Fear of the ‘other’ causes ructions in Britain and Norway

by Rashmee

Posted on January 26, 2020 / The Arab Weekly


Certain groups of people are being dehumanised and cast as the “other” because of fear. Because of that, the crime of hate is being normalised. In December, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson led his Conservative Party to a huge parliamentary majority, which gave him leeway to steer Brexit, controversial trade talks with the United States … Continue reading “Fear of the ‘other’ causes ructions in Britain and Norway”

Read More

In Trumpworld, Atwood’s The Testaments gives hope that truth will always have power

by Rashmee

Posted on September 19, 2019


I’m currently reading Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments’ – I had it on pre-order on Kindle so it dropped into my device overnight on Sept. 9 – and as always, she’s assured and engaging. The sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ continues to tell the story of reproductive slavery, religious fundamentalism, and the extreme environmental disaster that … Continue reading “In Trumpworld, Atwood’s The Testaments gives hope that truth will always have power”

Read More

Listen up when Aleksander Hemon warns about fascism. He’s from Sarajevo

by Rashmee

Posted on November 3, 2018


When Aleksander Hemon, once called the “new Nabokov”, calls out fascists and those who insist on “engaging” with them in an ordinary way, everyone had better listen. Mr Hemon (one of my literary heroes) is a Bosnian American writer of rare talent and unusual determination. He is known not just for his striking coinage and … Continue reading “Listen up when Aleksander Hemon warns about fascism. He’s from Sarajevo”

Read More

The ‘other’ is hounded in Germany. Sound familiar?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 23, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


The sacking of a German domestic intelligence chief over his public comments on far-right unrest underlines the extent to which the migration debate is roiling Europe. It is turning governments, state agencies, cities, communities and family units into camps — Us versus Them, anti-migrant versus pro-migrant. The rivalry is over the merits of non-white, non-Christian migration to … Continue reading “The ‘other’ is hounded in Germany. Sound familiar?”

Read More

This @POTUS isn’t fascist but post-fascist. He represents capitalism without a human face

by Rashmee

Posted on October 6, 2017


In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico, let’s consider the way the word “fascism” is used in relation to this US President. The word is used all too often and all too wrongly says someone who can reliably be expected to know: Italian historian Enzo Traverso. He wrote an essay for the World … Continue reading “This @POTUS isn’t fascist but post-fascist. He represents capitalism without a human face”

Read More

Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK