The business of American politics: Ted Cruz tells it like it is

by Rashmee

Posted on May 4, 2021


/ POLITICS & AMERICA Ted Cruz, Republican senator from Texas, has made an honest admission of dishonesty. In the Wall Street Journal, he warned CEOS opposed to Republican attempts to change voting regulations. No longer, he said, would Republicans look the other way when corporate bigwigs dodge taxes. Republicans wouldn’t take corporate donations in exchange … Continue reading “The business of American politics: Ted Cruz tells it like it is”

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Money talks. Mitch McConnell and corporate America’s First Amendment rights

by Rashmee

Posted on April 9, 2021


/ LANGUAGE I thought the Huffington Post offered the most succinct analysis of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call to corporations to stay out of politics. “Shut up and donate,” said HuffPo’s headline. The strap provided all the other context anyone might need: “Congress’ biggest defender of corporate political speech rights changes his tune.” Quite. … Continue reading “Money talks. Mitch McConnell and corporate America’s First Amendment rights”

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Shine a light. It’s the only way to keep real democracy alive

by Rashmee

Posted on February 3, 2021


  / TAKE UP ONE IDEA It was in February 2017 that the Washington Post introduced the following slogan on its website and then in print: “Democracy dies in darkness”. Everyone thought the new tagline was aimed at Donald Trump who was inaugurated as America’s 45th president the previous month. “But that’s not the case,” … Continue reading “Shine a light. It’s the only way to keep real democracy alive”

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Even the US doesn’t have a ‘magic money tree’

by Rashmee

Posted on January 3, 2021


  I never thought I’d say these words, but here goes: I agree with Mitch McConnell. The Republican Senate majority leader refused to move forward with President Donald Trump’s command that most American adults be sent $2,000 checks. This, after Mr Trump had signed into law a $900 billion stimulus bill that included means-tested $600 … Continue reading “Even the US doesn’t have a ‘magic money tree’”

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Two ways to think as US election day stretches into the weekend

by Rashmee

Posted on November 6, 2020


  As we wait for US election day to finally end (72, 96 or however many hours it takes), it’s interesting to note the very different views that are emerging about a post-Trump America (should that finally come to pass). Two important columnists’ opinions are worth examining. Ed Luce, the Financial Times’ chief US commentator … Continue reading “Two ways to think as US election day stretches into the weekend”

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Does the centre-left have the ideological flexibility to take power?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 18, 2020


In the days before the coronavirus epidemic struck, there was a growing sense that the centre-left  in the US and UK was no longer ready for change, that it was too broad-minded, as poet Robert Frost once said, to take its own side in an argument. The pandemic is changing things. Ideas normally considered socialist … Continue reading “Does the centre-left have the ideological flexibility to take power?”

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Trump and the lucky man syndrome

by Rashmee

Posted on February 19, 2020


Everyone’s marvelling at Donald J Trump. He may dissemble, lie, cheat, bully, blunder, but he has the damndest luck. Imagine, he was serially bankrupt but can now claim to have led the sound management of the world’s largest economy. He’s a serial philanderer who can now claim to speak about God and the values so … Continue reading “Trump and the lucky man syndrome”

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Trump or not, it’s Washington’s way or Huawei

by Rashmee

Posted on February 18, 2020


If there’s anything that the Munich Security Conference cleared up, it’s this: Donald Trump or not, Washington’s hard line on Chinese firm Huawei will stay. Which means the US will continue to view with disfavour any country that avails of Huawei’s technology. (Boris Johnson had better be listening. By all accounts, Huawei is the reason … Continue reading “Trump or not, it’s Washington’s way or Huawei”

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Trump has threatened sanctions on Turkey if it goes too far but he hasn’t defined too far

by Rashmee

Posted on October 12, 2019


Turkey continues to push into Kurdish territory in Syria and the global criticism is rather confusing. Especially from the Trump administration – it gave Turkey the green light in the first place but now threatens sanctions if it goes too far. Neither Donald Trump nor his secretary of state, the oleaginous Mike Pompeo, have defined how far … Continue reading “Trump has threatened sanctions on Turkey if it goes too far but he hasn’t defined too far”

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A defining week for American politics, as Democrats sparred and Republicans huddled

by Rashmee

Posted on September 17, 2019


  The past week told us a great deal about American politics. Consider all that happened. In Houston, the third Democratic presidential debate argued over healthcare, trade, immigration and suchlike. Meanwhile, in Baltimore, the Republican party gathered around their great leader and laughed along as he poked fun at (and spread fear about) “the dangers” … Continue reading “A defining week for American politics, as Democrats sparred and Republicans huddled”

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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