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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The Republican vote turned out for the party. It was Trump that voters fired

by Rashmee

Posted on November 7, 2020


Four days on from US election day, here’s where it stands. Republicans hold 48 senate seats; so do the Democrats. The two remaining seats in Georgia will go into a run-off on January 5 because the leading candidates’ vote shares dropped below 50 per cent. In the House of Representatives the Democrats hold 213 seats … Continue reading “The Republican vote turned out for the party. It was Trump that voters fired”

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In four years of Trump, a change in the attitude to violence in politics

by Rashmee

Posted on October 10, 2020


The October 9 New York Times’s briefing from David Leonhardt repeated a point made by The Economist’s John Prideaux in his Checks and Balance newsletter of October 2. The point is as follows: An alarming proportion of Americans seem to believe violence is justified to advance a political goal. The Economist cited a large-sample poll … Continue reading “In four years of Trump, a change in the attitude to violence in politics”

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Biden was like a glass of cool water on a hot day – still water, not sparkling, unfiltered, unflavoured

by Rashmee

Posted on August 21, 2020


It was nearly 5 am when I went to bed today (August 21) and I blame the Democrats and Joe Biden. I had to see whether he would give the “speech of his life” on the final day of the mostly virtual Democratic National Convention. Many say he did. To me he sounded just as … Continue reading “Biden was like a glass of cool water on a hot day – still water, not sparkling, unfiltered, unflavoured”

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Is Trump really ‘the Mark Twain of American politics’?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 12, 2020


Two Democratic Party political consultants are giving the United States (and some other parts of the world) the jitters. Despite a slew of national opinion polls showing that Donald Trump trails his Democratic rival Joe Biden, Arick Wierson and Bradley Honan have warned that the president may quite easily win re-election. Trump, they say, might … Continue reading “Is Trump really ‘the Mark Twain of American politics’?”

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Wisconsin and South Korea – a tale of two elections

by Rashmee

Posted on April 17, 2020 / The Focus


April began with a textbook example of how not to hold an election and progressed to a well-run national poll during a pandemic. There’s a big gap between Wisconsin, which voted on 7 April, and South Korea, which conducted the first big election of the coronavirus era eight days later. It’s about tech-savvy governance and … Continue reading “Wisconsin and South Korea – a tale of two elections”

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Sanders or not, the US Democratic Party is increasingly turned off by Netanyahu’s Israel

by Rashmee

Posted on March 6, 2020


Whatever happens with the two-man race that is now the Democratic presidential field, one thing is clear: the positions taken by Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel are forcing a change in the strongly bipartisan nature of US-Israeli ties. Where once both the Republican and Democratic parties shared the exact same regard for Israel – so much so … Continue reading “Sanders or not, the US Democratic Party is increasingly turned off by Netanyahu’s Israel”

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The ‘comeback grandpa’

by Rashmee

Posted on March 4, 2020


It’s nearly 40 years since Bill Clinton became “the comeback kid”, pulling off a second-place finish in New Hampshire and going on to become a two-term president. Joe Biden is now being called the “comeback grandpa”. It is a fitting moniker. Until the South Carolina vote on February 29, Mr Biden had never won a … Continue reading “The ‘comeback grandpa’”

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How super will this Tuesday be?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 3, 2020


With voters in 14 US states and American Samoa casting their ballots in Democratic primaries, there’s a lot at stake. Namely, 1,357 delegates A make-or-break moment for a few candidates A sense of momentum for whoever leads the race Personally, I thrilled to Pete Buttigieg’s speech at Joe Biden’s Texas rally on Monday night (March … Continue reading “How super will this Tuesday be?”

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Why a small American state can have a big impact on the world

by Rashmee

Posted on February 12, 2020 / The National


The battle for the US presidency gets properly under way with Tuesday’s election in New Hampshire, a small north-eastern state, where the Democratic Party picks its preferred choice for presidential nominee. Meanwhile, two seemingly contradictory narratives are emerging. The first is that the Democratic Party is simply incapable of winning against incumbent president Donald Trump … Continue reading “Why a small American state can have a big impact on the world”

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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