What’s foreign and Arab about Italy’s Eurovision entry?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 7, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


There is an element of farce about the bigotry on display at the highest levels of the Italian government with respect to a song by a half-Egyptian, half-Sardinian man named Alessandro Mahmoud. Mahmoud’s song “Soldi” (“Money”) won the Sanremo Music Festival contest in February. In its 68 years, Sanremo has launched the careers of some … Continue reading “What’s foreign and Arab about Italy’s Eurovision entry?”

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Capsized Tunisian boat not just a tragedy but a template

by Rashmee

Posted on June 10, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


The Tunisian boat that sank on June 2 as it set off for Europe with a load of uninvited mainly North African migrants is a tragic reminder of the fixed poles of a twisting debate. These are as follows: Recrimination and hand-wringing are almost as useless as the flimsy vessels used to traffic people across … Continue reading “Capsized Tunisian boat not just a tragedy but a template”

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Sajid Javid is no ‘Uncle Tom,’ for now anyway

by Rashmee

Posted on May 6, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


No one said the words “Uncle Tom” when Sajid Javid, Britain’s first Muslim ethnic minority home secretary, was appointed to his powerful position at the very top of government and nor should they, at least right now. There is little indication Javid will display the characteristics of an “Uncle Tom,” one who humiliatingly serves his … Continue reading “Sajid Javid is no ‘Uncle Tom,’ for now anyway”

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A Midwestern grin and a poem about the TSA. Amit Majmudar is clearly no ABCD

by Rashmee

Posted on December 12, 2016


Reading Amit Majmudar’s poem ‘T.S.A.’, named after that unwieldy monster post-9/11 organisation, America’s Transportation Security Administration, I kept looking for traces of the A.B.C.D. Which is to say that piteous creature in between worlds called the American Born Confused Desi. A “desi” is a South Asian and the rest is self-explanatory. But Dr Majumdar’s poem … Continue reading “A Midwestern grin and a poem about the TSA. Amit Majmudar is clearly no ABCD”

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A poet savours the jumbled flavours of America’s July 4 immigrant picnics

by Rashmee

Posted on July 8, 2016


In this election year, the weekend after Independence Day may be a good time to consider the different possibilities each immigrant sees in this very American holiday. In Armenian-American poet Gregory Djanikian’s evocative offering ‘Immigrant Picnic’, the Fourth of July is the chance to be “grilling” together as a family, all the cold dishes – potato … Continue reading “A poet savours the jumbled flavours of America’s July 4 immigrant picnics”

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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