What might the big Biden controversy be? White French cuffs?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 23, 2021


/ POLITICS & AMERICA As usual, Ed Luce of the Financial Times put it best (paywall). Writing about the state of Washington in March 2021 – two months after Joe Biden took control and after six weeks of his own book leave – Mr Luce described it as follows: “People don’t talk about the president … Continue reading “What might the big Biden controversy be? White French cuffs?”

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It’s not about ‘will’. Can Joe Biden succeed as president?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 29, 2021


Here are the two questions everyone’s asking: ** Will Joe Biden succeed as America’s 46th president? ** Can Joe Biden succeed as America’s 46th president? The first question is ultimately unknowable. Who knows if Mr Biden will be able to restore order to his country’s politics and take America back to the superior position it … Continue reading “It’s not about ‘will’. Can Joe Biden succeed as president?”

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Are America’s Demcrats pro-worker or pro-wealth?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 11, 2020


Are America’s Demcrats pro-worker or pro-wealth? The question has taken on outsize importance in the weeks after the November 3 general election. In 2016, the prevailing view was that Donald Trump’s win in the electoral college (but not of the popular vote) was racially charged. Pundits argued ceaselessly that Mr Trump’s appeals to white nationalism … Continue reading “Are America’s Demcrats pro-worker or pro-wealth?”

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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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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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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK