From Bill Clinton to Joe Biden, America’s climate story is one of dizzying change

by Rashmee

Posted on May 8, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… Enough time has elapsed since Joe Biden’s April 22 climate summit for a dispassionate assessment of what it all meant. In two words: Faith. Hope. There’s quite a lot of the latter and not enough of the first. The world hopes the United States, the second biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, will … Continue reading “From Bill Clinton to Joe Biden, America’s climate story is one of dizzying change”

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After Brexit, British bolshie-ness will be up against the great powers

by Rashmee

Posted on January 30, 2020


Tom Cotton is a US senator from Arkansas, the state that Britain and much of the world would chiefly know as being the home state of president Bill Clinton. Mr Cotton is also a close ally of Donald Trump, someone that Britain and much of the world knows to be bullying, transactional and utterly uninterested … Continue reading “After Brexit, British bolshie-ness will be up against the great powers”

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How long will Hillary Clinton be free to hike in the woods in Trump’s America?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 15, 2016


On Friday, The Guardian reported a touching story about Hillary Clinton unplugged. The defeated candidate after the election. The Guardian wrote that Margot Gerster, “an upstate New York woman, hoping to take her mind off of the US election results with a hike through the woods of Westchester County, bumped into another woman with a … Continue reading “How long will Hillary Clinton be free to hike in the woods in Trump’s America?”

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Is western politics becoming all about building a wall against the future?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 1, 2016


Is it true that 21st century western politics is no longer about embracing the future but about walling ourselves off from it? Yes, says Sweden’s former prime minister Carl Bildt, in his diagnosis of the Austrian Narrow Squeak, which is to sat the narrow defeat of the far right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer. No, says … Continue reading “Is western politics becoming all about building a wall against the future?”

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Watch Hillary Rodham, 37-year-old Arkansas First Lady. She’s compelling

by Rashmee

Posted on April 25, 2016


Sunil Adam put this 1979 interview with Hillary Rodham on Facebook and I cannot urge you strongly enough to watch it. (Link here. Just a bit of VHS recording disruption at the top of the piece, then it’s fine.) Whether you like Hillary or you don’t, just watch this old-fashioned television one-on-one with the 37-year-old First … Continue reading “Watch Hillary Rodham, 37-year-old Arkansas First Lady. She’s compelling”

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Hillary is stuck in a bad news loop that’s feeding voraciously off itself

by Rashmee

Posted on September 20, 2015


Here’s the news about Hillary Clinton. (P.S.: You knew it already. It’s not really news.) Hillary Clinton is stuck in a so-called “poll-deflating feedback loop”. According to David Weigel of The Washington Post, voters are hearing about only three types of Clinton stories, all of them with negative implications for her. First, stories about the … Continue reading “Hillary is stuck in a bad news loop that’s feeding voraciously off itself”

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Unknown knowns: Doesn’t trust deficit just mean dishonest?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 16, 2015


Is Hillary Clinton honest enough to be president? The Washington Post posed the question in an opinion piece last week, but its headline was less daring, more euphemistic…just safer, really. In the sense that it didn’t say outright that Mrs Clinton was a liar or dishonest or anything like that. Click here to read the … Continue reading “Unknown knowns: Doesn’t trust deficit just mean dishonest?”

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Unknown knowns: Can language fix US political injustice of the dynasties?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2015


Pooja Bhatia has a great idea on OZY about how to spread America’s political lolly. “Why not amend the Constitution to prevent presidential dynasties?” Click here to read her piece but if you don’t here’s the key point: “Something simple would do, like Any immediate family member of a former president is ineligible to run … Continue reading “Unknown knowns: Can language fix US political injustice of the dynasties?”

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‘Bill Clinton is like nuclear energy’: known known but a new phrase

by Rashmee

Posted on May 13, 2015


It’s rare in the samey, stale homogenous world of political writing to find a new descriptive phrase that’s bold and apt and actually says something. So how about this one from the US? “Bill Clinton is like nuclear energy,” said David Axelrod, a strategist on President Obama’s campaigns. “If you use it properly, it can … Continue reading “‘Bill Clinton is like nuclear energy’: known known but a new phrase”

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Monica Lewinsky and the killing price of shame: No real job or home or niche?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 23, 2015


How would the story of the White House intern, Bill Clinton and the stained blue dress have played today? The New York Times suggests that “the digital reality of it would have been worse (or at least more pungent).” The paper makes this pronouncement off the back of Monica Lewinsky’s brave but cautious re-emergence into … Continue reading “Monica Lewinsky and the killing price of shame: No real job or home or niche?”

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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