There is only one course for the Palestinians — non-violence

by Rashmee

Posted on December 17, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


I write this from the Indian capi­tal New Delhi, where a massive 11-figure statue is probably the clearest sign that the Palestin­ians can fight a mighty system and hope to win. The statue commemorates the start of Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent struggle against the all-powerful British Empire. It depicts the Salt March, begun by Gandhi to … Continue reading “There is only one course for the Palestinians — non-violence”

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Palestinians must take control of their struggle through non-violent resistance

by Rashmee

Posted on December 11, 2017 / The National


From its lowest point, the Palestinian cause can rise to its greatest heights. Consider the immediate response to US president Donald Trump’s unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Three “days of rage” were announced, the Palestinian Authority gravely expressed disappointment and Hamas called for another intifada. There were some clashes between Palestinians and Israeli … Continue reading “Palestinians must take control of their struggle through non-violent resistance”

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Trump lit slow-burning cultural fuse setting the tone for Jerusalem speech

by Rashmee

Posted on December 10, 2017


Some political events are volcanic; others are like a slow-burning fuse. US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a political volcano but days earlier he lit an interfaith cultural fuse by retweeting three anti-Muslim videos originally posted by a fringe far-right British group. One of the three videos merits particular … Continue reading “Trump lit slow-burning cultural fuse setting the tone for Jerusalem speech”

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Are US Republicans the party of the moral majority or of Donald Trump and Roy Moore?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 9, 2017


  When Al Franken resigns from the US Senate he will be the most prominent American politician so far to be felled by the swirling allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. US President Donald Trump remains unaffected. Let us not forget that Mr Trump continued as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate and was subsequently elected … Continue reading “Are US Republicans the party of the moral majority or of Donald Trump and Roy Moore?”

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Did you hear about Palestinian recognition of Texas as part of Mexico?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 7, 2017


It had to happen. The Palestinian National Authority announced that it would recognize Texas as a state of Mexico because it was violently annexed by the United States in the 1840s. “The territory north and east of the Rio Grande is very important to the Mexican people,” explained a PNA spokesperson. “Before American settlers showed … Continue reading “Did you hear about Palestinian recognition of Texas as part of Mexico?”

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Trump could take a leaf from Ibn Khaldun’s book of civilisation

by Rashmee

Posted on December 6, 2017 / The National


Sitting in the Tunisian capital at the end of a politically and socially turbulent year, it feels entirely right and proper to peruse the Muqaddimah, the 14th century tome by the Arab historian Ibn Khaldun. He was a son of Tunis and an itinerant government official of great perspicacity. Ibn Khaldun served as a judge … Continue reading “Trump could take a leaf from Ibn Khaldun’s book of civilisation”

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Birtherism reborn as Hindu? Narendra Modi’s BJP takes lessons from Donald Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on December 5, 2017


The argument over Rahul Gandhi’s Hindu-ness sounds a bit like the debate over Barack Obama’s American-ness. More to the point, birthright. ** Does Mr Gandhi have the right to claim Hindu heritage when his mother is genetically European? ** Did Mr Obama have the right to claim American authenticity despite being visibly black? Both questions … Continue reading “Birtherism reborn as Hindu? Narendra Modi’s BJP takes lessons from Donald Trump”

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Trump’s Twitter guru rails at both migrants and Western-born children of migrants

by Rashmee

Posted on December 1, 2017


Now that the gloves are mostly off, why don’t Donald Trump, Ann Coulter and others like them just say it? ** The West is meant to be white ** The West is meant to be Christian ** Go “home” everyone who isn’t at least one, but preferably both On BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on … Continue reading “Trump’s Twitter guru rails at both migrants and Western-born children of migrants”

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Will the Weinstein effect go global?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 28, 2017 / The National


Almost every day of every week now, some man somewhere in the world — from Hollywood to Bollywood, Florida to France — is accused of sexual harassment or assault. Many of the accused are famous and very important people, others are not. Some of the alleged misbehaviour constitutes serious crimes. But often enough it is relatively minor and from … Continue reading “Will the Weinstein effect go global?”

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Did you notice Libyan power centres aren’t shouting #fake news about CNN slave footage?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 25, 2017


Just to continue the Thanksgiving theme, let us be grateful Libya’s politicians and even its militias and human traffickers aren’t on Donald Trump’s fake news bandwagon so far. No Libyan – official or otherwise – has slammed CNN’s footage of the “slave auction” it witnessed in Libya in October as fake news. One might well … Continue reading “Did you notice Libyan power centres aren’t shouting #fake news about CNN slave footage?”

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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