Democracy doesn’t have to be Western-style, nor the development template

by Rashmee

Posted on September 19, 2020


Veteran foreign policywallah Kishore Mahbubani once wrote a piece for The New York Times titled …

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Is democracy really dying a slow, agonising death?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 25, 2019


It’s fashionable these days for commentators to lament the lingering death of democracy. It’s being …

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At the rate European disunion is going, Britain won’t need to exit

by Rashmee

Posted on February 8, 2019


  Remember, before the Brexit referendum there was Viktor Orban. In 2014, two years before …

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Turkey’s state of permanent crisis serves Erdogan

by Rashmee

Posted on January 20, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Nearly three years after the failed coup that triggered a massive crackdown in Turkey, Turkish …

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A tale of two protests

by Rashmee

Posted on December 20, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


What happened in Brussels and Budapest on December 18 was about immigration and its real …

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We’re seeing Plato’s prediction unfold as a 3-act play: democracy, oligarchy, tyranny

by Rashmee

Posted on November 2, 2018


  It’s become a familiar dirge: democracy is in decline and strongmen are on the …

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Ever noticed how democracy is described as if it equals justice and virtue?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 22, 2018


  The other day a prominent columnist for an American newspaper bewailed “our current democratic …

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A world of non-traditional coups and justice dispensed with one eye on politics

by Rashmee

Posted on September 4, 2018


In Pakistan, so some have said, the powerful army decided not to have a conventional …

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Does Hungary’s Viktor Orban think he’s a Christian Saladin?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 2, 2018


  What gives Hungary the right – or responsibility – to lead the West? Nothing …

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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