It’s time for the world to discuss the very concept of asylum and refuge all over again

by Rashmee

Posted on March 27, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… The British government has proposed a massive overhaul of the way it treats asylum seekers, saying their claim to protection would be assessed by how they arrive rather than whether they deserve protection. The idea that a refugee’s route to safety – ie, whether it is legal or not – is the … Continue reading “It’s time for the world to discuss the very concept of asylum and refuge all over again”

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Trump eviscerates G7 - and America’s leadership

by Rashmee

Posted on May 31, 2020 / The Focus


Donald Trump wants to turn the G7 group of advanced economies into the ‘G10 or 11’ vs G1. Which is to say the US president wants an expanded G7 — with Russia, India, Australia and South Korea added on — to unite against China. This is wishful thinking. If anything, Mr Trump’s decision to postpone the summit, invite into … Continue reading “Trump eviscerates G7 - and America’s leadership”

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The lessons of Australia’s ‘climate-change’ election

by Rashmee

Posted on May 20, 2019


Be careful not to read the wrong lessons from the surprise result of Australia’s so-called ‘climate-change’ election. The conservative political coalition was re-elected after six years of tumult, despite opinion polls suggesting the country was ready for a change. It would be wrong to infer the conservatives are popular. It would also be quite wrong … Continue reading “The lessons of Australia’s ‘climate-change’ election”

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What joins India and Australia? The answer might surprise you

by Rashmee

Posted on April 18, 2019


Consider the following paragraph: “Since at least the 1990s, XXXX conservatism has offered a highly successful, if philosophically incongruent mix of free-market liberalism and increasingly strident cultural nationalism.” Which proper noun – “Indian” or “Australian” – would fit in place of XXXX? Both perhaps. In both India and Australia conservatism premised on exclusion has held … Continue reading “What joins India and Australia? The answer might surprise you”

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Performance art form that’s stripped down to the basics

by Rashmee

Posted on April 6, 2019 / First Post


Australian comedy promoter Simon Morley has made a career out of playing with himself. His show, which describes itself as a “grand repertoire of genital gesticulations”, has been performed in 35 countries and in five languages. Does Australia have a knack for marketing nudity as creative and cool? In the year 2012, two museums — in Hobart … Continue reading “Performance art form that’s stripped down to the basics”

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Christmas is over but Australia seems in the mood to play Santa

by Rashmee

Posted on January 19, 2019


Just days ago (Thursday, January 17), Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Canberra would expand a regional labour scheme that would allow Fijians and others in the neighbourhood (Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) to work in Australia for up to three years. Significantly, Mr Morrison was speaking in Suva, the Fijian … Continue reading “Christmas is over but Australia seems in the mood to play Santa”

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The migration compact doesn’t help a fraught debate

by Rashmee

Posted on December 16, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


It’s being billed as the first international deal on the migration crisis but it’s not really an agreement to do much of anything. The UN Global Compact for Migration, the formal name for the document adopted December 11 in Marrakech, makes several declaratory statements. It also offers many sweeping suggestions but the compact does not … Continue reading “The migration compact doesn’t help a fraught debate”

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Why Europe seeks an ‘Australian solution’ to the migrant issue

by Rashmee

Posted on July 8, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


When European leaders talk of establishing “disembarkation platforms” for migrants in the Middle East and Africa, they are hoping to find an “Australian solution” to a hot-button issue. Here’s why. Australia’s policies towards unwanted migrants are tough, deeply controversial — and they have worked. Australia has all but become a no-go area for the uninvited. Even people … Continue reading “Why Europe seeks an ‘Australian solution’ to the migrant issue”

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Is Tripoli the place to watch re. Europe’s ‘disembarkation platforms’?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 2, 2018


Anyone who believed the guff that came out of Brussels on Friday morning probably regards the tooth fairy as a serious force in world affairs. The European Union summit of June 28-29 agreed a massive fudge in place of a plan that could be reasonably implemented. That’s not because EU leaders are incompetent and didn’t … Continue reading “Is Tripoli the place to watch re. Europe’s ‘disembarkation platforms’?”

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The Anglosphere loses the most because of Australia First, Kiwis First policies

by Rashmee

Posted on May 26, 2017


I don’t know if you noticed but New Zealand too, like Australia and Donald Trump’s America, has announced it will tighten access to skilled work visas. This will be a way of privileging Kiwis, the country’s immigration minister admitted with admirable candour, describing the move as a “Kiwis-first approach to immigration”. So to Donald Trump’s … Continue reading “The Anglosphere loses the most because of Australia First, Kiwis First policies”

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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