Charlottesville spoofs not enough. Western media knows its double standard, so why not stop?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 18, 2017


Every now and then, some western media outlet decides to have a bit of fun and cover some event in the West in the same way as they would a foreign country. So, for example, the election of Donald Trump despite a campaign filled with scandal. Or Mr Trump’s insertion of family members into his … Continue reading “Charlottesville spoofs not enough. Western media knows its double standard, so why not stop?”

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Trump insists on democracy only in left-ruled countries like Venezuela

by Rashmee

Posted on August 12, 2017


So President Donald Trump is threatening a military option for Venezuela. He’s so concerned that he’s been lamenting “the people are suffering and they are dying.” And the Trump White House has smartly told off Venezuela’s President Maduro for daring to seek a phone conversation with Mr Trump. Gladly, said the White House, once democracy … Continue reading “Trump insists on democracy only in left-ruled countries like Venezuela”

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From Pakistan to Poland, democracy can have difficulties with the courts

by Rashmee

Posted on August 1, 2017


Democracy can have a testy relationship with the courts. Sometimes judges can save democracy. Other times, they can subvert it. And then there are situations in which the courts can’t do much about the executive’s decisions. Poland is a case in point. There seemed to be no legal way for judges to deal with the government’s … Continue reading “From Pakistan to Poland, democracy can have difficulties with the courts”

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Libya stories from a British businessman who knew everyone & was related to everyone else

by Rashmee

Posted on July 28, 2017


The French president’s mediated deal between rival Libyan leaders brought to mind the British Libyan businessman I met just the other day. He seemed to know everyone worth knowing in the country of his birth and was related to everyone else. As we sat at Tunis Carthage Airport and waited for the laggardly Tunisian national … Continue reading “Libya stories from a British businessman who knew everyone & was related to everyone else”

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Move over the American Dream. Le rêve français anyone ?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 25, 2017


It’s anyone’s guess how seriously to take these sort of annual rankings but they often put into figures something we only vaguely felt to be true. The “Soft Power 30″ report, released on July 18, puts the US at #3. France is #1 in terms of soft power, it says, and the UK is #2. So it’s not … Continue reading “Move over the American Dream. Le rêve français anyone ?”

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Ok @Noahpinion, #Brexit is a bad idea but you can’t blame the UK for US racism

by Rashmee

Posted on July 24, 2017


Geez. Golly gosh. Holy cow. Here’s the sort of hard talk #Brexit Britain really really doesn’t want to hear. That the US should rethink its ideological relationship with the UK. Ideological, mind, not diplomatic or economic. Just in the ideas sphere. Because Britain doesn’t have many good ones anymore. I think that’s a bit hard, … Continue reading “Ok @Noahpinion, #Brexit is a bad idea but you can’t blame the UK for US racism”

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Outlaw hero? How else to explain 16-year-old Linda Wenzel’s adventures with ISIS?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 21, 2017


The German teenager stole money from her parents and secretly left her peaceful little town near Dresden to live with ISIS for a whole year. She was recently rounded up in the extremist’s group fallen capital, Mosul, along with a couple dozen jihadists. Why is everyone so surprised? Linda Wenzel was 15 when she left … Continue reading “Outlaw hero? How else to explain 16-year-old Linda Wenzel’s adventures with ISIS?”

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How often have you heard it said that a ‘country is deeply divided’?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 17, 2017


Tony Blair said it about Britain on Saturday, in his essay ‘Brexit and the Centre’. Political commentators, amateur or not, said it about France during the presidential primaries and the final election in May. They say it about the United States. And about India. The preferred term for the raging argument over secularism vs Hindutva … Continue reading “How often have you heard it said that a ‘country is deeply divided’?”

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Here’s the country Donald Trump, defender of ‘western’ values, urges us to admire

by Rashmee

Posted on July 10, 2017


Poland. “Tough,” Mr Trump called it in Warsaw on Thursday, July 6. Poles, he said, “never forgot who they were.” True. Except for the Polish government’s amnesia about past anti-Semitism, perhaps? And the Polish government’s plans for the country, some of which seem rather un-western (and certainly un-European Union). I mean the Polish government’s approach to … Continue reading “Here’s the country Donald Trump, defender of ‘western’ values, urges us to admire”

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No, Mr Trump, Western civilisation isn’t threatened by terrorism

by Rashmee

Posted on July 9, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


If we allow them to do so, anarchists can intimidate just as much as violent extremists. Both types of disrupters were probably on the minds of those who attended or organised the G20 summit in Germany. The tyranny of the disrupter is worth remembering as the oft-rechristened, US-launched “war on terror” drags into its 17th … Continue reading “No, Mr Trump, Western civilisation isn’t threatened by terrorism”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in eight countries in the past decade. She spent much of 2015 in the UAE and currently divides her time between the UK and Tunisia. Before that, she was in Haiti, the US, Afghanistan and India.