In America, the usual suspects start to vote in-person

by Rashmee

Posted on October 20, 2020


In-person voting starts in Wisconsin, Hawaii and Utah on October 20. Only one should have you on the edge of your seat. Wisconsin. Donald Trump won in Wisconsin by a small margin in 2016 but polls show the state is leaning towards Joe Biden. As for Hawaii, in 2016 it was one of only two … Continue reading “In America, the usual suspects start to vote in-person”

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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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From ‘lock her up’ to ‘send her back’, Donald Trump’s evolution continues apace

by Rashmee

Posted on July 18, 2019


From ‘lock her up’ to ‘send her back’, Donald Trump’s political evolution continues apace. He has gone from misogynist would-be persecutor of a political rival to a racist, misogynist would-be persecutor of a political rival. On July 17, Mr Trump goaded a crowd at his rally in North Carolina to chant “send her back! send … Continue reading “From ‘lock her up’ to ‘send her back’, Donald Trump’s evolution continues apace”

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The lessons of Australia’s ‘climate-change’ election

by Rashmee

Posted on May 20, 2019


Be careful not to read the wrong lessons from the surprise result of Australia’s so-called ‘climate-change’ election. The conservative political coalition was re-elected after six years of tumult, despite opinion polls suggesting the country was ready for a change. It would be wrong to infer the conservatives are popular. It would also be quite wrong … Continue reading “The lessons of Australia’s ‘climate-change’ election”

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I’m colluding with Russia. The farce to which American politics is reduced

by Rashmee

Posted on November 1, 2017


    I write at a desk on which stands a Matryoshka doll. By the US president’s new extraordinary standard, that seems to mean “collusion” with the Russians. For, as others have pointed out the Trump White House now says collusion covers not just Russia’s election interference but anything that anyone has to do with Russia at … Continue reading “I’m colluding with Russia. The farce to which American politics is reduced”

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Part II – What’s got a jazzy label and is confusing? The new politics of our age

by Rashmee

Posted on May 23, 2017


Here’s the second lot of new political labels, properly parsed. (Click here for Part I on the first five labels.) ** Losers vs Winners Those who don’t think globalisation is good for them and those who do. That said, most of the people who want to pull up the drawbridge (leave trade blocs and shut off … Continue reading “Part II – What’s got a jazzy label and is confusing? The new politics of our age”

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Do you really believe Donald Trump cares about justice for Hillary?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 10, 2017


In his three months as president, 18 months on the campaign trail and decades in public life, Donald Trump has not demonstrated great regard for truth, justice, honesty and fair play. When it suited him he filed for bankruptcy and let the small traders to whom he was in debt suffer. When he was so … Continue reading “Do you really believe Donald Trump cares about justice for Hillary?”

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How long will Hillary Clinton be free to hike in the woods in Trump’s America?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 15, 2016


On Friday, The Guardian reported a touching story about Hillary Clinton unplugged. The defeated candidate after the election. The Guardian wrote that Margot Gerster, “an upstate New York woman, hoping to take her mind off of the US election results with a hike through the woods of Westchester County, bumped into another woman with a … Continue reading “How long will Hillary Clinton be free to hike in the woods in Trump’s America?”

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America must widen its pool of leadership

by Rashmee

Posted on November 10, 2016 / The National


For all that a great democratic exercise was under way in the United States for 18 turbulent months, there has been more talk of political dynasties this election than one might have thought proper for a republic. Hillary Clinton was considered part of an existing dynasty, her husband having served as America’s 42nd president. Despite … Continue reading “America must widen its pool of leadership”

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Who would the world have voted into the White House, had it a vote?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 9, 2016


Much of the world – the more populous parts to the east – wakes not knowing who America has elected to be its next president. But who would the world have voted into the White House, had it a vote? The pollster YouGov conducted a survey of 19 nations, asking people to pick either Donald … Continue reading “Who would the world have voted into the White House, had it a vote?”

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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