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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Even the US doesn’t have a ‘magic money tree’

by Rashmee

Posted on January 3, 2021


  I never thought I’d say these words, but here goes: I agree with Mitch McConnell. The Republican Senate majority leader refused to move forward with President Donald Trump’s command that most American adults be sent $2,000 checks. This, after Mr Trump had signed into law a $900 billion stimulus bill that included means-tested $600 … Continue reading “Even the US doesn’t have a ‘magic money tree’”

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Two ways to think as US election day stretches into the weekend

by Rashmee

Posted on November 6, 2020


  As we wait for US election day to finally end (72, 96 or however many hours it takes), it’s interesting to note the very different views that are emerging about a post-Trump America (should that finally come to pass). Two important columnists’ opinions are worth examining. Ed Luce, the Financial Times’ chief US commentator … Continue reading “Two ways to think as US election day stretches into the weekend”

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Trump and the lucky man syndrome

by Rashmee

Posted on February 19, 2020


Everyone’s marvelling at Donald J Trump. He may dissemble, lie, cheat, bully, blunder, but he has the damndest luck. Imagine, he was serially bankrupt but can now claim to have led the sound management of the world’s largest economy. He’s a serial philanderer who can now claim to speak about God and the values so … Continue reading “Trump and the lucky man syndrome”

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Trump or not, it’s Washington’s way or Huawei

by Rashmee

Posted on February 18, 2020


If there’s anything that the Munich Security Conference cleared up, it’s this: Donald Trump or not, Washington’s hard line on Chinese firm Huawei will stay. Which means the US will continue to view with disfavour any country that avails of Huawei’s technology. (Boris Johnson had better be listening. By all accounts, Huawei is the reason … Continue reading “Trump or not, it’s Washington’s way or Huawei”

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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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Yesterday marked the one-year countdown to US election day. So, how are the Democrats doing?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 4, 2019


  In 364 days, the US goes to the polls to vote in the most consequential election it’s ever had. I appreciate that most of you aren’t political nerds like me and so you probably didn’t watch Pete Buttigeg deliver his stunning, soaring, stonkingly good speech in Iowa. You probably missed Joe Biden doing the … Continue reading “Yesterday marked the one-year countdown to US election day. So, how are the Democrats doing?”

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Can the Democrats explain the whistleblower issue in a way ordinary Americans can understand?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 21, 2019


I’m not sure, is the short answer. I’m not sure the Democrats can explain the whistleblower issue (as I’m delicately calling it) in a way that ordinary Americans can understand. And respond to in the right way. There are two reasons for scepticism about the Democrats’ ability to do this. First, the case is shrouded … Continue reading “Can the Democrats explain the whistleblower issue in a way ordinary Americans can understand?”

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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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Even a President Sanders couldn’t make the US more like Denmark. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on February 29, 2016


Even though his case may be considered hopeless by some, Bernie Sanders’ attempt at candidacy is interesting. Megan McArdle quotes writer Will Wilkinson’s libertarian case for Bernie Sanders. For those who don’t know Mr Wilkinson, he is vice-president of policy at Washington’s Niskanen Center, a think tank that argues for environmentalism, immigration reform, civil liberties, and a national defense policy based on libertarian principles. The … Continue reading “Even a President Sanders couldn’t make the US more like Denmark. Here’s why”

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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