Coronavirus won’t kill off the high price of Brexit and ‘nostalgic nationalism’

by Rashmee

Posted on April 4, 2020


The joint Brexit committee – composed of EU and UK representatives – had its first teleconference on March 30, and reportedly boasted a “constructive and productive atmosphere”. That was the word from European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič, committee co-chair with the UK’s Michael Gove. Despite the cheeriness, it’s true that Brexit negotiations have been … Continue reading “Coronavirus won’t kill off the high price of Brexit and ‘nostalgic nationalism’”

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‘Abe Shinzo’ wants to make Japan great again

by Rashmee

Posted on September 7, 2019


On Friday (Sep. 6), Japan’s education minister Masahiko Shibayama proposed to the cabinet that Japanese names be written in English in the same way they are in Japanese. Surname first; first name last. Pay attention. What it means goes beyond the simple fact that Japan will start putting family surnames first on official documents, thereby … Continue reading “‘Abe Shinzo’ wants to make Japan great again”

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Here’s how to re-make our world. First, find that visionary leader…

by Rashmee

Posted on June 21, 2019


Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz recently diagnosed neoliberalism as a spectacular failure. The free-market agenda, of the past 40 years hasn’t worked, he said. Low taxes, deregulation, and cuts to social programmes haven’t been conducive to human wellbeing. It’s clear that something else is needed. What comes next, asked Professor Stiglitz. What indeed? Did the US … Continue reading “Here’s how to re-make our world. First, find that visionary leader…”

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The beginning of the end of American power? – Part II

by Rashmee

Posted on January 18, 2019


  Think tanks such as the Atlantic Council have been trying hard to distance America from Donald Trump’s erratic, frankly irrational, selfish and transactional policies. To me that sounds like a mug’s game. How do you distance a country from its elected leader? After all, Mr Trump is president because not enough Americans were put … Continue reading “The beginning of the end of American power? – Part II”

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The G20 meets, a shadow of itself, the smell of death upon it

by Rashmee

Posted on November 30, 2018


Today (Friday, November 30), the G20 summit convenes, 10 years after its debut as a leaders’ confab. [When it was set up in 1999 the G20 was a forum for finance chiefs and central bankers from economies representing some two-thirds of the world’s population and 85 per cent of global output. It became a leaders’ … Continue reading “The G20 meets, a shadow of itself, the smell of death upon it”

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‘Saudi First’ is changing the contours of West Asia

by Rashmee

Posted on April 23, 2018 / Hindustan Times


Can nationalism ever be a good thing? It depends. The lack of response by Arab states to the Israeli military’s recent attack on Palestinian protestors illustrates the regional changes that have come with a ‘Saudi First’ nationalist philosophy. Even though it was the worst violence in Gaza since the 2014 war between Hamas and Israel, … Continue reading “‘Saudi First’ is changing the contours of West Asia”

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With South Tyrol, Austria’s far-right govt signals wish to unite German-speakers

by Rashmee

Posted on January 5, 2018


After the South Tyrol announcement, everyone’s going to be watching the new Austrian government even more warily. Let me explain. On Monday, December 18, Austria’s new conservative and far-right coalition government offered passports to the German-speaking residents of the northern Italian province of South Tyrol. Rome reacted with outrage and it was, to be fair, … Continue reading “With South Tyrol, Austria’s far-right govt signals wish to unite German-speakers”

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Why cheer Steve Bannon’s exit so fervently? Does it mean Trump will be less Trump-like?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 19, 2017


Those cheering the departure from the White House of Steve Bannon, chief strategist to Donald Trump and self-described “nationalist…not a white nationalist”, might want to ask themselves why? Why cheer the firing of an aide quite so loudly? An aide with a sharp brain and a distinctive philosophy, it’s true, but an aide to President … Continue reading “Why cheer Steve Bannon’s exit so fervently? Does it mean Trump will be less Trump-like?”

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India may note: Russian nationalism about Ovcharka fighting dogs but ‘rotting West’ too

by Rashmee

Posted on October 15, 2016


India’s Narendra Modi meets Russia’s Vladimir Putin today. They share a great deal, not just the desire to do business. Anyone who wonders why Hillary Clinton presumed to describe Russia’s Vladimir Putin as the “grand-god­father of this (altright) global brand of extreme nationalism” might do well to listen to the following podcast: http://www.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=3477 It’s long … Continue reading “India may note: Russian nationalism about Ovcharka fighting dogs but ‘rotting West’ too”

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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