What the reaction to Notre Dame does and does not say

by Rashmee

Posted on April 21, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Arabs may have lost much of their faith in the value of their heritage after they lost adequate appreciation of the value of lives in their midst. Some have taken the massive fire that destroyed the roof and spire of the 856-year-old Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris as a sign; others as a warning. … Continue reading “What the reaction to Notre Dame does and does not say”

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Trump turns hate words into icons

by Rashmee

Posted on October 28, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


US President Donald Trump and his administration are playing an insidious word association game with the American people days before the midterm elections. “Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners,” Trump said of a migrant caravan heading towards the United States’ southern border. “Terrorists or suspected terrorists… Middle East region,” repeated US Vice-President Mike Pence when discussing … Continue reading “Trump turns hate words into icons”

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Camels and why mountains have traditionally provided havens for minorities

by Rashmee

Posted on January 16, 2017


This year’s camel beauty contest at Al Dhafra reminded me of my visit to the festival a couple of years ago, on the edge of the Rub’ al Khali. That’s the Empty Quarter, which is the largest contiguous sand desert in the world.(Click here to read my piece on how the Gulf Arabs should market their unique … Continue reading “Camels and why mountains have traditionally provided havens for minorities”

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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