The ‘other’ is hounded in Germany. Sound familiar?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 23, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


The sacking of a German domestic intelligence chief over his public comments on far-right unrest underlines the extent to which the migration debate is roiling Europe. It is turning governments, state agencies, cities, communities and family units into camps — Us versus Them, anti-migrant versus pro-migrant. The rivalry is over the merits of non-white, non-Christian migration to … Continue reading “The ‘other’ is hounded in Germany. Sound familiar?”

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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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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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Let’s cry wolf when we see one

by Rashmee

Posted on November 27, 2016 / The Arab Weekly


The list of Americans and others suspicious and fearful of US President-elect Donald Trump’s initial and intended appointments is long. Their complaints are numerous and mostly presented alongside hard facts. Retired Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn will be Trump’s national security adviser. He is described as Islamophobic based on his comments that Islam is a “cancer” and … Continue reading “Let’s cry wolf when we see one”

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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