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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Hubris and humility: Remembering Ozymandias, ‘that colossal wreck’

by Rashmee

Posted on January 21, 2021


Just the other day Donald Trump was likened to Ozymandias, the Greek name for the legendary Egyptian pharaoh, at least in the sense that Mr Trump’s sketchy legacy was obviously crumbling in his last weeks in office. The Economist said its cover was meant to convey as much, even as it mentioned Ozymandias and Mr … Continue reading “Hubris and humility: Remembering Ozymandias, ‘that colossal wreck’”

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Slash and burn: Trump’s pyromaniac foreign policy moves on his way out

by Rashmee

Posted on January 20, 2021


Until the end, Donald Trump has remained true to himself (as well as the most churlish portrait of him). On his way out of the Oval Office, he’s lit wildfires of various sorts in the foreign policy sphere. It’s obvious that he wants to make life even harder for incoming President Joe Biden. (‘Take that. … Continue reading “Slash and burn: Trump’s pyromaniac foreign policy moves on his way out”

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America’s corporate citizens want a role in governing public life

by Rashmee

Posted on January 19, 2021 / The National


Can big business help clean up America’s public square? It’s a question that matters enormously in the current context, as the US gets a new president while still wrestling with the insurrectionist impulses and polarisation promoted by the outgoing one. A fortnight after the rampage at the US Capitol in Washington, at least two dozen … Continue reading “America’s corporate citizens want a role in governing public life”

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MAGA: In Trumpspeak, an aspirational euphemism for Republicanism?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 18, 2021


This is the last week that we need to invest Donald Trump’s pronouncements with the solemn weight that comes of where he stands. So here goes. Noticed something? Mr Trump increasingly speaks of his MAGA ‘movement’ but doesn’t mention the Republican Party. That may be just fine with sections of the Party, which is in … Continue reading “MAGA: In Trumpspeak, an aspirational euphemism for Republicanism?”

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1/6, 9/11 and the threat of terrorism

by Rashmee

Posted on January 17, 2021


Could 1/6, the day of the Trump-incited US  Capitol siege, be the harbinger of a 9/11-type attempt to attack America? I ask this in light of a fascinating piece I read the other day. Ed Luce, US editor of the Financial Times, quoted former FBI counter-terrorism agent Ali Soufan’s warning that January 6 could be … Continue reading “1/6, 9/11 and the threat of terrorism”

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#CoupKluxKlan. The headline that said it all came from India

by Rashmee

Posted on January 15, 2021


The nuanced way the world understood Donald Trump’s racially charged call to a mob to march on the US Capitol is best summed up in one headline. It was splashed across the frontpage of The Times of India, my old employer. “Coup Klux Klan”, said TOI, in reference to the troubling motivations of the pro-Trump … Continue reading “#CoupKluxKlan. The headline that said it all came from India”

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America then and now through the actions of one company, Airbnb

by Rashmee

Posted on January 14, 2021


It was Morning Brew, the smartest and sassiest business newsletter in the world, that pointed out the difference between America then and now through the actions of one company. Airbnb. America then? The before times, ie 2009, during Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration. It was a pivotal moment, says Morning Brew, for Airbnb’s cofounders, Brian Chesky, Joe … Continue reading “America then and now through the actions of one company, Airbnb”

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The US Capitol siege in Smart-Aleckisms and gags from around the world

by Rashmee

Posted on January 13, 2021


When Donald Trump incited a mob to lay siege to the US Capitol, WhatsApp users in India started sharing the following gag:  “Owing to Covid travel restrictions, this year’s US backed coup will take place at home”. A few days later, ‘The Daily Nation’, a Kenyan newspaper, carried a photograph of the chaos and debri … Continue reading “The US Capitol siege in Smart-Aleckisms and gags from around the world”

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Museveni‘s Uganda: A template for presidents who don’t want to leave office

by Rashmee

Posted on January 12, 2021


Does any of this sound familiar? A president who refuses to leave office and will do just about anything to make it happen. Compliant legislators who coddle the man. A quarrel with big tech, which is trying to rein the administration in. That’s the situation in Uganda as it moves with some difficulty towards a … Continue reading “Museveni‘s Uganda: A template for presidents who don’t want to leave office”

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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