America’s ring-wing is driving a violent spree. Here’s why it matters

by Rashmee

Posted on February 21, 2019


No category of terrorist is more dangerous to America right now than its own, home-grown right-wing. Consider the news on February 21. A Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist, recently arrested in Maryland, was plotting to kill prominent journalists and Democratic politicians as well as “leftists in general”. That’s from the court filing. The man is … Continue reading “America’s ring-wing is driving a violent spree. Here’s why it matters”

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Is social media getting too much blame when things go wrong?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 29, 2018


Elections. The Arab Spring. Racism. Populism. Rumours, vile as they come. Hatred towards ‘the other’. Social media is now routinely identified as the key driver of almost everything. And its influence is not just seen to throw up negative tsunamis. Book sales, charity fundraisers, GoFundMe campaigns, missing person notifications, traffic reports, solidarity with cities that … Continue reading “Is social media getting too much blame when things go wrong?”

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How extremism has hijacked the UK election

by Rashmee

Posted on June 8, 2017 / The National


Britain votes today with the shadow of terrorism hanging darkly over it. Ditto France, as it goes to the polls the following two Sundays to elect members of parliament. In the countdown to Germany’s federal election in September, there are very real and justified fears of attacks. How could it be any different? This has … Continue reading “How extremism has hijacked the UK election”

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In Europe, extremism is essentially a homegrown problem

by Rashmee

Posted on April 2, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Within hours of the March 22nd attack in London, politicians in parts of the Western world were calling for a ban on migration from the Middle East. It was an inflammatory and opportunistic demand and ludi­crously off the mark. The London attacker, Khalid Masood, was not from the Mid­dle East or North Africa. He was … Continue reading “In Europe, extremism is essentially a homegrown problem”

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Isil’s British convert brings to mind this letter to Muslims in the West

by Rashmee

Posted on January 6, 2016


Now that the main suspect in Isil’s latest propaganda video is thought to be British convert to Islam Siddhartha Dhar (Abu Rumaysah), Haroon Moghul’s letter to a young Muslim in the West comes to mind. Mr Moghul addressed his fellow 30 million Western Muslims, spread out across Europe (excluding Russia), the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. … Continue reading “Isil’s British convert brings to mind this letter to Muslims in the West”

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Isil’s tech and propaganda progress: a new app and a nasheed in Mandarin

by Rashmee

Posted on December 14, 2015


Following on from news of Isil’s losing streak on both the digital and real battlefield – Sinjar, oilfields, internet space – here’s what it is still doing right: ** It has released a rebranded version of its smartphone app, allowing instant download of many of its chilling videos ** It has just issued a catchy nasheed, … Continue reading “Isil’s tech and propaganda progress: a new app and a nasheed in Mandarin”

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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