A clutch of crucial elections this month, not least in the three I’s

by Rashmee

Posted on April 10, 2019


Lots of elections are coming up. The three I’s – Israel, India and Indonesia. As well as Finland, Spain and Ukraine. April’s calendar is pretty crammed. First off was, Israel on April 9. It’s fair to say that ahead of the vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had the polling momentum. He also enjoyed the status … Continue reading “A clutch of crucial elections this month, not least in the three I’s”

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Like Sweden, Finland has its Muslim-bashing populists

by Rashmee

Posted on September 16, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


The rise of the far-right Sweden Democrats, who are hostile to Muslims and migrants, is mirrored in Finland, Sweden’s neighbour to the east. Finland, too, has an authentically populist political party with a nasty message for immigrants of non-European, non-Christian heritage. Like Swedes, Finns have elections on their minds. Finnish voters will go to the … Continue reading “Like Sweden, Finland has its Muslim-bashing populists”

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Things to look forward to in 2016: Can Finnish national income work?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 30, 2015


Finland is planning to give its 4.9 million adult citizens a national basic income – €800 each – and scrap all existing benefits. It will probably be the most comprehensive basic income scheme in the world. There have been similar experiments elsewhere but they were generally smaller or more targeted. For instance, as Quartz writes, … Continue reading “Things to look forward to in 2016: Can Finnish national income work?”

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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