In four years of Trump, a change in the attitude to violence in politics

by Rashmee

Posted on October 10, 2020


The October 9 New York Times’s briefing from David Leonhardt repeated a point made by The Economist’s John Prideaux in his Checks and Balance newsletter of October 2. The point is as follows: An alarming proportion of Americans seem to believe violence is justified to advance a political goal. The Economist cited a large-sample poll … Continue reading “In four years of Trump, a change in the attitude to violence in politics”

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America’s ring-wing is driving a violent spree. Here’s why it matters

by Rashmee

Posted on February 21, 2019


No category of terrorist is more dangerous to America right now than its own, home-grown right-wing. Consider the news on February 21. A Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist, recently arrested in Maryland, was plotting to kill prominent journalists and Democratic politicians as well as “leftists in general”. That’s from the court filing. The man is … Continue reading “America’s ring-wing is driving a violent spree. Here’s why it matters”

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Is social media getting too much blame when things go wrong?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 29, 2018


Elections. The Arab Spring. Racism. Populism. Rumours, vile as they come. Hatred towards ‘the other’. Social media is now routinely identified as the key driver of almost everything. And its influence is not just seen to throw up negative tsunamis. Book sales, charity fundraisers, GoFundMe campaigns, missing person notifications, traffic reports, solidarity with cities that … Continue reading “Is social media getting too much blame when things go wrong?”

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What is bias? Is it perspective? Say, the view that being brown is not disqualifying?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 31, 2018


Donald Trump denunciation of Google for “RIGGED” search results against him are an extreme sort of attack on perspective. As NYT columnist Michelle Goldberg wrote, “Essentially, conservatives want to create a world where objective information and right-wing disinformation are treated equally.” What that would mean is objective reality would be on a par with right-wing … Continue reading “What is bias? Is it perspective? Say, the view that being brown is not disqualifying?”

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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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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK