The availability theory of human psychology is very unifying this US political cycle

by Rashmee

Posted on September 21, 2020


All politics is about psychology but especially the part that forecasts results. So to the biggest question of the year: Will Donald Trump win re-election? No one knows but theories abound. One goes by the human tendency described in 1974 by psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman as availability. That’s to say the mental shortcut … Continue reading “The availability theory of human psychology is very unifying this US political cycle”

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The ‘comeback grandpa’

by Rashmee

Posted on March 4, 2020


It’s nearly 40 years since Bill Clinton became “the comeback kid”, pulling off a second-place finish in New Hampshire and going on to become a two-term president. Joe Biden is now being called the “comeback grandpa”. It is a fitting moniker. Until the South Carolina vote on February 29, Mr Biden had never won a … Continue reading “The ‘comeback grandpa’”

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How super will this Tuesday be?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 3, 2020


With voters in 14 US states and American Samoa casting their ballots in Democratic primaries, there’s a lot at stake. Namely, 1,357 delegates A make-or-break moment for a few candidates A sense of momentum for whoever leads the race Personally, I thrilled to Pete Buttigieg’s speech at Joe Biden’s Texas rally on Monday night (March … Continue reading “How super will this Tuesday be?”

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Who’s afraid of Bernie Sanders?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 24, 2020


After Nevada, it’s time to get serious about Bernie Sanders’ Democratic Socialism. How does it differ from social democracy? And is Mr Sanders a menace to America? There are two possible answers. One, was delivered after the Nevada caucuses by Pete Buttigieg, Senator Sanders’ rival to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for president. Mr Sanders, … Continue reading “Who’s afraid of Bernie Sanders?”

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Iowa is still unsure who it will vote for - just like the rest of the US

by Rashmee

Posted on January 28, 2020 / The National


The week before Iowa, a predominantly rural state in Midwestern United States, kicks off the presidential primary season, its rolling plains and cornfields are covered in snow and the political debate is heating up. On February 3, this overwhelmingly white and sparsely populated state of barely three million will fire the starting gun for the … Continue reading “Iowa is still unsure who it will vote for - just like the rest of the US”

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What happens in the Democratic contest is just as important for the US as the impeachment inquiry

by Rashmee

Posted on October 13, 2019 / The National


While the focus of the US Congress over the past few weeks has been on the impeachment inquiry and Donald Trump’s announcement of a pullout from Syria, with catastrophic consequences, Tuesday will be a chance for the 2020 presidential race to take centre stage once again. A dozen Democratic candidates will gather in Ohio for … Continue reading “What happens in the Democratic contest is just as important for the US as the impeachment inquiry”

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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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US 2020: The most battleground state of them all

by Rashmee

Posted on June 28, 2019


America’s most battleground state in the next election has to be Wisconsin in the mid-west. Consider why. It’s less Republican than swing states such as Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Iowa. It went for Donald Trump in 2016 but was leaning Democratic in the two years leading up the November 2018 mid-terms. But then in … Continue reading “US 2020: The most battleground state of them all”

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The campaigns of two ethnically half-Indian politicians worlds apart are linked by social justice

by Rashmee

Posted on April 11, 2019


Two ethnically half-Indian politicians in two different parts of the world are trying desperately to persuade voters they care. And they’re doing it by promising cash in kind. In India, Rahul Gandhi (ethnically half-Indian and half-Italian) has promised a minimum-income scheme for the poorest 20 per cent of households. In the United States, Kamala Harris … Continue reading “The campaigns of two ethnically half-Indian politicians worlds apart are linked by social justice”

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A tale of two elections: Israel, 2019; US, 2020 – Part II

by Rashmee

Posted on April 8, 2019


While US President Donald Trump will run for re-election in 2020 on a solidly pro-Israel platform, the campaign overall is still likely to generate some heat (and light?) on the Palestinian issue. Consider what’s happening already with the large numbers of Democratic candidates who’ve thrown their hat into the ring. Not too long ago, Beto … Continue reading “A tale of two elections: Israel, 2019; US, 2020 – Part II”

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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