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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Climate refugees is not a new term but get used to hearing it more often

by Rashmee

Posted on September 22, 2020 / The National


This is officially Climate Week and it’s brought to the world by the United Nations and New York City, on the sidelines of the ongoing, virtual 75th UN General Assembly. Unofficially, climate week now runs throughout the year in some form or other, somewhere — an extreme weather event, a call to action, or a heated argument … Continue reading “Climate refugees is not a new term but get used to hearing it more often”

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How a new multilateralism is emerging from summits and crises

by Rashmee

Posted on August 27, 2019 / The National


The freshly concluded Group of Seven summit in Biarritz and the fires raging through the Amazon rainforest have sent a similar message. More global co-operation is needed, not less and it doesn’t matter if not everyone is on the same page. The new multilateralism has a shifting line-up and a changing cast of leaders. Sometimes, … Continue reading “How a new multilateralism is emerging from summits and crises”

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What’s on BRICS’ collective mind?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 25, 2019


Today (July 25th) and tomorrow, foreign ministers of the BRICS countries meet in Rio de Janeiro. BRICS —Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – will have its annual summit in Brasília in November. The foreign ministers will discuss what their principals will talk about later in the year. But there are some hints already … Continue reading “What’s on BRICS’ collective mind?”

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Trump & Trump of the Tropics: Maliciousness towards minorities and misogyny are a limited bond

by Rashmee

Posted on March 20, 2019


Donald Trump has just met (on March 19) the so-called ‘Trump of the Tropics’, Brazil’s relatively new president Jair Bolsonaro. The whole thing was watched carefully, as a meeting of minds between two men with a taste for incendiary tweets, nationalist rhetoric and reactionary policies on crime and social issues. They also share a loathing … Continue reading “Trump & Trump of the Tropics: Maliciousness towards minorities and misogyny are a limited bond”

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The ‘Trump of the Tropics’ takes office & his guru spouts off. Happy New Year

by Rashmee

Posted on December 31, 2018


Tomorrow, January 1, the ‘Trump of the Tropics’ takes office as president of Brazil. Much has been written about Jair Bolsonaro, but there’s probably nothing so revealing as Brian Winter’s interview with Mr Bolsonaro’s intellectual guru. Click here to read it, but if you don’t, just skim through the next few paragraphs. You’ll get the … Continue reading “The ‘Trump of the Tropics’ takes office & his guru spouts off. Happy New Year”

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Concidisti populos nasum tuum. Brazil’s Bolsonaro spitefully cuts off his (& the poor’s) nose

by Rashmee

Posted on November 16, 2018


Is there anything more silly than Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro provoking Cuba to withdraw its 11,420 doctors from Brazil? Is there anything quite as callous? Those doctors work in some of Brazil’s poorest and most remote regions. They’re generally regarded as rather a good thing, being part of Cuba’s robust (and free to its citizens) … Continue reading “Concidisti populos nasum tuum. Brazil’s Bolsonaro spitefully cuts off his (& the poor’s) nose”

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Nick Clegg is right. Even Bhutan’s fledgling politics feels baleful effects of tech

by Rashmee

Posted on October 22, 2018


After he took a job with Facebook, former UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg explained his decision as prompted by a desire to “build bridges between politics and tech” because the two worlds “too often speak past each other”. He’s right on that count. Politics is increasingly affected by the data-driven technological revolution, sometimes for … Continue reading “Nick Clegg is right. Even Bhutan’s fledgling politics feels baleful effects of tech”

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Brazil and the continuing worldwide attack on ‘mutual toleration’

by Rashmee

Posted on October 9, 2018


  There is a paragraph in political scientist Robert Muggah’s piece about Brazil that seems to go to the heart of the matter. “Not since the restoration of democracy in 1985 has a Brazilian election been so contentious and unpredictable,” Mr Muggah writes. “At stake is the presidency, but also positions for 27 state governors, … Continue reading “Brazil and the continuing worldwide attack on ‘mutual toleration’”

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Will Brazil update the coup to reflect 21st century democratic values?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 5, 2018


Something is brewing in Brazil and it isn’t a traditional coup, reports Brian Winter, editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly magazine. It’s disgust at years of scandal, misbehaving elected officials, wanton economic policy, and an utterly cynical values-free politics. Mr Winter, who reported from Brazil from 2010 to 2015, recently returned to the country and was amazed … Continue reading “Will Brazil update the coup to reflect 21st century democratic values?”

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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