After Baghouz, what do you do with ISIS families?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 17, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Baghouz, the last redoubt of the Islamic State (ISIS), may be about to fall but the real battle against the extremist group may continue for years. It will revolve around an ethically difficult and strategically important question: What to do with the families of ISIS fighters? This is a global cohort. Women and children linked … Continue reading “After Baghouz, what do you do with ISIS families?”

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London attackers weren’t cowardly but too confident, like most merchants of death

by Rashmee

Posted on June 5, 2017


Politicians routinely use the word “cowardly” for terrorist attacks and so they did for Saturday night’s events at London Bridge-Borough Market. But they weren’t cowardly at all really, were they? The attackers were boldly, brutally self-confident, when faced with Saturday night revelers. Eyewitnesses have described how the three men ran up to a girl brandishing … Continue reading “London attackers weren’t cowardly but too confident, like most merchants of death”

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Italy starts giving 18-year-olds free money: Counter-terrorism and the culture wars

by Rashmee

Posted on September 14, 2016


I kid you not. From tomorrow, September 15, the Italian government will give 575,000 young people who turn 18 this year €500 each. Just like that. They won’t see it as bank notes, of course, but it still comes to just under $600 or £428.28 per head. Quartz has calculated that the free money will … Continue reading “Italy starts giving 18-year-olds free money: Counter-terrorism and the culture wars”

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Jihadism blooms with Trumpian talk; withers when social glue is applied

by Rashmee

Posted on June 15, 2016


Violent jihadism flourishes in black and white situations, the sort of “you’re with us if you look like us” rhetoric of Donald Trump. It withers and dies in the monotony of “the grey of social compromise and tolerance, of nuanced and considered thoughts.” Think Sadiq Khan, London’s new mayor. Or supposedly equally boring inclusive politicians … Continue reading “Jihadism blooms with Trumpian talk; withers when social glue is applied”

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Isil is losing ground on both digital and real battlefield. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on December 13, 2015


Here’s a bit of pre-Christmas cheer. Isil is losing ground. Literally and figuratively. So says The Economist anyway. It points to the loss of the Iraqi town of Sinjar, the capture by Kurdish forces in Syria of oilfields west of Sinjar. The Iraqi city of Ramadi looks set to fall. Coalition strikes killed Abu Salah, the … Continue reading “Isil is losing ground on both digital and real battlefield. Here’s why”

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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