When did Emmanuel Macron become a synonym for political insubstantiality?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 17, 2018


It’s fair to say France’s President Emmanuel Macron may not find much to be merry about this Christmas season. The Yellow Vests protest has continued for six weeks (although sputtering now) and he’s become an object lesson in what not to look for in a leader. Consider the following stinging comment on Mr Macron from … Continue reading “When did Emmanuel Macron become a synonym for political insubstantiality?”

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Wave theory: The US did experience undulatory movement & it was blue

by Rashmee

Posted on November 8, 2018


Josh Chafetz, Cornell law professor, summed it up in a tweet on Wednesday, November 7: “Why is the developing narrative that ‘welp, it wasn’t a blue wave after all!’?” Well, quite? Why indeed? A  ‘wave’ election is one in which a political party makes major gains and for the United States, it means more than 20 seats … Continue reading “Wave theory: The US did experience undulatory movement & it was blue”

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It’s not polarisation that makes houses of US Congress move differently

by Rashmee

Posted on November 5, 2018


Those who aren’t American – or don’t care about American politics – might wonder why the November 6 mid-terms are expected to result in the two house chambers moving in different directions. That’s because of the electoral map. In the House of Representatives, where all 435 seats are up for grabs, Democrats have momentum. They’re … Continue reading “It’s not polarisation that makes houses of US Congress move differently”

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America needs a strong third-party alternative. Built from the bottom-up, not top-down

by Rashmee

Posted on August 3, 2016


Many Americans would probably agree with Nina Turner, an African-American former Ohio state senator who was one of Bernie Sanders’s most passionate surrogates, that the US needs more than two viable political parties. That the Republican Party (or the ghost of it post-Trump) and the Democratic Party (progressive but not radical enough) don’t offer something … Continue reading “America needs a strong third-party alternative. Built from the bottom-up, not top-down”

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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