The white jihadist peril is with us

by Rashmee

Posted on August 17, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


White nationalism is seen to be validated by the rhetoric of powerful politicians, not least the US president, Hungary’s prime minister and Italy’s deputy prime minister. After the thwarted gun attack August 10 on a mosque in Norway, an American cartoon from a few days earlier seems acutely perceptive and seriously unfunny. “Can you step … Continue reading “The white jihadist peril is with us”

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Christchurch to Colombo: The unseen arc?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 28, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


The fact a Christchurch-Colombo connection was made by a Sri Lankan government minister raises a terrible prospect. After the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, former CIA Director Michael Morell offered a dismal assessment of the state of the world. There are, he said, at least triple the number of Islamist extremists today than there … Continue reading “Christchurch to Colombo: The unseen arc?”

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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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Brand New Zealand?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 29, 2019


New Zealand’s immigration agency has said that registrations of interest to live and work in New Zealand — the first step toward applying for a visa — had increased in the 10 days after the March 15 attack on two mosques, compared with the 10 days leading up to it. According to a statement from … Continue reading “Brand New Zealand?”

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White nationalism is a global problem

by Rashmee

Posted on March 25, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the world’s response to the terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques should not be “in terms of boundaries… I would make that a global call.” She is right. Ethno-nationalist terrorism is as global a problem as jihadism. Militant white nationalism and militant Islamism affect people across the planet — just … Continue reading “White nationalism is a global problem”

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Travel is supposed to broaden the mind. So, why didn’t it work with the Christchurch shooter?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 22, 2019


Travel is supposed to broaden the mind. So, why didn’t it work with the man who killed 50 people in New Zealand last Friday (March 15)? The man, from small-town Australia, seems to have been a right explorer, travelling across western and eastern Europe, Pakistan, Turkey, even North Korea. There’s something about the whole story … Continue reading “Travel is supposed to broaden the mind. So, why didn’t it work with the Christchurch shooter?”

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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