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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Iowa: Not a farce, but an acutely embarrassing tech fail

by Rashmee

Posted on February 4, 2020


Much of the world expected to have woken on Tuesday morning (Feb. 4) to a result from the Iowa caucuses. In fact, in this 2020 cycle, much of the world expected three separate results from Iowa because the Democratic Party changed the rules to count the following: the first choice or “alignment” in caucus parlance … Continue reading “Iowa: Not a farce, but an acutely embarrassing tech fail”

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Today, Iowa caucuses. But to what end when winning is going out of fashion?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 3, 2020


Winning is going out of fashion, we learnt late last year. In early December, Britain’s most prestigious modern art award, the Turner Prize, organised a mass giveaway to the four shortlisted artists, after they had already asked to share the honour. Just weeks before that, judges of the world’s august literary prize, the Booker, refused to … Continue reading “Today, Iowa caucuses. But to what end when winning is going out of fashion?”

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Iowa caucuses show Middle East issues matter

by Rashmee

Posted on February 2, 2020 / The Arab Weekly


After the results of all 99 counties are tabulated, the Iowa caucuses are supposed to offer a clarifying moment for the United States and the wider world. On February 3, Iowa, a predominantly rural state in the American Midwest, kicks off the US presidential primary season. Across the state, Iowans will caucus, which is to … Continue reading “Iowa caucuses show Middle East issues matter”

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Iowa is still unsure who it will vote for - just like the rest of the US

by Rashmee

Posted on January 28, 2020 / The National


The week before Iowa, a predominantly rural state in Midwestern United States, kicks off the presidential primary season, its rolling plains and cornfields are covered in snow and the political debate is heating up. On February 3, this overwhelmingly white and sparsely populated state of barely three million will fire the starting gun for the … Continue reading “Iowa is still unsure who it will vote for - just like the rest of the US”

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Trump may be the ‘Teflon president’ but there are limits even to non-stick surfaces

by Rashmee

Posted on November 22, 2019


Donald Trump took the politics of no-limits and no-shame into prime time. Until 2015, the no-limits, no-shame politics was largely the preserve of autocrats and strongmen in poor, developing countries and former Soviet republics. It was the strong leaders of weak states who embraced the awkwardness, never apologised, stoked the divisive and the ugly, winked … Continue reading “Trump may be the ‘Teflon president’ but there are limits even to non-stick surfaces”

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What happens in the Democratic contest is just as important for the US as the impeachment inquiry

by Rashmee

Posted on October 13, 2019 / The National


While the focus of the US Congress over the past few weeks has been on the impeachment inquiry and Donald Trump’s announcement of a pullout from Syria, with catastrophic consequences, Tuesday will be a chance for the 2020 presidential race to take centre stage once again. A dozen Democratic candidates will gather in Ohio for … Continue reading “What happens in the Democratic contest is just as important for the US as the impeachment inquiry”

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US 2020: The most battleground state of them all

by Rashmee

Posted on June 28, 2019


America’s most battleground state in the next election has to be Wisconsin in the mid-west. Consider why. It’s less Republican than swing states such as Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Iowa. It went for Donald Trump in 2016 but was leaning Democratic in the two years leading up the November 2018 mid-terms. But then in … Continue reading “US 2020: The most battleground state of them all”

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Trump’s response to 1st Democratic debate speaks volumes

by Rashmee

Posted on June 27, 2019


The effrontery of Donald Trump’s response to the first debate among Democratic contenders for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination is partly what’s wrong with the system we’re in. Mr Trump, who was watching the debate aboard Air Force One on his way to the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, tweeted: “BORING”. Well, but naturally. The … Continue reading “Trump’s response to 1st Democratic debate speaks volumes”

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Joe Biden could yet serve a purpose (but not as the 46th president)

by Rashmee

Posted on April 26, 2019


There are three things to say about Joe Biden’s candidacy. What? Why? Wherefore? All three are possible to address if one looks at the essential logic of Mr Biden’s candidature in 2020. So what is this Biden run? It’s a third-time-lucky punt. It’s a Hillary Clintonesque “I-want-to-be-president” candidacy. It’s a policy-lite campaign. And that’s ok … Continue reading “Joe Biden could yet serve a purpose (but not as the 46th president)”

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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