The gun control lobby could be a lot more powerful in the new Congress

by Rashmee

Posted on November 13, 2018 / The National


When country music’s biggest annual awards ceremony gets under way in Nashville, Tennessee, tomorrow, there will be one element of what Willie Nelson once described as the genre’s signature formula. “Three chords and the truth,” he once declared, were the heart of any country song. The simplicity of the three-chord song will almost certainly be … Continue reading “The gun control lobby could be a lot more powerful in the new Congress”

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For a very brief moment, I saw a purpose in Donald Trump’s presidency

by Rashmee

Posted on March 2, 2018


For a moment, a very short one, I saw a purpose in Donald Trump’s presidency. As the president accused Democrats and Republican lawmakers alike of being so “petrified” of the National Rifle Association (NRA) they had done nothing on gun control, it seemed it was for this moment that Donald Trump was elected on November 8, 2016. … Continue reading “For a very brief moment, I saw a purpose in Donald Trump’s presidency”

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The Swiss rather like guns too but they haven’t had a mass shooting in 17 years

by Rashmee

Posted on February 21, 2018


Imagine a country in the western hemisphere where a referendum that calls for a national gun registry is defeated. Imagine a country where the proposal to store guns owned by soldiers in public arsenals is rejected. Imagine a country where children as young as 12 are routinely taught how to shoot. Not America but Switzerland. … Continue reading “The Swiss rather like guns too but they haven’t had a mass shooting in 17 years”

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The Florida shooting was just one more on a list already too long and bloody

by Rashmee

Posted on February 20, 2018 / The National


What could possibly be new or different about the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Florida, the latest mass killing by firearms in America? Hasn’t everything that had to be said about gun violence in the United States already been articulated in factual reportage, fiction and film? There has been a bestselling novel, … Continue reading “The Florida shooting was just one more on a list already too long and bloody”

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A Martian visiting Earth would have thought ‘mental health’ killed those Florida students

by Rashmee

Posted on February 17, 2018


Had you not known it was a school shooting, President Trump’s televised address to the nation would have left you no wiser. In  his speech on Thursday (February 15), Mr Trump pledged to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health.” He did not mention gun control. A Martian visiting Earth on Thursday, a day after … Continue reading “A Martian visiting Earth would have thought ‘mental health’ killed those Florida students”

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Trump’s State of the Union address marks a deeply troubling back story to the narrative of American strength and success

by Rashmee

Posted on January 30, 2018 / The National


Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address is billed as a follow-through on his triumphalist message to the world from Davos 2018. America is “roaring back, open for business and competitive once again”, the US president declared. But is it really? The statistical reading is good, which explains the buzzy sense of good cheer … Continue reading “Trump’s State of the Union address marks a deeply troubling back story to the narrative of American strength and success”

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Is the US gun epidemic becoming one of the world’s ‘forgotten conflicts’?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 25, 2018


Is the US gun epidemic becoming one of the world’s ‘forgotten conflicts’? Is it becoming like bomb blasts in Iraq or Afghanistan and like Boko Haram’s atrocities in Nigeria? Is gun violence in American becoming an inevitable tragedy? It looks to be heading that way. Consider coverage of the most recent gun violence in one … Continue reading “Is the US gun epidemic becoming one of the world’s ‘forgotten conflicts’?”

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Spot the difference: Haitians believe God kills, not germs. For Americans, it’s God not guns

by Rashmee

Posted on October 4, 2017


  Before I went to Haiti, my Kreyol instructor gave our class a valuable lesson in Haitian stoicism, immutability, and yes, ill-logic. “Mikwòb pa touye Ayisyen, that’s what many Haitians believe,” he said. “Be prepared.” What he meant was that a certain section of Haitian society was unwilling to believe that the cholera virus could kill and that … Continue reading “Spot the difference: Haitians believe God kills, not germs. For Americans, it’s God not guns”

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In America, pro-ISIS digital content is a crime, pro-gun pronouncements a right

by Rashmee

Posted on July 22, 2016


Harvard law professor Noah Feldman asks a deeply troubling question in his Bloomberg View piece. Why should pro-ISIS digital content be considered dangerous to Americans and their society but not pro-gun pronouncements? Click here to read Professor Feldman’s piece in full. It’s a bit dense but here’s a short rundown on the essential argument. Apparently, … Continue reading “In America, pro-ISIS digital content is a crime, pro-gun pronouncements a right”

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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