How to become a less globalised business – consciously

by Rashmee

Posted on April 29, 2021


/IT’S THE BUSINESS In the Before Times, globalisation was already in trouble. The refugee issue, populist politics and trade wars was bringing the whole idea of free movement of people, capital and goods into bad odour. Eighteen months after the coronavirus pandemic was officially declared, national borders and national interests have taken on a deep … Continue reading “How to become a less globalised business – consciously”

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Populism and the overabundance of PhDs

by Rashmee

Posted on December 10, 2020


  Some little time ago I heard a science journalist on a podcast discussing populism in the context of oversupply – of PhDs. It sounded amusing. To think that someone like me, who has a PhD, would contribute to the sort of political instability that elects Donald Trump in 2016. Turns out, the theory of … Continue reading “Populism and the overabundance of PhDs”

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The ‘e’ word in Biden’s cabinet isn’t elite so much as experienced

by Rashmee

Posted on November 30, 2020


Someone recently wrote about how “elite” has become an insult when applied to politics. It’s true. Populist nationalists have magicked the term “political elite” into a hideously entitled bunch of very well-networked people with old school ties or at least tiaras from the same sort of high school prom. Or something equivalent to that in … Continue reading “The ‘e’ word in Biden’s cabinet isn’t elite so much as experienced”

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Is ever closer European union unwittingly making populism more popular?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 2, 2019


It’s not always possible to agree with Yanis Varoufakis, a former finance minister of Greece. In early 2015, Mr Varoufakis’s combative stance towards the European Union (and leather jacket) seemed to symbolise Athens’ defiant mood towards Europe-wide fiscal discipline. Even so, there is some reason to pay attention to Mr Varoufakis’s words and opinions in … Continue reading “Is ever closer European union unwittingly making populism more popular?”

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Why politicians around the world are getting on the radical love train

by Rashmee

Posted on July 3, 2019 / The National


Populism of the most hateful sort has had a baleful presence in the headlines for the past two years, but now a very different political perspective is challenging it, without animus. It’s called “radical love” and had its first electoral win on June 23, when Ekrem Imamoglu was elected mayor of Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city. … Continue reading “Why politicians around the world are getting on the radical love train”

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From Slovakia, a new way to counter political toxicity?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 2, 2019


The following sentence jumped out at me in reports of Zuzana Caputova’s stunning election as Slovakia’s first female president: “Riding a wave of popular discontent over widespread corruption but refusing to engage in personal attacks on her opponents, she vowed to return a sense of decency to Slovakia’s often toxic political climate.” Does that say … Continue reading “From Slovakia, a new way to counter political toxicity?”

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Populism will stay in America, no matter if Trump does so in the White House or not

by Rashmee

Posted on February 11, 2019


Four years or eight, don’t look to Donald Trump’s exit from the White House to bring an end to this era of so-called populism. Harvard professor Joseph Nye recently offered a common sense view of populism, especially of the American variety. His piece can be distilled to a two-part message: ** Most Americans generally express … Continue reading “Populism will stay in America, no matter if Trump does so in the White House or not”

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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 Britain voted narrowly to leave the European Union, the Hungarian leader was pledging to turn his country into an “illiberal” democracy. In effect, Mr Orban was exiting the EU in spirit, by fiat and without a referendum. Now, there is … Continue reading “At the rate European disunion is going, Britain won’t need to exit”

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Lords and Ladies of Misrule in a year of tumult

by Rashmee

Posted on December 29, 2018


Was 2018 an especially bad year for good governance? Leonid Bershdisky seems to think so in an insightful piece for Bloomberg. He writes, “Surely, 2018 saw a staggering number of countries woefully misruled by the worst crop of world leaders in recent memory.” His list starts with the person you might expect – US President … Continue reading “Lords and Ladies of Misrule in a year of tumult”

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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 or imagined consequences. The portents of events in Budapest should dismay everyone, including Hungary’s strongman Viktor Orban. In Brussels, 5,000 right-wing protesters took to the streets in protest of the government’s decision to sign the platitudinous, non-binding and wholly unenforceable … Continue reading “A tale of two protests”

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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