Does migration herald the demise of the liberal idea?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 7, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Everywhere, the inoffensive liberal message is portrayed as a mortal threat to the greater common good. A German ship’s female captain was briefly detained in Italy for docking in an Italian port with a boat carrying migrants rescued off Zawiya, Libya. Was the captain a dangerous liberal? Was she pursuing an obsolete ideology that places … Continue reading “Does migration herald the demise of the liberal idea?”

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Why Merkel took a massive bet on migrants as force for growth

by Rashmee

Posted on January 7, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Year-end holiday festivities practically obscured something quite remarkable in Germany just before Christmas. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet agreed to new immigration laws to put before parliament. On a continent whose politics is poisoned by fear of non-white, Muslim immigration, the German cabinet relaxed the rules for jobseekers from beyond the European Union and offered … Continue reading “Why Merkel took a massive bet on migrants as force for growth”

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Migration is not at a peak - hysteria is

by Rashmee

Posted on June 27, 2018 / The National


If we had little data and nothing more than political discussions in western capitals to go by, it would seem as if the whole world was on the move and all were headed for rich countries. The transatlantic conversation is unblinkingly focused on migration. Europe seems unable to consider anything else right now but Thursday’s … Continue reading “Migration is not at a peak - hysteria is”

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Hey Gov Walker, migrant workers can mean promotions for natives

by Rashmee

Posted on May 1, 2015


Did you know that immigrants can actually help the natives excel? I got this off Noah Smith’s thought-provoking Bloomberg View piece on Wisconsin Governor and potential presidential candidate Scott Walker’s suggestion that limiting legal immigration may protect American jobs. (Before any fans of his get cross, the Governor implied as much in an interview with … Continue reading “Hey Gov Walker, migrant workers can mean promotions for natives”

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Don’t ask where best to be born but where best to live?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 2, 2013


One cannot but be struck by title of The Economist blog “Where to be born in 2013”. In a calculation that “links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys to objective determinants of the quality of life” across 80 countries, The Economist Intelligence Unit has come up with an entirely subjective list that enshrines Switzerland at … Continue reading “Don’t ask where best to be born but where best to live?”

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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