The Swiss rather like guns too but they haven’t had a mass shooting in 17 years

by Rashmee

Posted on February 21, 2018


Imagine a country in the western hemisphere where a referendum that calls for a national gun registry is defeated. Imagine a country where the proposal to store guns owned by soldiers in public arsenals is rejected. Imagine a country where children as young as 12 are routinely taught how to shoot. Not America but Switzerland. … Continue reading “The Swiss rather like guns too but they haven’t had a mass shooting in 17 years”

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Indians abroad & foreign-returned: South Africa’s Guptas; Nirav Modi in US

by Rashmee

Posted on February 19, 2018


Once upon a time, Indians thought it prestigious to be “foreign-returned”. And England, the old colonial master, symbolized everywhere foreign, until “Amreeka” took its place. Now, the Gupta family of South Africa-via-Saharanpur is setting a whole new standard for “foreign-returned” Indians. Ajay Gupta, one of the three businessmen brothers who relocated from Saharanpur in north … Continue reading “Indians abroad & foreign-returned: South Africa’s Guptas; Nirav Modi in US”

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One does not have to be Muslim to seek the freedom not to bare

by Rashmee

Posted on February 18, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Love fashion or hate it, there are three reasons to pay close attention to women’s clothing right now. So-called modest wear, ostensibly for Muslim women, is becoming a powerful political statement. In turn, it is tailoring corporate priorities. Macy’s, one of America’s oldest and largest retail store chains, has introduced a “modest” fashion line aimed … Continue reading “One does not have to be Muslim to seek the freedom not to bare”

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A Martian visiting Earth would have thought ‘mental health’ killed those Florida students

by Rashmee

Posted on February 17, 2018


Had you not known it was a school shooting, President Trump’s televised address to the nation would have left you no wiser. In  his speech on Thursday (February 15), Mr Trump pledged to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health.” He did not mention gun control. A Martian visiting Earth on Thursday, a day after … Continue reading “A Martian visiting Earth would have thought ‘mental health’ killed those Florida students”

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In Pakistan, teens are at risk from Taliban. In US, from the guns their leaders protect

by Rashmee

Posted on February 16, 2018


  Listening to the shocked tearful accounts of teenage survivors of the latest school shooting in the United States, I couldn’t help but recall another frightened adolescent’s retelling of his brush with death. That was in Pakistan, thousands of miles away from America. The 15-year-old Pakistani boy was being urged to become a suicide bomber. … Continue reading “In Pakistan, teens are at risk from Taliban. In US, from the guns their leaders protect”

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There is nothing so absurd as just one day of love, Valentine’s Day

by Rashmee

Posted on February 15, 2018


I’m not a culture warrior but Valentine’s Day does seem rather an odd reason to either feel threatened or liberated. Every year, there are extreme observations of the so-called day of love – a profusion of roses, candlelit dinners, or as a pitched battle against a western siege of ideas. Valentine’s Day has become a … Continue reading “There is nothing so absurd as just one day of love, Valentine’s Day”

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Olympic unity on the divided Korean peninsula might give way to nuclear point-scoring afterwards — but it has made for an unmissable spectacle

by Rashmee

Posted on February 13, 2018 / The National


That the Winter Olympics are showcasing hopes for peace and amity in the world is exactly as it should be. The two Koreas’ rapprochement — limited though it may prove to be — has turned Pyeongchang into the unity games, with even North Korean leader Kim Jong-un describing it as a “warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue”. That is … Continue reading “Olympic unity on the divided Korean peninsula might give way to nuclear point-scoring afterwards — but it has made for an unmissable spectacle”

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Italy has fewer migrants now but hateful Trumpian echoes resound

by Rashmee

Posted on February 11, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


By every calculation, Italy’s election in early March will settle nothing. The country may or may not end up with a government straight off after the vote. It could be the populist Five Star Movement or a centre-right coalition composed of the Forza Italia, the Northern League and the Brothers of Italy. However, having a … Continue reading “Italy has fewer migrants now but hateful Trumpian echoes resound”

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Why is the Trump administration so snarky about Pyongyang’s Olympic moves?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 10, 2018


Some say Trump’s America is playing bad cop to South Korea’s good cop. Perhaps. But it’s also entirely possible the US can’t bear to be disregarded and, by that light, disrespected. Consider what’s happened in the past six weeks. After Donald Trump’s constant, childish and reprehensible insults of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un; after … Continue reading “Why is the Trump administration so snarky about Pyongyang’s Olympic moves?”

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The ‘Pyongyang Olympics’. Why not? Isn’t sport meant to bring us all together?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 9, 2018


    The winter Olympics begin today in PyeongChang and some are offering the slightly snarky label: the Pyongyang Games. It’s a reference to North Korea’s remarkable move to participate in the winter Olympics, to allow its athletes to compete under a unified Korean peninsula flag and to greenlight a united North-South decision to sing … Continue reading “The ‘Pyongyang Olympics’. Why not? Isn’t sport meant to bring us all together?”

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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