The ‘B’ word is strangely absent from the conversation today

by Rashmee

Posted on June 24, 2020 / The Focus


Today is the fourth anniversary of Brexit. Hardly anyone is marking the occasion. Take a look at the eight front pages below. None of them refer to that transformative event, which set off a period of intense political turmoil in Britain, paralysing Parliament, polarising the country and pushed two Conservative prime ministers out of office. The Brexit … Continue reading “The ‘B’ word is strangely absent from the conversation today”

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The race for justice: will we see meaningful change after Black Lives Matter protests?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 21, 2020 / The Focus


All the activity — and angst — over racial injustice needs to be put in context. Nearly a month after the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of a white police officer, protest marches are starting to peter out. But calls for broad structural change are growing louder, in the United States, … Continue reading “The race for justice: will we see meaningful change after Black Lives Matter protests?”

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Tearing down Fawlty Towers won’t promote racial justice

by Rashmee

Posted on June 13, 2020 / The Focus


  What links the 1970s sitcom Fawlty Towers and the statue of a 17th-century slave trader? Both have been forcibly removed from view as the UK gets caught up in an energised debate raging in the US and Europe on the representation of colonisation, enslavement and racial prejudice. Their treatment is debatable. On June 11, … Continue reading “Tearing down Fawlty Towers won’t promote racial justice”

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America’s most trusted dictionary will redefine racism

by Rashmee

Posted on June 12, 2020 / The Focus


Merriam-Webster has been in the business of word definitions for the better part of 200 years. Now, in a nod to the changing national and international discourse, America’s most trusted online dictionary  plans to revise its entry on racism . Merriam-Webster will now acknowledge that racism is systemic. One of the dictionary’s editors has admitted: “Omitting any … Continue reading “America’s most trusted dictionary will redefine racism”

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‘Defund the police’ is not the whole story

by Rashmee

Posted on June 10, 2020 / The Focus


“Defund the police” is a powerful slogan but its implications aren’t black and white. There are many shades of grey underlying the rallying cry of anti-racism protesters in many parts of the United States. Even the city council of Minneapolis, which voted, on 8 June, to dismantle the city’s police force, doesn’t seem entirely sure … Continue reading “‘Defund the police’ is not the whole story”

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America is being ‘Africanised’, says Africa

by Rashmee

Posted on June 8, 2020 / The Focus


It was The Elephant, a four-year-old African website, that made the connection between George Floyd and Mohamed Bouazizi. “The Tunisian hawker who set himself on fire in an act of protest against police corruption and ill-treatment” ignited the 2010 Arab Spring, wrote Kenyan journalist Rasna Warah. Floyd’s death at the hands of a white police … Continue reading “America is being ‘Africanised’, says Africa”

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The world takes a knee

by Rashmee

Posted on June 7, 2020 / The Focus


On 5 June, Donald Trump tweeted that it was disrespectful to the American flag for National Football League (NFL) players to kneel during the national anthem. The NFL offered a robust response. Its commissioner, Roger Goodell, said the league supported peaceful protest by its players. In an 81-second video released by the NFL, Goodell admitted … Continue reading “The world takes a knee”

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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