Listen up when Aleksander Hemon warns about fascism. He’s from Sarajevo

by Rashmee

Posted on November 3, 2018


When Aleksander Hemon, once called the “new Nabokov”, calls out fascists and those who insist on “engaging” with them in an ordinary way, everyone had better listen. Mr Hemon (one of my literary heroes) is a Bosnian American writer of rare talent and unusual determination. He is known not just for his striking coinage and … Continue reading “Listen up when Aleksander Hemon warns about fascism. He’s from Sarajevo”

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Does Hungary’s Viktor Orban think he’s a Christian Saladin?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 2, 2018


  What gives Hungary the right – or responsibility – to lead the West? Nothing very much really. Okay, it’s GDP is growing a bit faster than the rest of Europe but it started from a low base. Even so, Prime Minister Viktor Orban seems greatly burdened by a sense of profound self-belief. Does he … Continue reading “Does Hungary’s Viktor Orban think he’s a Christian Saladin?”

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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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Decide for yourself, but the man who wrote Steve Bannon’s ‘Bible’ sounds barmy

by Rashmee

Posted on March 1, 2017


There is nothing to indicate that Neil Howe suffers from delusional tendencies. His biographical sketch is very clear: he is an American author and an amateur historian, a second career that he began after years of working as a public policy consultant on global aging, long-term fiscal policy, and migration. He is also one of the … Continue reading “Decide for yourself, but the man who wrote Steve Bannon’s ‘Bible’ sounds barmy”

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Hey, Indian-Americans & other US Desis, Trump’s Bannon is coming for you next

by Rashmee

Posted on January 31, 2017


Even if you’re not Muslim, you should be seriously worried about how to live in Trumpistan. To to be anything other than white and Christian means it may become increasingly hard to live and work and be successful in Trump’s America. Why? Because President Trump’s senior strategist is a man named Steve Bannon. I’ve written … Continue reading “Hey, Indian-Americans & other US Desis, Trump’s Bannon is coming for you next”

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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