Dutch law on burqas reveals more than was intended

by Rashmee

Posted on August 2, 2019


The Netherlands is in a dither about burqas, niqabs and other face coverings. It’s banned them but doesn’t want to enforce the prohibition because there isn’t really a problem per se. Of the Netherlands’ 17 million people, only about 150 to 400 women wear burqas and niqabs, according to Annelies Moors, a professor of sociology … Continue reading “Dutch law on burqas reveals more than was intended”

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Europe’s Turks should give up their voting rights in Turkey, sharpish. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on March 13, 2017


Let’s face it, that’s the only way Europe’s Turks can survive attempts by leaders like Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to use them in multiple ways – as a vote bank, a prop and a weapon against the governments of European countries. By survive, I mean, to pick a side – are they with Holland, … Continue reading “Europe’s Turks should give up their voting rights in Turkey, sharpish. Here’s why”

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Liberals need to heed the messages writ large

by Rashmee

Posted on March 9, 2017 / The National


A recent news report on France’s presidential election campaign and the prospects of far-right leader Marine Le Pen is worth parsing because it says something so politically blasphemous as to be barely believable. John Laurenson reported for the BBC from among French people whom Britain’s prime minister Theresa May might have called “left behind”. He … Continue reading “Liberals need to heed the messages writ large”

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The thin line between free speech and hate speech

by Rashmee

Posted on December 18, 2016 / The Arab Weekly


When does free speech become hate speech? And when does hate speech become dangerous? Touchy questions but do not go looking for answers in the remarkable saga of Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders. Hav­ing made a political career out of intemperate remarks focused on immigrants and Islam, Wilders is set to challenge even the … Continue reading “The thin line between free speech and hate speech”

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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