If politics is now a ‘co-ed sport’, women have to take the ball and run… and run

by Rashmee

Posted on November 19, 2019


I was very taken by Ruth Marcus’s comment in The Washington Post on the great change that has come to US politics: It’s now a “co-ed sport”. As she writes: “The notion of a woman running for president has evolved from singular curiosity in 2016 (Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, alone in their respective parties) … Continue reading “If politics is now a ‘co-ed sport’, women have to take the ball and run… and run”

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What happens in the Democratic contest is just as important for the US as the impeachment inquiry

by Rashmee

Posted on October 13, 2019 / The National


While the focus of the US Congress over the past few weeks has been on the impeachment inquiry and Donald Trump’s announcement of a pullout from Syria, with catastrophic consequences, Tuesday will be a chance for the 2020 presidential race to take centre stage once again. A dozen Democratic candidates will gather in Ohio for … Continue reading “What happens in the Democratic contest is just as important for the US as the impeachment inquiry”

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Elizabeth Warren has long argued for draining the swamp. And she has a plan for that

by Rashmee

Posted on September 29, 2019


Ed Luce put it rather brilliantly in his column in the FT (paywall):  “It was coincidence that Elizabeth Warren took the lead in the Democratic presidential race on the first day of the Donald Trump impeachment process. It was nevertheless a poetic one.” Quite so. Ms Warren is exactly the sort of leader America needs … Continue reading “Elizabeth Warren has long argued for draining the swamp. And she has a plan for that”

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An obscure economic theorem can help understand the opposition to trade deals

by Rashmee

Posted on September 12, 2016


One way to understand some of the angst about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is as follows: the Stolper-Samuelson theorem on the relationship between trade and wages. (Click here for a rather good explainer of the concept by The Economist.     Or just read on. All will be explained.) Wolfgang Stolper and Paul Samuelson were Harvard … Continue reading “An obscure economic theorem can help understand the opposition to trade deals”

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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