Knees, guns and votes: US race relations in 3 words

by Rashmee

Posted on September 9, 2020 / The National


Race relations can be a fraught subject anywhere but especially so in the US right now. The long hot summer of national reckoning on race and policing has slipped into an autumn of continuing anguish and defiance. Americans’ view of the relations between black and white races is now the most negative of any year … Continue reading “Knees, guns and votes: US race relations in 3 words”

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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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A diverse group of Americans literally just voted for their lives

by Rashmee

Posted on November 10, 2018


  A handy statistic: At least 17 newly elected US Congressmen and women back stricter gun laws. Fun fact: They defeated incumbents backed by the National Rifle Association. Okay, so the 17 were Democrats but this is not about party so much as sensible safety measures and even in red (Republican) states, voters appear to … Continue reading “A diverse group of Americans literally just voted for their lives”

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In Pakistan, teens are at risk from Taliban. In US, from the guns their leaders protect

by Rashmee

Posted on February 16, 2018


  Listening to the shocked tearful accounts of teenage survivors of the latest school shooting in the United States, I couldn’t help but recall another frightened adolescent’s retelling of his brush with death. That was in Pakistan, thousands of miles away from America. The 15-year-old Pakistani boy was being urged to become a suicide bomber. … Continue reading “In Pakistan, teens are at risk from Taliban. In US, from the guns their leaders protect”

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After Jo Cox’s murder let’s pause & ask ourselves: Can words become weapons?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 18, 2016


The British police are yet to conclusively pronounce on the motivation for MP Jo Cox’s murder. But if, as has been reported, her assailant yelled “Britain First” while he shot and stabbed the woman who worked for human rights and her West Yorkshire constituents, this is a moment to pause. If Thomas Mair, who is … Continue reading “After Jo Cox’s murder let’s pause & ask ourselves: Can words become weapons?”

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Jo Cox’s murder: Is UK’s gentle egg-throwing culture of dissent dead?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 17, 2016


After the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox at the hands of a man allegedly shouting “Britain First”, I remembered how political disagreement used to be in Britain. Just over 15 years ago – on May 16, 2001 to be precise – this was The Daily Telegraph’s account of public “dissatisfaction” with the governing record … Continue reading “Jo Cox’s murder: Is UK’s gentle egg-throwing culture of dissent dead?”

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2 extremisms caused Orlando shooting: Omar Mateen’s & the gun lobby

by Rashmee

Posted on June 13, 2016


Sometimes, it is Twitter that provides the right response to a public event marked by blood, sorrow and fear. So it was with Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in US history. The tweet read as follows: “What do the vast majority of mass shootings in the US have in common? Not Islam. Angry men with … Continue reading “2 extremisms caused Orlando shooting: Omar Mateen’s & the gun lobby”

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How the world views America’s epidemic of gun violence: a chronic disease

by Rashmee

Posted on December 6, 2015


Imagine an alcoholic or a drug addict, who’s been overdosing on his/her poison, is weak and raddled by his affliction, is literally killing themselves. What would you do? Especially if you were their family or friend? You’d argue, cajole, threaten to get them to stop. You would lay out the facts of their disease, suggest … Continue reading “How the world views America’s epidemic of gun violence: a chronic disease”

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Buy a gun at Walmart but not a bottle of wine

by Rashmee

Posted on December 16, 2012


Here, for what it’s worth, is my America-and-guns story. Arriving in this country from the UK, I could barely believe what I found in the local Walmart, near our holiday home in Garrett County, Maryland. I could buy a gun in Walmart any time I wanted; but I could not buy a bottle of wine! … Continue reading “Buy a gun at Walmart but not a bottle of wine”

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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