Mr Trump’s new wealth test for legal immigrants should’ve come from US Congress

by Rashmee

Posted on August 13, 2019


Before anyone gets overly outraged by Donald Trump’s new broader assault on the US immigration system, consider the following: ** many countries, not least in the western world, deny non-citizen permanent residents the right to rely on the public purse ** Britain is one such country ** in itself, Mr Trump’s new rule is not … Continue reading “Mr Trump’s new wealth test for legal immigrants should’ve come from US Congress”

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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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Faux foreign issues and Trump’s battle for votes

by Rashmee

Posted on November 11, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


US elections, especially the low-wattage midterms, don’t generally hinge on foreign policy issues but the world did intrude in some ways on some of the 470 federal and 36 gubernatorial contests of November 6 and it was US President Donald Trump who invited it in. The “America First” president made his take on international affairs … Continue reading “Faux foreign issues and Trump’s battle for votes”

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Europe must be integrated society, almost everyone must be ‘a potential friend’

by Rashmee

Posted on April 26, 2016


David Goodhart, arguably, is the only one to articulate a sensible definition of integration (of Muslims and other immigrants) into the West. “One appealing definition of an integrated society,” he recently wrote in The Daily Telegraph, “is one in which almost everyone is a potential friend.” It is a profound – and profoundly true – … Continue reading “Europe must be integrated society, almost everyone must be ‘a potential friend’”

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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