A series of disputed elections show the myriad ways in which democracy’s rules are being warped

by Rashmee

Posted on January 16, 2019 / The National


From the DRC to Bangladesh and Russia, the manipulation of election outcomes is a worrying worldwide trend In 2016, a fateful year for democracy in the US and UK, a book with a seemingly contradictory title was published. Against Elections: The Case for Democracy argued it was dangerous to boil democracy down to a foundational … Continue reading “A series of disputed elections show the myriad ways in which democracy’s rules are being warped”

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‘Putinitis’ re-imagined in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 11, 2019


So, Congolese strongman Joseph Kabila’s preferred successor Emmanuel Shadary hasn’t been declared winner of the December 30 elections. And a senior advisor to Mr Kabila quickly accepted the election results on January 10. As of late on January 10, the DRC’s strongman wasn’t challenging the result. Weird, right? What does any of this mean? Wasn’t … Continue reading “‘Putinitis’ re-imagined in the Democratic Republic of Congo?”

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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