Sudan is in transition. But to what?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 16, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Whatever happens, Sudan’s transition will be a lengthy process. What is the state of Sudan now that activists have called off a general strike and civil disobedience campaign after a 2-month standoff with the military? It’s not clear if a transition to civilian-led democratic rule has become more likely. There is no certainty the Sudanese military, … Continue reading “Sudan is in transition. But to what?”

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The Long Arab Spring? A guide to Sudan and Algeria

by Rashmee

Posted on June 4, 2019


The gloves have come off in Sudan. Sudan’s  Transitional Military Council (TMC) has indicated it intends to be not particularly transitional. TMC head General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan  said in a statement broadcast on state television that they had decided to “stop negotiating with the Alliance for Freedom and Change and cancel what had been agreed … Continue reading “The Long Arab Spring? A guide to Sudan and Algeria”

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Tunisia protests a truth told elsewhere: ‘There’s no magic money tree’

by Rashmee

Posted on January 12, 2018


Today I leave a Tunisia that’s once again featuring high on international news bulletins. That’s on account of violent protests across the country. Eight years after the so-called ‘Arab Spring’, Tunisians in several cities are protesting against their government. Not about the government’s make-up but about its policies, particularly the austerity measures. Tunisians are upset … Continue reading “Tunisia protests a truth told elsewhere: ‘There’s no magic money tree’”

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Tunisia’s new direction is anything but clear

by Rashmee

Posted on August 4, 2016 / The National


Like an insect caught in amber, Tunisia is a country trapped in a slogan and its newest political theatre seems to be of a piece with that permanently aspirational status. On Sunday, the birthplace of the Arab Spring removed its prime minister by means of a parliamentary vote, hailing the process as a political first … Continue reading “Tunisia’s new direction is anything but clear”

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In 21st cent, politics, protest and story-telling as usual is no longer possible

by Rashmee

Posted on May 17, 2016


Politics as usual is no longer possible in the 21st century, The Economist recently wrote, referring to the technological virtual megaphone that people can now use to prevent being tuned out. Think Donald Trump. Ted Cruz. Bernie Sanders. Revolution as usual too is no longer possible in the 21st century. It needs online crusaders, internet … Continue reading “In 21st cent, politics, protest and story-telling as usual is no longer possible”

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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