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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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Let’s stop doing the terrorists’ job for them and start calling these attacks ‘crimes’

by Rashmee

Posted on March 28, 2017


I implore you to watch Simon Jenkins’ comments on a BBC programme about the urgent need to deny terrorists that vital commodity “the oxygen of publicity”. Click here to watch. The video is at the top of The Sun’s report. Sir Simon criticized the BBC’s wall-to-wall coverage of the crime committed by Khalid Masood in … Continue reading “Let’s stop doing the terrorists’ job for them and start calling these attacks ‘crimes’”

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The rights and wrongs of Germany’s plan to deport two non-citizen terror suspects

by Rashmee

Posted on March 27, 2017


What’s with this story about Germany arranging to deport two German-born non-citizens for alleged involvement in planning a terrorist attack? The Washington Post reported it last week and predictably, the case has chilled many. Germany seems to be acting in a dreadfully hard-hearted way by seeking to deport to Algeria and Nigeria two men who … Continue reading “The rights and wrongs of Germany’s plan to deport two non-citizen terror suspects”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in eight countries in the past decade. She spent much of 2015 in the UAE and currently divides her time between the UK and Tunisia. Before that, she was in Haiti, the US, Afghanistan and India.