How to read Trump’s threat to bring the army on to America’s streets

by Rashmee

Posted on June 2, 2020 / The Focus


It was Peter Thiel, Donald Trump’s only Silicon Valley supporter before the 2016 US presidential election, who had the best, most insightful line on the property magnate turned politician. The media, said Thiel, takes Trump literally, not seriously. Instead, they should take him seriously, not literally. It’s a distinction without a difference now the US … Continue reading “How to read Trump’s threat to bring the army on to America’s streets”

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Is this an inflection point, just like 1989?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 15, 2019


In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. A couple of years later, the Soviet Union collapsed. Soviet-style communism ended as well. (What survived in West Bengal, Kerala, not to speak of China and North Korea is not communism.) Now, consider 2019. A growing number of Americans say they support some form of socialism. And Chile has just announced a … Continue reading “Is this an inflection point, just like 1989?”

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From 1946, a memo to the future about the Russian view of truth or non-truth

by Rashmee

Posted on March 16, 2018


  In the light of Russia’s centrality to our affairs, it’s worth reading George Kennan’s so-called “long telegram” from Moscow to the US Department of State in 1946. At the time, Kennan was the American charge d’affaires in Moscow. His 8,000-word telegram is seen to have provided one of the most influential underpinnings for America’s Cold … Continue reading “From 1946, a memo to the future about the Russian view of truth or non-truth”

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A year that dives once again into secret worlds – on screens big and small

by Rashmee

Posted on January 3, 2018


The new year is going to be big on a certain kind of cinema. The remembered kind, a reprisal of one of the 20th century’s chief preoccupations – the Cold War. This year, the geopolitical tensions of our times will play a starring role once again on the big screen, just like in the last … Continue reading “A year that dives once again into secret worlds – on screens big and small”

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Trump’s moral equivalence between Nazis & anti-Nazis? Read this 30-year-old essay

by Rashmee

Posted on August 17, 2017


Donald Trump sees a moral equivalence between neo-Nazis and those who protest againt them. Thirty-one years ago, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to the United Nations, explained the myth of moral equivalence. It’s worth reading, click here to do so. Or carry on below for the high points. But a key point to note is … Continue reading “Trump’s moral equivalence between Nazis & anti-Nazis? Read this 30-year-old essay”

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25 years ago today, the Soviet Union disappeared. Watch what’s coming in its place

by Rashmee

Posted on December 26, 2016


Today, 25 years ago, the Soviet Union officially became a relic of history. Its hammer and sickle flag was lowered one last time outside the Kremlin at 7:32 p.m. Russia’s red, white and blue flag went up in its place. It was a sudden, ignominious end for the Soviet Union that had lasted nearly 70 … Continue reading “25 years ago today, the Soviet Union disappeared. Watch what’s coming in its place”

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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