The Brothers of Italy are led by a sister, but their politics is still the same

by Rashmee

Posted on May 7, 2021


/ LANGUAGE Can we really, with a straight face, talk about women as bringing a totally different, healing touch to politics? In India, there is Sadhvi Rithambara, who is often accused of the most venomous hate speech against Muslims. In France there is Marine le Pen. And Italy has its own wannabe Marine le Pen … Continue reading “The Brothers of Italy are led by a sister, but their politics is still the same”

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Is Europe course-correcting after taking a hard-right turn?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 30, 2021 / The National


Now that the Netherlands’ election results have been finalised and officially published, chances are much of the world will lose interest in what happens next. After all, the incumbent won a fourth term after a dull campaign in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and the process of forming a coalition government in the Netherlands … Continue reading “Is Europe course-correcting after taking a hard-right turn?”

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Generalisations about women in politics don’t hold true

by Rashmee

Posted on August 14, 2019 / The National


Can the Brexit conundrum be solved by an all-female cabinet? And can a woman lead India’s main opposition Congress Party out of the political doldrums? We may never have the answer to either question. A British cabinet of women is no more than an idea floated on Sunday by Green MP Caroline Lucas. And the … Continue reading “Generalisations about women in politics don’t hold true”

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Message from Bavaria: Peak alt-right?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 21, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


If there’s a lesson from Germany’s regional election in Bavaria, it is about foolish choices in political fashion. If a centrist party appropriates the style of the far right, the new silhouette may end up looking absurd, false and opportunistic. That’s what happened October 14 with the Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavaria. It tried … Continue reading “Message from Bavaria: Peak alt-right?”

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Anti-vaxxism can kill us all

by Rashmee

Posted on September 24, 2018


Smallpox has been eradicated by vaccines, saving approximately five million lives annually but try telling that to Italy’s macho government. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and its coalition partner, the League, plans to undo Italy’s vaccine law, which makes it mandatory for children to be vaccinated. Already, as schools reopen, the government has allowed children … Continue reading “Anti-vaxxism can kill us all”

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Never mind Macron, the real story from the French election is its pollsters. They were spot on

by Rashmee

Posted on May 8, 2017


Emmanuel Macron’s victory may be significant but the real story of the French election was the way the pollsters won. They got it absolutely right. Especially in the first round of voting on April 23, when 11 candidates crowded the picture and the traditional left-right divisions seemed to offer little guidance on the outcome. And … Continue reading “Never mind Macron, the real story from the French election is its pollsters. They were spot on”

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A French revolution? The election results shout that loud and clear

by Rashmee

Posted on April 24, 2017


In the end, the figures didn’t matter. Was Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old upstart fronting a new political outfit, the winner of France’s first-round presidential election? Or did Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party, poll higher than Mr Macron? Whatever the actual numbers, there was a French revolution that occurred on Sunday, … Continue reading “A French revolution? The election results shout that loud and clear”

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Liberals need to heed the messages writ large

by Rashmee

Posted on March 9, 2017 / The National


A recent news report on France’s presidential election campaign and the prospects of far-right leader Marine Le Pen is worth parsing because it says something so politically blasphemous as to be barely believable. John Laurenson reported for the BBC from among French people whom Britain’s prime minister Theresa May might have called “left behind”. He … Continue reading “Liberals need to heed the messages writ large”

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There’s a global debate about ‘do we belong’

by Rashmee

Posted on March 2, 2017 / The National


After an Indian engineer was shot dead in the United States for, as his white American assailant said: “looking Middle Eastern”, the grieving widow asked a question of 21st century America: “Do we belong?” She meant the following: do people such as her and her late husband — educated, law-abiding foreigners with the legal right to live … Continue reading “There’s a global debate about ‘do we belong’”

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Is Canada really immune from the populist wave or is it just pretending?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 13, 2016


Ever wondered why Canada doesn’t seem caught up in the populist wave that’s affecting other western countries? Don’t know about you but it’s been on my mind and here’s J.J. McCullough with an answer. There is room for populist politics, which exists, albeit only unofficially. It will stay invisible until it doesn’t, possibly in 2019 … Continue reading “Is Canada really immune from the populist wave or is it just pretending?”

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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