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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Brexit chaos? Think of the bloody commotion when Britain left India in 1947

by Rashmee

Posted on August 15, 2017


I suppose it should be no surprise that chaos rules Britain’s attempt to exit from the European Union. When Britain left India – a country it had ruled for hundreds of years – a bloody commotion followed in its wake. Britain left India (and the newly-created Pakistan) after giving a seven-week notice. Some might say … Continue reading “Brexit chaos? Think of the bloody commotion when Britain left India in 1947”

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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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The White Garden 20 years since death of a Princess has the pink anemone ‘Pretty Lady Diana’

by Rashmee

Posted on July 29, 2017


Earlier this week, I was at the White Garden at Kensington Palace. It has been planted to mark 20 years of Princess Diana’s death. The flowers and foliage, says the Palace website, are “inspired by memories of the Princess’s life, image and style.” There you go then. There are tulips and narcisii, ‘forget me nots’, … Continue reading “The White Garden 20 years since death of a Princess has the pink anemone ‘Pretty Lady Diana’”

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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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Did the late Princess Diana like animals? Here’s why the question matters 20 years on

by Rashmee

Posted on July 27, 2017


Last night, I got into an argument about Princess Diana and animals. It happened like this. We were at The Comedy Pub and were having a pleasant conversation with a nice family visiting from Boston, Massachusetts. They had three young daughters, one of whom confided that they would be visiting the Lady Dinah Cat Café while … Continue reading “Did the late Princess Diana like animals? Here’s why the question matters 20 years on”

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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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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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Is Nina Khrushcheva right on the death of Indian Congress, UK Labour & ANC?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 5, 2017


Did we miss it all? Did we fail to notice that the UK Independence Party is actually thriving, even though its vote share in the 2017 general election fell to levels rarely plumbed? Have we failed to understand that Britain’s Labour Party is facing an uncertain future even though its leader Jeremy Corbyn is acquiring … Continue reading “Is Nina Khrushcheva right on the death of Indian Congress, UK Labour & ANC?”

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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.