Is Trump’s travel ban 3.0 not about Muslims anymore?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 1, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Technically, it’s no longer possible to call US President Donald Trump’s new list of travel-restricted countries a “Muslim ban.” North Korea and Venezuela, two of the eight names on Trump’s week-old proclamation, are non-Muslim. Muslim-majority Sudan has been dropped from the list. Iraqi nationals are no longer banned outright from entering the United States but … Continue reading “Is Trump’s travel ban 3.0 not about Muslims anymore?”

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Who, on this list, has Donald Trump failed to insult?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 28, 2017


Axios has a great listing. Which of the following groups has President Donald Trump not offended or attacked either as a candidate or in office? ** Women ** Establishment Republicans ** Journalists (“sick people … thieves and crooks”) ** Pollsters ** NFL players ** NBA players ** Gold Star parents ** POWs (Senator John McCain) ** The … Continue reading “Who, on this list, has Donald Trump failed to insult?”

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The Rohingyas are the new Palestinians, says Foreign Policy. Is that true for US Muslims?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 27, 2017


Last week, I asked ‘Are the Rohingyas the New Palestinians?’ This week, Foreign Policy says they are. Definitively. The piece, by Dr Craig Considine of the Sociology Department at Rice University, notes that the plight of the Rohingya is a rare moment of global unity for Muslim countries. Dr Considine is writing a book titled … Continue reading “The Rohingyas are the new Palestinians, says Foreign Policy. Is that true for US Muslims?”

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Could Rohingya crisis set off faith-based conflicts in South Asia? That’s what Bimal Ghosh fears

by Rashmee

Posted on September 19, 2017


Only the short-sighted or the credulous would be persuaded by Aung San Suu Kyi’s extraordinary response to the Rohingya exodus from Myanmar. Ms Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counselor and de facto leader, said on Tuesday, that her country “does not fear international scrutiny”. She added that her democratically elected government was yet to find out … Continue reading “Could Rohingya crisis set off faith-based conflicts in South Asia? That’s what Bimal Ghosh fears”

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Are the Rohingyas the new Palestinians?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 17, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Are the Rohingyas the new Palestin­ians? They share the following descriptors: The disinherited, the dispossessed and the damned. And the world has begun to use the same adjectives for both groups. For example, UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres this week called the Rohingyas’ plight a “tragedy.” In August, he described the Palestinian situation as “tragic.” … Continue reading “Are the Rohingyas the new Palestinians?”

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Trump administration’s newest travel ban: not on people per se but their laptops!

by Rashmee

Posted on March 22, 2017


This blog was written within an hour of the news breaking on Tue, March 21. In substance though, many of the issues raised remain just as valid and the questions continue to puzzle the experts Imagine you’re an American journalist based in Abu Dhabi and you’re flying home at the weekend. Before you get on … Continue reading “Trump administration’s newest travel ban: not on people per se but their laptops!”

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Belgium’s idea of the Islamicate world laid bare at one of its most important museums

by Rashmee

Posted on February 27, 2017


At the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels, one of Europe’s largest, there is a beautiful if dispiriting exhibition of the treasures from the Islamicate world. The term Islamicate, of course, refers to regions in which Muslims live, often in a dominant way. Islamicate does not, however, specifically mean anything to do with Islam, the religion. Anyway, … Continue reading “Belgium’s idea of the Islamicate world laid bare at one of its most important museums”

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Anti-Muslim Trump administration? Hold that thought, but silently till needed

by Rashmee

Posted on December 7, 2016


The list of Americans – and others – suspicious and fearful of US president-elect Donald Trump’s first national security appointments is long. Their complaints are many – and they often present them with the facts. Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who will be President Trump’s national security adviser, everyone points out, is Islamophobic. He … Continue reading “Anti-Muslim Trump administration? Hold that thought, but silently till needed”

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In the American state of Utah, Mormons stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslims

by Rashmee

Posted on November 4, 2016


Try inserting a cigarette paper between the Mormons and the Muslims and what do you get? A massive move against Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump in the American state of Utah. This is not to say that Utah’s Mormons plan to vote for Mr Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. They are planning to vote for Evan … Continue reading “In the American state of Utah, Mormons stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslims”

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Trump may not have dared question Khans’ grief had their name been Kahn. Or Kuhn

by Rashmee

Posted on August 2, 2016


This piece is for everyone wondering (and the many who may be hoping) Donald Trump has finally gone beyond the pale and that his supporters will reject him for his harsh, ethnically and religiously charged criticism of the Khans. After all, as the argument goes, the Khans are a Gold Star family, ie one whose son … Continue reading “Trump may not have dared question Khans’ grief had their name been Kahn. Or Kuhn”

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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