The terrible truths about politics and power in America

by Rashmee

Posted on March 25, 2021


/IT’S THE BUSINESS  For those who don’t know about ‘Popular Information’, it’s a newsletter that says it’s about “politics and power”. And how! Written by Judd Legum, ‘Popular Information’ does more to reveal the terrible truths about the relationship between politics and power than some of America’s biggest media groups. Consider this. On March 18, … Continue reading “The terrible truths about politics and power in America”

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What Mr Trump said, how he said it and how it was heard

by Rashmee

Posted on February 12, 2021


/ LANGUAGE For a man who wears his intellectual bankruptcy and linguistic imprecision as a badge of honour, Donald Trump is remarkably pointed and careful about what he says, how he says it and how it’s heard. That particular style of oral communication is at the heart of the debate during Mr Trump’s second impeachment … Continue reading “What Mr Trump said, how he said it and how it was heard”

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MAGA: In Trumpspeak, an aspirational euphemism for Republicanism?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 18, 2021


This is the last week that we need to invest Donald Trump’s pronouncements with the solemn weight that comes of where he stands. So here goes. Noticed something? Mr Trump increasingly speaks of his MAGA ‘movement’ but doesn’t mention the Republican Party. That may be just fine with sections of the Party, which is in … Continue reading “MAGA: In Trumpspeak, an aspirational euphemism for Republicanism?”

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1/6, 9/11 and the threat of terrorism

by Rashmee

Posted on January 17, 2021


Could 1/6, the day of the Trump-incited US  Capitol siege, be the harbinger of a 9/11-type attempt to attack America? I ask this in light of a fascinating piece I read the other day. Ed Luce, US editor of the Financial Times, quoted former FBI counter-terrorism agent Ali Soufan’s warning that January 6 could be … Continue reading “1/6, 9/11 and the threat of terrorism”

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#CoupKluxKlan. The headline that said it all came from India

by Rashmee

Posted on January 15, 2021


The nuanced way the world understood Donald Trump’s racially charged call to a mob to march on the US Capitol is best summed up in one headline. It was splashed across the frontpage of The Times of India, my old employer. “Coup Klux Klan”, said TOI, in reference to the troubling motivations of the pro-Trump … Continue reading “#CoupKluxKlan. The headline that said it all came from India”

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America then and now through the actions of one company, Airbnb

by Rashmee

Posted on January 14, 2021


It was Morning Brew, the smartest and sassiest business newsletter in the world, that pointed out the difference between America then and now through the actions of one company. Airbnb. America then? The before times, ie 2009, during Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration. It was a pivotal moment, says Morning Brew, for Airbnb’s cofounders, Brian Chesky, Joe … Continue reading “America then and now through the actions of one company, Airbnb”

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The US Capitol siege in Smart-Aleckisms and gags from around the world

by Rashmee

Posted on January 13, 2021


When Donald Trump incited a mob to lay siege to the US Capitol, WhatsApp users in India started sharing the following gag:  “Owing to Covid travel restrictions, this year’s US backed coup will take place at home”. A few days later, ‘The Daily Nation’, a Kenyan newspaper, carried a photograph of the chaos and debri … Continue reading “The US Capitol siege in Smart-Aleckisms and gags from around the world”

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Here’s the petty good that’s come to pass since Trump incited US Capitol siege

by Rashmee

Posted on January 11, 2021


Four days after Donald Trump incited the siege of the US Capitol, here’s a rundown of developments. While any assessment can be subjective, it’s fair to say the petty good and undone vast, to quote Robert Browning out of context, is telling. And dispiriting. All law-abiding Americans must hope that the Republican Party finds it … Continue reading “Here’s the petty good that’s come to pass since Trump incited US Capitol siege”

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‘Trump is a political David Koresh’

by Rashmee

Posted on January 9, 2021


  In all the commentary on Donald Trump’s incitement of a mob to march on the US Capitol, the following remark seems particularly insightful and instructive: “Trump is a political David Koresh,” said Billy Piper, a former chief of staff to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, “he sees the end coming and wants to burn … Continue reading “‘Trump is a political David Koresh’”

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Only time will tell the real toll of the siege incited by Mr Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on January 8, 2021


We are yet to know the exact toll of the US Capitol siege. So five people are known to be dead 48 hours after Donald Trump incited his supporters to “walk down to the Capitol” and send lawmakers a message. But here’s the thing. The events encouraged by Mr Trump, his son Don Jr and … Continue reading “Only time will tell the real toll of the siege incited by Mr Trump”

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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