that’s not quite left and not quite right? ‘Light’”

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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