The end of history? When the US renews Russia’s social democratic experiment

by Rashmee

Posted on August 10, 2019


Mexico’s former foreign minister Jorge Castaneda recently wrote a piece that has be one of the most insightful commentaries on our changing world. Mr Castaneda, who’s currently a professor at New York University, mused on the political change that’s coming to America. That’s not about Donald Trump but about something far far bigger. It’s about … Continue reading “The end of history? When the US renews Russia’s social democratic experiment”

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Watching Big America club little Mexico on the head

by Rashmee

Posted on June 12, 2019


There’s something profoundly disturbing about watching Donald Trump’s America club little Mexico on the head. It’s very upsetting to hear Mr Trump subsequently strut around – a big, fat bully with a big, fat mouth – while little Mexico humbly sucks up the humiliation and thanks Mr Trump for the pleasure. I’ve been thinking a … Continue reading “Watching Big America club little Mexico on the head”

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Walls are as much a state of mind as they are physical structures

by Rashmee

Posted on January 9, 2019 / The National


The US government shutdown has been caused by a divisive symbol of a notional security threat The US government shutdown, now in its third week, is ostensibly over a physical wall, president Donald Trump’s proposed “beautiful” border separating the US from Mexico. In reality, what Mr Trump wants to build is not just a physical … Continue reading “Walls are as much a state of mind as they are physical structures”

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Did you hear about Palestinian recognition of Texas as part of Mexico?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 7, 2017


It had to happen. The Palestinian National Authority announced that it would recognize Texas as a state of Mexico because it was violently annexed by the United States in the 1840s. “The territory north and east of the Rio Grande is very important to the Mexican people,” explained a PNA spokesperson. “Before American settlers showed … Continue reading “Did you hear about Palestinian recognition of Texas as part of Mexico?”

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US presidential elections go on so long they’re a crying shame. Literally

by Rashmee

Posted on September 2, 2016


A Boston Globe columnist has been reminding Americans why the presidential election is a crying shame. Just days before the 2012 election, wrote Jeff Jacoby, there was that YouTube video of a four-year-old girl crying piteously over the constant stories about “Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney”. The 21-second video went viral, and was viewed more … Continue reading “US presidential elections go on so long they’re a crying shame. Literally”

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R.I.P. Francisco X. Alarcon, the poet who prayed for ‘a more godlike god’

by Rashmee

Posted on January 17, 2016


I got a shock when I read that Francisco X. Alarcon had died on Friday, January 15. My poem of the day had been ‘Prayer’, Alarcon’s beautiful fervent wish for “a more godlike god”, one who is like “an accomplice” and “doesn’t even have enough for bus fare”. (Complete poem below. Read it if you … Continue reading “R.I.P. Francisco X. Alarcon, the poet who prayed for ‘a more godlike god’”

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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