Like Sweden, Finland has its Muslim-bashing populists

by Rashmee

Posted on September 16, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


The rise of the far-right Sweden Democrats, who are hostile to Muslims and migrants, is mirrored in Finland, Sweden’s neighbour to the east. Finland, too, has an authentically populist political party with a nasty message for immigrants of non-European, non-Christian heritage. Like Swedes, Finns have elections on their minds. Finnish voters will go to the … Continue reading “Like Sweden, Finland has its Muslim-bashing populists”

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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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We’re in the middle of a global extended day of rage against political correctness

by Rashmee

Posted on June 22, 2016


Are we nearing high noon of the global extended day of rage against political correctness? In the past few years, politics in Europe and in the United States has generally seemed uglier and meaner. Far-right and anti-immigration parties with their ugly brutish rhetoric are gaining strength in Poland, Hungary, Austria, France, and Germany. Knuckle-duster commentary … Continue reading “We’re in the middle of a global extended day of rage against political correctness”

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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