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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Hungary’s Orban says he wants ‘protect Europe’. Which one?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 14, 2018


  It was striking that Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban declared that his country took as a duty the need to “protect Europe”. Mr Orban said this after he met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on July 5. As for Mrs Merkel, she didn’t say anything like that. Instead, she spoke about Europe’s obligation … Continue reading “Hungary’s Orban says he wants ‘protect Europe’. Which one?”

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What South Korea’s reaction to Yemeni refugees really tells us

by Rashmee

Posted on July 13, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


It has taken less than a thousand refugees fleeing Yemen’s grinding three-year-old war for prosperous, seemingly globalised South Korea to revert to fiercely xenophobic notions of a country built upon “ethnic homogeneity” and “pure blood.” South Korea’s newly visible animus to Muslims and Arabs comes at an interesting point in the global conversation about uninvited … Continue reading “What South Korea’s reaction to Yemeni refugees really tells us”

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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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Can the heroic act of the Paris ‘Spider-Man’ change the perception of migrants?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 3, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Mamoudou Gassama, the Malian undocumented migrant feted by France for his heroism, epitomises the many sides of the fraught European debate about refugees. An able-bodied young man who told the mayor of Paris he dreamed “of building his life here (in France),” Gassama clearly falls into the category of an economic migrant. As someone who … Continue reading “Can the heroic act of the Paris ‘Spider-Man’ change the perception of migrants?”

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Italy has fewer migrants now but hateful Trumpian echoes resound

by Rashmee

Posted on February 11, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


By every calculation, Italy’s election in early March will settle nothing. The country may or may not end up with a government straight off after the vote. It could be the populist Five Star Movement or a centre-right coalition composed of the Forza Italia, the Northern League and the Brothers of Italy. However, having a … Continue reading “Italy has fewer migrants now but hateful Trumpian echoes resound”

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How’s that? Ultra-right lost regional German election that went well for the far-right

by Rashmee

Posted on September 6, 2016


Consider the enormity of what happened in a relatively poor and obscure part of northeastern Germany on Sunday, September 4. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, voters decided to show they were cross with one of their most famous daughters – Chancellor Angela Merkel. Mostly, because they weren’t sanguine about her decision to generously open Germany’s doors to … Continue reading “How’s that? Ultra-right lost regional German election that went well for the far-right”

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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