Why Europe seeks an ‘Australian solution’ to the migrant issue

by Rashmee

Posted on July 8, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


When European leaders talk of establishing “disembarkation platforms” for migrants in the Middle East and Africa, they are hoping to find an “Australian solution” to a hot-button issue. Here’s why. Australia’s policies towards unwanted migrants are tough, deeply controversial — and they have worked. Australia has all but become a no-go area for the uninvited. Even people … Continue reading “Why Europe seeks an ‘Australian solution’ to the migrant issue”

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‘Countries wanting to tackle migration should follow Switzerland’s lead and boost local economies rather than punish individuals’

by Rashmee

Posted on June 23, 2018 / The Independent


The European Union  desperately wants to agree on a plan to curb the influx of migrants, possibly by creating vast holding camps in Africa. Donald Trump’s America wants to frighten off migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador by locking them up and taking away their children. Neither will work but here’s a canny immigration control strategy that might. … Continue reading “‘Countries wanting to tackle migration should follow Switzerland’s lead and boost local economies rather than punish individuals’”

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Capsized Tunisian boat not just a tragedy but a template

by Rashmee

Posted on June 10, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


The Tunisian boat that sank on June 2 as it set off for Europe with a load of uninvited mainly North African migrants is a tragic reminder of the fixed poles of a twisting debate. These are as follows: Recrimination and hand-wringing are almost as useless as the flimsy vessels used to traffic people across … Continue reading “Capsized Tunisian boat not just a tragedy but a template”

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Time for refugees to return now that the Syrian war is winding down?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 7, 2018


On May 3, 2018 Bashar Al Assad’s government regained control of a key highway, the M5 linking Aleppo to the capital Damascus through Homs. It was the first time in years that the regime was in charge of that highway. It signified a great deal about the changed course of the war. After seven years, … Continue reading “Time for refugees to return now that the Syrian war is winding down?”

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The aspirational significance of baby names in restless times

by Rashmee

Posted on July 23, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Baby names are a bellwether for the way people experi­ence politics: Intensely. Madly. Often times, precari­ously. So it was that in Canada, Justin Trudeau recently met Justin Trudeau. The first is a 2-month-old Syrian baby. The other is prime minister of the country that gave gracious refuge to the infant’s parents, Muhammad and Afraa Bilan … Continue reading “The aspirational significance of baby names in restless times”

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Turkey’s threat to turn on migrant tap is, like much of Erdogan’s words now, absolute nonsense

by Rashmee

Posted on March 18, 2017


Turkey’s irascible, intemperate and irrational president (now vying with America’s Donald Trump for the title of Supreme Czar of BadBlah) is trying very hard to scare Europe into giving him peeled grapes and whatever bright shiny things he might desire. These would include Europe meekly giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a pass on his repeated … Continue reading “Turkey’s threat to turn on migrant tap is, like much of Erdogan’s words now, absolute nonsense”

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Is the Scandinavian model the real face of today’s backlash to globalisation?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 3, 2017


Jeffrey Sachs, the economist and director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, recently said something pretty terrifying. He said the Scandinavian countries proved that the political upheavals of today are not mainly about economics. “All of the Scandinavian countries, and their neighbors in northern Europe, have right-wing populist parties, with some approaching power. And … Continue reading “Is the Scandinavian model the real face of today’s backlash to globalisation?”

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How united is the European Union on anything other than resisting #Brexit?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 17, 2016


It’s an important question. How united is the European Union on anything other than #Brexit? I don’t ask this in a partisan fashion, but because it’s worth considering the facts about European unity in a turning world. As the recent EU leaders’ summit in Brussels showed, the bloc is divided on key issues. These include … Continue reading “How united is the European Union on anything other than resisting #Brexit?”

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Slavoj Zizek, Melania Trump’s former compatriot, was right about the refugee issue

by Rashmee

Posted on November 11, 2016


After Donald Trump’s triumphant “Brexit plus plus” it may be appropriate to consider Slavoj Žižek’s views on refugees. Mr Trump, it’s fair to say, is not overly impressed by the concept of taking people into America, especially from non-Caucasian parts of the world where non-Christians make up the majority. And then there’s Mr Zizek. Slovenian, … Continue reading “Slavoj Zizek, Melania Trump’s former compatriot, was right about the refugee issue”

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Ban Ki-Moon, Obama close out and most Americans still don’t care about UN confab

by Rashmee

Posted on September 20, 2016


Being physically present in the US does not make the United Nations’ annual jamboree, the General Assembly, seem any less remote. For most Americans, UNGA, the confab, might as well be on the moon for all they care. If it strayed into the popular consciousness at all this year, it was in terms of the … Continue reading “Ban Ki-Moon, Obama close out and most Americans still don’t care about UN confab”

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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