Bolsonaro sheds crocodile tears for Trump. Don’t cry for him, Brazil

by Rashmee

Posted on November 23, 2020


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s public truculence about dealing with a new US president who is not Donald Trump raises a pertinent question: What did Mr Trump ever do for Brazil? Peter Hakim has an excellent blog on US-Brazil relations, which underlines the showy nature of the relationship between Mr Trump and Mr Bolsonaro and the … Continue reading “Bolsonaro sheds crocodile tears for Trump. Don’t cry for him, Brazil”

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Georgia on our collective, climate-conscious mind

by Rashmee

Posted on November 16, 2020


President Joe Biden will be in office, come one-minute past noon on January 20. The US will, that very day, rejoin the Paris climate pact. Good. But what happens next? How does the US, the second biggest carbon emitter in the world, become consistently climate conscious, by federal order, no matter who’s in the White … Continue reading “Georgia on our collective, climate-conscious mind”

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Now, for that other major election – in Myanmar

by Rashmee

Posted on November 8, 2020


Today, Myanmar goes to the polls for only the second time in a decade. Roughly half a century of military rule ended in 2011. Aung San Suu Kyi led her party to victory in the first election after the junta, to use the phraseology of one Donald Trump, stood back and stood by. It was … Continue reading “Now, for that other major election – in Myanmar”

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In America, the usual suspects start to vote in-person

by Rashmee

Posted on October 20, 2020


In-person voting starts in Wisconsin, Hawaii and Utah on October 20. Only one should have you on the edge of your seat. Wisconsin. Donald Trump won in Wisconsin by a small margin in 2016 but polls show the state is leaning towards Joe Biden. As for Hawaii, in 2016 it was one of only two … Continue reading “In America, the usual suspects start to vote in-person”

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Kamala Harris and the complexity of racial identity

by Rashmee

Posted on August 25, 2020 / The National


Harris’s birth certificate alone illustrates the problem of rigid binary notions around identity in the US It has taken a Kamala Harris — half Jamaican, half Indian and by her own definition, all American — to show the United States and the world that race isn’t a black or white issue and there are grey areas in our understanding … Continue reading “Kamala Harris and the complexity of racial identity”

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It really wasn’t Trump’s bin Laden moment

by Rashmee

Posted on November 1, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Dana Shell Smith, deputy assistant secretary of state for international media engagement at the time of bin Laden’s death, expressed concern about Trump’s celebratory tone. Donald Trump’s October 27 announcement that US forces had killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reprised Barack Obama’s May 2, 2011, statement that Osama bin Laden was dead but … Continue reading “It really wasn’t Trump’s bin Laden moment”

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America’s ‘usable power’ is perceptibly in decline

by Rashmee

Posted on May 28, 2019


  Every year, the pundits predict China’s rise to the status of global hegemon. Every other year, they predict the end of the American century. In 2019, the dirge about the United States is especially persuasive. Even though the US remains the richest, most militarily powerful country in the world, it’s finding it harder to … Continue reading “America’s ‘usable power’ is perceptibly in decline”

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America: A house divided

by Rashmee

Posted on January 12, 2019


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to Cairo with a nonsensical message – we care, the other guys didn’t. But there really was only one point he was sent to telegraph to the world. That the Trump administration feels profound antipathy to Barack Obama, America’s first visually black president. Mr Trump likes (possibly even … Continue reading “America: A house divided”

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Trump Googled himself, got Obama. Bit like Aristotle vs Plato in Arab world

by Rashmee

Posted on August 30, 2018


America’s child-man president is livid about the unfairness of internet searches. The Guardian reports that on August 29, Wednesday afternoon, Mr Trump tweeted grumpily: “For years, Google promoted President Obama’s State of the Union on its homepage. When President Trump took office, Google stopped.” The tweet had a short video that tried to substantiate the … Continue reading “Trump Googled himself, got Obama. Bit like Aristotle vs Plato in Arab world”

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Trump’s executive orders are the damnatio memoriae of our times

by Rashmee

Posted on August 24, 2018


Whatever happens – or doesn’t – with respect to Donald Trump’s real and alleged misdeeds, his obsessive attempt to roll back, even to obliterate Barack Obama’s legacy (think #EPA, clean power, healthcare etc) bears consideration. It may be small-minded but it is hardly unknown – from the earliest times. In the days of the Roman … Continue reading “Trump’s executive orders are the damnatio memoriae of our times”

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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