Global migration, from American dream to nightmare

by Rashmee

Posted on June 24, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


With every year since 2012, there’s been a new post-second world war global record for forcibly displaced people. Last year was the worst — 68.5 million — a report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says. Every month since June 2015, when Donald Trump announced his US presidential bid, there has come from some part of the … Continue reading “Global migration, from American dream to nightmare”

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Can the heroic act of the Paris ‘Spider-Man’ change the perception of migrants?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 3, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Mamoudou Gassama, the Malian undocumented migrant feted by France for his heroism, epitomises the many sides of the fraught European debate about refugees. An able-bodied young man who told the mayor of Paris he dreamed “of building his life here (in France),” Gassama clearly falls into the category of an economic migrant. As someone who … Continue reading “Can the heroic act of the Paris ‘Spider-Man’ change the perception of migrants?”

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Italy has fewer migrants now but hateful Trumpian echoes resound

by Rashmee

Posted on February 11, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


By every calculation, Italy’s election in early March will settle nothing. The country may or may not end up with a government straight off after the vote. It could be the populist Five Star Movement or a centre-right coalition composed of the Forza Italia, the Northern League and the Brothers of Italy. However, having a … Continue reading “Italy has fewer migrants now but hateful Trumpian echoes resound”

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On refugees, Angela Merkel has been nothing like that ugly new verb, Merkeln

by Rashmee

Posted on August 29, 2015


The migration issue – and Germany’s remarkable response to it this week – means it wasn’t a good time to be chiding Chancellor Angela Merkel for doing too little, too late, about anything. According to NPR, ‘Merkeln’ is a real word, an uncomplimentary one that is running for German dictionary publisher Langenscheidt’s Youth Word of the … Continue reading “On refugees, Angela Merkel has been nothing like that ugly new verb, Merkeln”

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A stylebook for CEOs of countries? With rules on how to refer to refugees?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 4, 2015


Should the chief executives of countries – David Cameron of the UK, for instance – have a stylebook that governs kosher/halal phrases? Something along the lines of the Associated Press Stylebook, which dropped the use of the words “illegal immigrant” in Apri 2013, because it believes that “’illegal’ should describe only an action” not a … Continue reading “A stylebook for CEOs of countries? With rules on how to refer to refugees?”

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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