Melania Trump’s pith helmet represented ‘white supremacist’ 21st-cent colonising force

by Rashmee

Posted on October 11, 2018


I found Elliot Ross’s analysis of Melania Trump’s pith helmet in the African grassland pretty compelling. Mr Ross, who is completing his PhD in English Literature at Columbia University, writes the following: “My own view is that the US first lady’s decision to wear a pith helmet was appropriate and should be taken seriously. The … Continue reading “Melania Trump’s pith helmet represented ‘white supremacist’ 21st-cent colonising force”

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If we want to save Britain from its post-Brexit economic fate, we should support Theresa May’s investment in Africa

by Rashmee

Posted on August 28, 2018 / The Independent


Theresa May has joined in a new scramble for Africa but this one is neither wholly European nor intentionally and hideously opaque as in centuries past. In fact, May is pretty upfront about Britain’s hopes and aims in Africa, as she visits the continent’s three largest economies — South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Brexit Britain, which has … Continue reading “If we want to save Britain from its post-Brexit economic fate, we should support Theresa May’s investment in Africa”

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Is East really East and West really West? That’s what Herodotus wanted to find out

by Rashmee

Posted on July 30, 2018


East is East and West is West. So goes Kipling’s Ballad, but is it really true? Well, it’s certainly history’s most abiding assumption, as historian Tom Holland writes: “Older by far than the Crusades, older than Islam, older than Christianity, its pedigree is so venerable that it reaches back almost two and a half thousand … Continue reading “Is East really East and West really West? That’s what Herodotus wanted to find out”

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Ethiopia, UAE and Bangladesh: Sanctuary from the heart?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 26, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Something quite remarkable with respect to refugees may be quietly under way in parts of the non-Western developing world. The Ethiopian government has assured Eritrean refugees they would not be forced to return to their country now that a peace deal has been signed to end the 20-year state of war. International law gives the … Continue reading “Ethiopia, UAE and Bangladesh: Sanctuary from the heart?”

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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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Be warned. Tanzania’s Trump shows how quickly democracy can be undone

by Rashmee

Posted on March 19, 2018


Coincidentally, I was reading about Tanzania’s President John Magufuli almost at exactly the same time that a US paper was editorializing the following about President Donald Trump’s behaviour towards former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe: “Mr Trump acts like a nasty, small-minded despot, not the leader of a democracy more than two centuries old in … Continue reading “Be warned. Tanzania’s Trump shows how quickly democracy can be undone”

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