Did Donald Trump’s bluster (and promises) ever pass muster? No

by Rashmee

Posted on March 2, 2016


Over on Bloomberg View, Albert R. Hunt offers an insightful analysis of how much (or even if) Donald Trump could ever keep any of his most prominent promises from the campaign trail. Mostly, no. As much as Mr Trump snarls his extravagant promises and vows to beat the world into submission, his campaign pledges don’t … Continue reading “Did Donald Trump’s bluster (and promises) ever pass muster? No”

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America’s Ayatollah? How #DonaldTrump’s foreign policy rhetoric sounds

by Rashmee

Posted on March 1, 2016


The things that Donald Trump says to rouse the masses are reminiscent of the some of the stuff that comes out of Tehran. “Great Satan.” (Mexico or China, depending on which is the bigger irritant at the time) “Little Satan.” (Mexico or China, depending on which is the bigger irritant at the time) “Death to … Continue reading “America’s Ayatollah? How #DonaldTrump’s foreign policy rhetoric sounds”

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South Carolina vote & an evangelical radio talkshow host’s agony over Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on February 20, 2016


In the countdown to the South Carolina primary, The Donald’s stubborn dominance of the polls reminded me of the predicament of a radio talk show host in that state. Mr Trump’s popularity caught Tony Beam unawares. Mr Beam, who hosts the radio show ChristianWorldview Today, learnt things about his listeners that he’d never suspected. And doesn’t like. … Continue reading “South Carolina vote & an evangelical radio talkshow host’s agony over Trump”

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Trump may have the most Republican support but he may be trumped yet

by Rashmee

Posted on February 1, 2016


It’s official. Donald Trump has the support of 37 per cent of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll published a week before the first votes of the 2016 campaign are cast. This is just one point lower than the support he enjoyed a month ago. Ted Cruz of Texas came second … Continue reading “Trump may have the most Republican support but he may be trumped yet”

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In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Donald Trump. What an obit

by Rashmee

Posted on January 27, 2016


Chiropractic Jeffrey H. Cohen’s obituary, published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette just a few days ago, made this extraordinary plea: “Jeffrey would ask that in lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Donald Trump. (Also acceptable – donations to the Nimmo Educational Foundation.” It is a measure of the mounting unease among many Americans with … Continue reading “In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Donald Trump. What an obit”

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Donald Trump’s nativist bandwagon: Would he throw someone like me off?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 25, 2015


Listen carefully to the Americans around you. The ones who are American by blood – and birthright. Then hear what they say. How many think Donald Trump is onto a good thing when he talks about abolishing birthright citizenship? This is a touchy issue. Many Americans, whose nationality comes from both blood and birthright, believe … Continue reading “Donald Trump’s nativist bandwagon: Would he throw someone like me off?”

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Why is everyone equating Jeremy Corbyn with Donald Trump?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 24, 2015


They are not two of a kind. Just being front-runners (for party nomination) on either side of the Atlantic is not enough. They are nothing like each other except that they embrace public life and signify the disgruntlement of voters about politics as usual. Donald Trump, who wants to win the Republican party’s nomination to … Continue reading “Why is everyone equating Jeremy Corbyn with Donald 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