Ever wondered why Croatia was even in the World Cup final

by Rashmee

Posted on July 16, 2018


If anyone wondered, ahead of the World Cup final, why Croatia was even there, consider this. Its success is not a fluke. According to some who might be expected to have an informed opinion, this country with a population of 4.2 million has a markedly warlike attitude to football. As Leonid Bershidsky wrote on Bloomberg … Continue reading “Ever wondered why Croatia was even in the World Cup final”

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God save Britain if Boris Johnson symbolises principled Brexit-ism

by Rashmee

Posted on July 10, 2018


  The tragedy of our times is that Boris Johnson is seen as a principled leader of Brexiteers. Boris Johnson! A principled Brexiteer! Mr Johnson, it must be recalled, could’ve gone either way on the June 2016 EU referendum – he had written two signed newspaper columns, at a strategic point of the campaign. The … Continue reading “God save Britain if Boris Johnson symbolises principled Brexit-ism”

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British choreography should have risen beyond the symbolic gesture

by Rashmee

Posted on June 29, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


When Prince William became the first member of the British royal family to officially visit the Palestinian Territories, some said it was fine so far as it went, but the gesture came seven decades too late. It was a reference to Britain’s perceived irrelevance in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, 71 years after the British Mandate in … Continue reading “British choreography should have risen beyond the symbolic gesture”

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What to make of a migrant who doesn’t learn her new country’s language properly?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 25, 2018


Here’s a woman who came into a western country, worked, got naturalized, married, bore a child, and 22 years later, still speaks halting English, with a strong foreign accent. What’s her name? Magda? Maha? Mina? Mehbooba? Marium? Madeeha? Mallika? Actually, it’s Melania. Mrs Trump. The US First Lady. Had a Magda, Maha, Mina, Mehbooba, Marium … Continue reading “What to make of a migrant who doesn’t learn her new country’s language properly?”

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Lessons from the goldfinch I found lying dead in my garden

by Rashmee

Posted on June 21, 2018


  I found a dead goldfinch in my garden in Greenwich, southeast London, and felt hopelessly sad and vaguely guilty. One of its thin legs stuck out at a strange angle, suggesting it had fractured as it fell down dead. Or perhaps it fractured prior to death in some other avian-felling disaster. What chance has … Continue reading “Lessons from the goldfinch I found lying dead in my garden”

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Eight deserts, three years, one book: Updating Thesiger and Philby?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 18, 2018


  At the British Library recently, William Atkins explained his decision to travel eight deserts in three years and produce a weighty, beautifully written book. Was the move to the desert an age-old quest – for silence – or was it an equally well-worn instinct for flight – from heartbreak? At the British Library, Mr Atkins didn’t … Continue reading “Eight deserts, three years, one book: Updating Thesiger and Philby?”

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Summitry is best captured in satire - if only so much of it wasn’t so achingly accurate

by Rashmee

Posted on June 12, 2018 / The National


Sometimes summitry is best captured in satire. Ahead of today’s Singapore meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, there was dulcet mood music and nakedly transparent attempts by two volatile, very alpha male leaders to court each other. And then there was the grouchy summit in Canada of the G7 advanced economies. Mr Trump got … Continue reading “Summitry is best captured in satire - if only so much of it wasn’t so achingly accurate”

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They’re still raving about bishop who tried trans-Atlantic spiritual union at royal wedding

by Rashmee

Posted on May 26, 2018


They’re still at it.  The British media. Even some of the crustier establishment types. It was a week ago today that the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Chicago-born bishop of the Episcopal Church, thundered, dreamed and inspired at the royal wedding. And they’re still talking about it. Perhaps that’s not wholly surprising. Rev Curry made one … Continue reading “They’re still raving about bishop who tried trans-Atlantic spiritual union at royal wedding”

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Could capricious American unilateralism leave the US out in the cold?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2018 / The National


Those who wait with baited breath for a stinging European response to America’s withdrawal from the multi-lateral Iran nuclear deal should prepare to be marginally disappointed. The response may come but it will be subtle. Europe is not likely to launch high-velocity verbal volleys. But that does not mean it will meekly submit to capricious … Continue reading “Could capricious American unilateralism leave the US out in the cold?”

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Sajid Javid is no ‘Uncle Tom,’ for now anyway

by Rashmee

Posted on May 6, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


No one said the words “Uncle Tom” when Sajid Javid, Britain’s first Muslim ethnic minority home secretary, was appointed to his powerful position at the very top of government and nor should they, at least right now. There is little indication Javid will display the characteristics of an “Uncle Tom,” one who humiliatingly serves his … Continue reading “Sajid Javid is no ‘Uncle Tom,’ for now anyway”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, UK and US