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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Why a small American state can have a big impact on the world

by Rashmee

Posted on February 12, 2020 / The National


The battle for the US presidency gets properly under way with Tuesday’s election in New Hampshire, a small north-eastern state, where the Democratic Party picks its preferred choice for presidential nominee. Meanwhile, two seemingly contradictory narratives are emerging. The first is that the Democratic Party is simply incapable of winning against incumbent president Donald Trump … Continue reading “Why a small American state can have a big impact on the world”

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Today, Iowa caucuses. But to what end when winning is going out of fashion?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 3, 2020


Winning is going out of fashion, we learnt late last year. In early December, Britain’s most prestigious modern art award, the Turner Prize, organised a mass giveaway to the four shortlisted artists, after they had already asked to share the honour. Just weeks before that, judges of the world’s august literary prize, the Booker, refused to … Continue reading “Today, Iowa caucuses. But to what end when winning is going out of fashion?”

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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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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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Was the Brexit vote a sign of radicalization? A jihad for the very soul of Britain?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 3, 2017


Was the Brexit vote a sign of self radicalization? A self-brutalising attempt to take care of one’s own community, whatever that may be, in an age of mobility and ceaseless change? Yes, even though that might sound rather extreme. According to Marc Sageman, a psychiatrist and former CIA case officer, communities aren’t enablers or facilitators of … Continue reading “Was the Brexit vote a sign of radicalization? A jihad for the very soul of Britain?”

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What are liberal ideas for if not to turn towards – rather than away – from people

by Rashmee

Posted on December 10, 2016


Just to return to the notion of talking across political divides, consider the words of Berkeley professor Arlie Russell Hochschild, who spent more than five years in rural Louisiana to try to understand the worldview of its people. This almost anthropological research project was probably necessary – in Louisiana, only 14 per cent of white voters … Continue reading “What are liberal ideas for if not to turn towards – rather than away – from people”

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As a brown woman, I have to ask: why the sudden outrage about Trump’s appointments?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 19, 2016


Forgive me brothers and sisters (and even those who do not regard themselves as my brothers and sisters, my being a brown woman of christian with a small ‘c’ beliefs, though I am not of the Christian faith). Forgive me but I do not understand the outrage over US president-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Alabama … Continue reading “As a brown woman, I have to ask: why the sudden outrage about Trump’s appointments?”

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What history tells us about the US president-elect

by Rashmee

Posted on November 17, 2016 / The National


Barack Obama’s last scheduled foreign tour as US president is under way and it is heavy with presentiments about his successor’s plans for when he gets to the White House. While in Greece, Mr Obama may have been conscious that his praise for the European Union was as haunting as a dirge. When Donald Trump … Continue reading “What history tells us about the US president-elect”

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How long will Hillary Clinton be free to hike in the woods in Trump’s America?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 15, 2016


On Friday, The Guardian reported a touching story about Hillary Clinton unplugged. The defeated candidate after the election. The Guardian wrote that Margot Gerster, “an upstate New York woman, hoping to take her mind off of the US election results with a hike through the woods of Westchester County, bumped into another woman with a … Continue reading “How long will Hillary Clinton be free to hike in the woods in Trump’s America?”

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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