Las Vegas shooting was terrifying but not terrorism

by Rashmee

Posted on October 8, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Should the Las Vegas shooting, the worst act of mass murder in re­cent American history, be described as “terror­ism”? Was the killer, a white American man, a “terrorist”? Was he just the same as Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016? Should he be catego­rised in the … Continue reading “Las Vegas shooting was terrifying but not terrorism”

Read More

Shall we decode why the Finns talked of a ‘terrorist attack’ but Marseille did not?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 22, 2017


The incident in Marseille on Monday, August 21 – when a van was driven into two bus shelters – is not being treated as a terrorist attack. Why? After all one person died in that incident. The driver did it deliberately. But not, it seems, as a terrorist. This is all frightfully confusing. And one … Continue reading “Shall we decode why the Finns talked of a ‘terrorist attack’ but Marseille did not?”

Read More

No, Mr Trump, Western civilisation isn’t threatened by terrorism

by Rashmee

Posted on July 9, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


If we allow them to do so, anarchists can intimidate just as much as violent extremists. Both types of disrupters were probably on the minds of those who attended or organised the G20 summit in Germany. The tyranny of the disrupter is worth remembering as the oft-rechristened, US-launched “war on terror” drags into its 17th … Continue reading “No, Mr Trump, Western civilisation isn’t threatened by terrorism”

Read More

The battle against extremism has become a reductive war of words with tech companies

by Rashmee

Posted on June 13, 2017


Have you noticed the sneaky way in which the battle against extremism has metamorphosed into a noisy but slightly pointless war on tech companies? If you go by what the politicians say, especially British prime minister Theresa May, it’s Facebook, Google and Snapchat’s fault that British-born-and-bred people attack concert venues and children and people swilling … Continue reading “The battle against extremism has become a reductive war of words with tech companies”

Read More

How extremism has hijacked the UK election

by Rashmee

Posted on June 8, 2017 / The National


Britain votes today with the shadow of terrorism hanging darkly over it. Ditto France, as it goes to the polls the following two Sundays to elect members of parliament. In the countdown to Germany’s federal election in September, there are very real and justified fears of attacks. How could it be any different? This has … Continue reading “How extremism has hijacked the UK election”

Read More

London attackers weren’t cowardly but too confident, like most merchants of death

by Rashmee

Posted on June 5, 2017


Politicians routinely use the word “cowardly” for terrorist attacks and so they did for Saturday night’s events at London Bridge-Borough Market. But they weren’t cowardly at all really, were they? The attackers were boldly, brutally self-confident, when faced with Saturday night revelers. Eyewitnesses have described how the three men ran up to a girl brandishing … Continue reading “London attackers weren’t cowardly but too confident, like most merchants of death”

Read More

Terror blowback from Middle East wars continues

by Rashmee

Posted on June 4, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Is there a link between a country’s foreign policy and the terrorist threat it faces? The United States hardly ever asks itself that search­ing question, probably for fear of the answers. The issue does come up in Britain occasion­ally before it is speedily fumi­gated from the national con­sciousness. This time though, the fateful connection between … Continue reading “Terror blowback from Middle East wars continues”

Read More

Faked terrorist attacks are a dangerous development

by Rashmee

Posted on April 30, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


  From tragedy to sordid farce, terrorism is meta­morphosing before our eyes. Until recently, an attack was meant to serve brutal, if basic, functions. These included terrifying a city or a country and serving as a propaganda vehicle for the terrorists’ political, social or cultural agenda. Now, the terrorist attack may be mutating into a … Continue reading “Faked terrorist attacks are a dangerous development”

Read More

In Europe, extremism is essentially a homegrown problem

by Rashmee

Posted on April 2, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Within hours of the March 22nd attack in London, politicians in parts of the Western world were calling for a ban on migration from the Middle East. It was an inflammatory and opportunistic demand and ludi­crously off the mark. The London attacker, Khalid Masood, was not from the Mid­dle East or North Africa. He was … Continue reading “In Europe, extremism is essentially a homegrown problem”

Read More

Of course we shouldn’t blame Islam for terrorism. But don’t let’s gloss over this fact either

by Rashmee

Posted on March 29, 2017


David Shariatmadari’s rather well-argued piece in The Guardian asking if we should blame Islam for terrorism, makes an unforced error I wish he hadn’t. In his attempt to show that Islam is a pretty normal religion – in the sense of wanting to grow, proselytize, impress people with its worldview and so on – Shariatmadari … Continue reading “Of course we shouldn’t blame Islam for terrorism. But don’t let’s gloss over this fact either”

Read More

Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, UK and US