Money talks. Mitch McConnell and corporate America’s First Amendment rights

by Rashmee

Posted on April 9, 2021


/ LANGUAGE I thought the Huffington Post offered the most succinct analysis of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call to corporations to stay out of politics. “Shut up and donate,” said HuffPo’s headline. The strap provided all the other context anyone might need: “Congress’ biggest defender of corporate political speech rights changes his tune.” Quite. … Continue reading “Money talks. Mitch McConnell and corporate America’s First Amendment rights”

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Legislative thuggery in Georgia?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 2, 2021


/ LANGUAGE In 1897, Mark Twain described the menace of Thuggee in India on the basis of a 60-year-old British government report. Twain noted in ‘Following the Equator’ (sometimes published with the alternative title ‘More Tramps Abroad’) “that nobody could travel the Indian roads unprotected and live to get through; that the Thugs respected no … Continue reading “Legislative thuggery in Georgia?”

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America’s political destiny will be decided in one very divided state

by Rashmee

Posted on January 4, 2021 / The National


There is a lot riding on a pair of elections in the southern American state of Georgia, as it votes to elect its senators two months after the general election. In the first round of voting, which took place during the November presidential election, none of Georgia’s candidates for senate earned the 50 per cent … Continue reading “America’s political destiny will be decided in one very divided state”

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Trump vs the People: Even a low-energy autogolpe can be dangerous

by Rashmee

Posted on December 12, 2020


On Friday, December 11, the US Supreme Court finally pronounced on a matter that I’m going to call Trump vs the People. That’s Donald Trump’s attempt to, in his words, “overturn” the results of the November 3 general election and Joe Biden’s victory with 306 electoral college votes and an extra six million ballots. One … Continue reading “Trump vs the People: Even a low-energy autogolpe can be dangerous”

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A Koch and bull story?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 29, 2020


A couple of weeks ago, America’s 15th-wealthiest man pledged to henceforth work to heal and unify. It was a big deal that this was said a couple of weeks after the US general election and that it came from Charles Koch. Mr Koch, 85, is chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, America’s second largest private … Continue reading “A Koch and bull story?”

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Georgia on our collective, climate-conscious mind

by Rashmee

Posted on November 16, 2020


President Joe Biden will be in office, come one-minute past noon on January 20. The US will, that very day, rejoin the Paris climate pact. Good. But what happens next? How does the US, the second biggest carbon emitter in the world, become consistently climate conscious, by federal order, no matter who’s in the White … Continue reading “Georgia on our collective, climate-conscious mind”

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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