Impeachment: The American equivalent of a parliamentary no-confidence vote?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 15, 2021


/ POLITICS IN AMERICA On the Friday before Donald Trump was acquitted for a second time in as many years in his impeachment trial, I heard Cardozo School of Law professor and ABC News contributor Kate Shaw  discuss an interesting new concept: “Impeachment talk”. Impeachment, she said to Five Thirty Eight’s Galen Druke, may now … Continue reading “Impeachment: The American equivalent of a parliamentary no-confidence vote?”

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Myanmar’s democracy was always a bit of an aspiration. Now, we don’t have even that

by Rashmee

Posted on February 13, 2021


/FAITH, HOPE… A fortnight after the military coup in Myanmar, the dismal truth is how little hope there is for a return to normal order. That’s because the normal order for Myanmar would be a managed democracy or at least, a quasi-democracy. And that doesn’t seem to have pleased anyone. Not the country’s powerful army, … Continue reading “Myanmar’s democracy was always a bit of an aspiration. Now, we don’t have even that”

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What Mr Trump said, how he said it and how it was heard

by Rashmee

Posted on February 12, 2021


/ LANGUAGE For a man who wears his intellectual bankruptcy and linguistic imprecision as a badge of honour, Donald Trump is remarkably pointed and careful about what he says, how he says it and how it’s heard. That particular style of oral communication is at the heart of the debate during Mr Trump’s second impeachment … Continue reading “What Mr Trump said, how he said it and how it was heard”

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Human good and a Groundhog year when Trump goes on trial for a second time in 365 days

by Rashmee

Posted on February 9, 2021


/ POLITICS & AMERICA Here’s the silver lining as former president Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial begins a second time: This is the last one. Be of good cheer, we will not have to revisit Mr Trump’s words and deeds after this, paying close attention to his dismal thought processes (if they can be … Continue reading “Human good and a Groundhog year when Trump goes on trial for a second time in 365 days”

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Big Tech is on trial

by Rashmee

Posted on February 4, 2021


/IT’S THE BUSINESS Last year, regulators in both the US and the EU were fairly tough on technology companies but 2021 may be a pivotal moment. There is growing concern that tech giants’ economic dominance is translating into political power – too much of it – as seen in Twitter’s decision to ban Mr Trump. … Continue reading “Big Tech is on trial”

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Europe looks to a new US president who knows what comes of ‘wrong patriotism’

by Rashmee

Posted on January 30, 2021


This, the second weekend since Joe Biden got to the White House, is a good moment to understand the depths of Europe’s dismay over his predecessor’s destructive and dangerous four-year presidency. Long story short, it’s basically a mixture of trepidation and hope that America, Europe and the world turns the page on Trumpism’s gleeful and … Continue reading “Europe looks to a new US president who knows what comes of ‘wrong patriotism’”

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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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Horsing around and exhortations: World to Biden’s America

by Rashmee

Posted on January 28, 2021


In the blissfully quiet first week of Joe Biden’s presidency, there’s been a lot of horsing around as well as more serious exhortations from around the world about the United States. Mostly it’s about the challenges faced by the country. Donald Trump isn’t always mentioned by name but he hangs – like a pall – over … Continue reading “Horsing around and exhortations: World to Biden’s America”

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Davos is in lockdown, complete with its crystal ball

by Rashmee

Posted on January 26, 2021


This is the week the World Economic Forum (WEF), normally held in the Alpine surrounds of Davos, goes virtual. Really virtual. No physical events. No hobnobbing, no kibitzing, no frothy fabulous parties. But that hasn’t stopped Davos Man & Woman from peering into their crystal ball, seeking to reveal the future. The 51st edition of … Continue reading “Davos is in lockdown, complete with its crystal ball”

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Like an abused partner, the BBC still trails tearfully after Mr Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on January 22, 2021


The BBC was at it on Inauguration Day. Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day. ‘Newsnight’, the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme, flew Emily Maitlis into Washington, D.C. There, Ms Maitlis, a forensic interviewer, sat in a blue coat and matching scarf and spoke to the following people on Mr Biden’s Inauguration Day: ** Dwight … Continue reading “Like an abused partner, the BBC still trails tearfully after Mr Trump”

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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