Two ways to think as US election day stretches into the weekend

by Rashmee

Posted on November 6, 2020


  As we wait for US election day to finally end (72, 96 or however many hours it takes), it’s interesting to note the very different views that are emerging about a post-Trump America (should that finally come to pass). Two important columnists’ opinions are worth examining. Ed Luce, the Financial Times’ chief US commentator … Continue reading “Two ways to think as US election day stretches into the weekend”

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There’s a major election on – in Myanmar

by Rashmee

Posted on November 5, 2020


The Economist’s US editor John Prideaux recently offered a droll revelation from US election scenario planning at Economist HQ. A colleague, he wrote, “suggested that in the event there is no conclusive result, we put the general election in Myanmar (which will be held on November 8th) on the cover”. He went on to commend … Continue reading “There’s a major election on – in Myanmar”

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5 ways to tell that corporate America no longer thinks Trump is good for business

by Rashmee

Posted on November 2, 2020


It’s interesting to note the Financial Times’s US business editor’s assessment of corporate America’s view of the election and the choice between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It’s breaking with Mr Trump, says Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, “there is a growing consensus in corporate America that Mr Trump is no longer good for business.” Can that really … Continue reading “5 ways to tell that corporate America no longer thinks Trump is good for business”

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In America, the usual suspects start to vote in-person

by Rashmee

Posted on October 20, 2020


In-person voting starts in Wisconsin, Hawaii and Utah on October 20. Only one should have you on the edge of your seat. Wisconsin. Donald Trump won in Wisconsin by a small margin in 2016 but polls show the state is leaning towards Joe Biden. As for Hawaii, in 2016 it was one of only two … Continue reading “In America, the usual suspects start to vote in-person”

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As a Florida voter, here’s my two cents on the chorus of doom for the election

by Rashmee

Posted on October 18, 2020


As a Florida voter, I recently cast my vote, sending my overseas ballot on its way, tracked and signed for. It cost me £7.50 to ensure that my ballot gets to its intended destination well before election day, November 3. While marking my ballot, I had to choose between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. I … Continue reading “As a Florida voter, here’s my two cents on the chorus of doom for the election”

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Expect fewer vices in the Pence-Harris debate

by Rashmee

Posted on October 7, 2020 / The National


In normal times, a vice-presidential debate doesn’t rank high on the roster of set-piece events that define the closing weeks of a US presidential election. But these are not normal times. The Wednesday night face-off in Utah between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris could be the most important vice-presidential debate since 1976, when the exchange … Continue reading “Expect fewer vices in the Pence-Harris debate”

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What linked America’s un-presidential non-debate with a vegetable market in a poor country?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 6, 2020


As the US vice-presidential debate – the debate of the deputies – rolls around on October 7, two key takeaways are worth noting from the so-called first presidential debate on September 29. That the slugfest was neither presidential, nor a debate goes without saying. But the reporting and analysis of the world’s dismayed reaction to … Continue reading “What linked America’s un-presidential non-debate with a vegetable market in a poor country?”

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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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It’s a mental shortcut that puts Trump 2020 in the same triumphant place as 2016

by Rashmee

Posted on September 8, 2020


Will Donald Trump win re-election? The truth is no one knows and anyone who says they do is deluded, delusional or just too darn sure they’re always right. But we owe it to David Leonhardt of The New York Times to remind us why everyone seems to hope – or fear – that Mr Trump … Continue reading “It’s a mental shortcut that puts Trump 2020 in the same triumphant place as 2016”

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The case for good competition

by Rashmee

Posted on July 25, 2020


Last weekend, Tony Blinken, former diplomat and current foreign policy adviser to Joe Biden, made the case for good competition. The US, he said, needs to be engaged in a revivifying competition with China. It needs to be “a race to the top, not a race to the bottom”. That race, he predicted, would be won … Continue reading “The case for good competition”

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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