The international order itself is racially structured

by Rashmee

Posted on April 7, 2021


/ TAKE UP ONE IDEA Some of the biggest arguments about power – who should have it and why – revolve around race. It goes beyond the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States and allegations of institutional racism in the UK. The very structure of the world order rests has a racial basis. … Continue reading “The international order itself is racially structured”

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‘There’s more future in the past than there is in the future’

by Rashmee

Posted on November 1, 2020


“There’s more future in the past than there is in the future,” Jackie Kay’s lead character says in her extraordinary and lyrical novel ‘Trumpet’. Ms Kay, the Scottish poet laureate or Makar, was quoting something she had heard Toni Morrison say. She uses the line in ‘Trumpet’; the speaker is Joss Moody, a celebrated Black … Continue reading “‘There’s more future in the past than there is in the future’”

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On National Poetry Day, here’s a sonnet that’s like rap, a protest poem for racial justice

by Rashmee

Posted on October 1, 2020


Today is National Poetry Day in Britain and I’ve been thinking a great deal about a poem from across the waters. It’s by Terrance Hayes, 48. He describes himself in interviews as a “jock” writing sonnets but don’t let the self-deprecation fool you. Hayes clothes and unclothes ideas with ease and grace and passion. The … Continue reading “On National Poetry Day, here’s a sonnet that’s like rap, a protest poem for racial justice”

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Knees, guns and votes: US race relations in 3 words

by Rashmee

Posted on September 9, 2020 / The National


Race relations can be a fraught subject anywhere but especially so in the US right now. The long hot summer of national reckoning on race and policing has slipped into an autumn of continuing anguish and defiance. Americans’ view of the relations between black and white races is now the most negative of any year … Continue reading “Knees, guns and votes: US race relations in 3 words”

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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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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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How to read Trump’s threat to bring the army on to America’s streets

by Rashmee

Posted on June 2, 2020 / The Focus


It was Peter Thiel, Donald Trump’s only Silicon Valley supporter before the 2016 US presidential election, who had the best, most insightful line on the property magnate turned politician. The media, said Thiel, takes Trump literally, not seriously. Instead, they should take him seriously, not literally. It’s a distinction without a difference now the US … Continue reading “How to read Trump’s threat to bring the army on to America’s streets”

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The world watches America aflame and stands together under a common cause

by Rashmee

Posted on June 1, 2020 / The Focus


In Germany, a Bundesliga football player “took the knee” to show solidarity with George Floyd, the unarmed black man who died on 25 May in Minneapolis at the hands of a white police officer. Protests in solidarity with anti-racism demonstrators in the US broke out in cities around the world. They were in disparate locations — central … Continue reading “The world watches America aflame and stands together under a common cause”

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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