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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Anyone, from any community, can be radicalised. That realisation has profound policy implications

by Rashmee

Posted on August 9, 2017 / The National


Normally when the words British and jihadi are used in the same sentence, the reference is to what the United Nations calls “foreign terrorist fighters”. That is, westerners who left their countries to fight for ISIL in Syria. But on Sunday, a prominent UK politician suggested a link between Britain and a different sort of … Continue reading “Anyone, from any community, can be radicalised. That realisation has profound policy implications”

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Search for justice in Iraq may not be totally futile

by Rashmee

Posted on August 6, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Realism, rather than cynicism, is the most appropriate response to the British High Court ruling that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair should not face prosecution for his role in the 2003 Iraq war. First, there is no crime of aggres­sion in English law under which the former prime minister could be charged. The British … Continue reading “Search for justice in Iraq may not be totally futile”

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Why the Dome of the Rock belongs to us all

by Rashmee

Posted on July 30, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


After a tense couple of weeks, the centrist Jerusalem Post wearily turned to understatement to describe the com­plex known to Jews as Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif. It is, the Post declared, “the most sensitive piece of real estate on the planet.” Quite. It is certainly one of, if not the most … Continue reading “Why the Dome of the Rock belongs to us all”

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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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The aspirational significance of baby names in restless times

by Rashmee

Posted on July 23, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Baby names are a bellwether for the way people experi­ence politics: Intensely. Madly. Often times, precari­ously. So it was that in Canada, Justin Trudeau recently met Justin Trudeau. The first is a 2-month-old Syrian baby. The other is prime minister of the country that gave gracious refuge to the infant’s parents, Muhammad and Afraa Bilan … Continue reading “The aspirational significance of baby names in restless times”

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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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Shouldn’t it be Islamodiumic rather than Islamophobia?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 15, 2017


Type the word “Islamophobia” into an internet search engine and Mr Google comes up with 5,480,000 results in a mere 0.44 seconds. The results include searching questions such as ‘Islamophobia: The New Anti-Semitism?’ and declarative headlines such as ‘It’s not just Fox News: Islamophobia on cable news is out of control’. Without going into the … Continue reading “Shouldn’t it be Islamodiumic rather than Islamophobia?”

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In Tunisia, a sense of change infuses the air

by Rashmee

Posted on July 6, 2017 / The National


Summer in the Maghreb is generally thought to be a time when indolence finds respectability. Not so in Tunisia this year. The soaring temperatures are matched by a sudden surge of active hope that a long season of ill-luck may be turning. Foreign tourists are returning in greater numbers after Tunisia marked the second anniversary … Continue reading “In Tunisia, a sense of change infuses the air”

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MENA’s poor showing on Global Peace Index is hardly surprising

by Rashmee

Posted on June 18, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Even before the crisis over Qatar and the attack by a white American man who opposed US President Donald Trump’s politics, it was clear the Middle East and North America were in a dangerously febrile state. The turmoil in those regions is not comparable in any way except for its deeply destabilising potential. Strangely enough, … Continue reading “MENA’s poor showing on Global Peace Index is hardly surprising”

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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.