Trump’s immigration ban is troubling but not as much as his fulminations on mosques

by Rashmee

Posted on April 26, 2020 / The Arab Weekly


Pitching mosques into the febrile atmosphere of a world shut down by a pandemic merely feeds grievance politics, possibly taking it to dangerous heights. What’s the point of Donald Trump’s new immigration ban? Just like his decision to ban Muslims from entering the US three years ago, Trump’s new, temporary immigration restriction lacks both sense … Continue reading “Trump’s immigration ban is troubling but not as much as his fulminations on mosques”

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The sheer, mind-numbing pointlessness of Donald Trump and his immigration order

by Rashmee

Posted on April 22, 2020


On Tuesday (April 21) Donald Trump announced that he would issue an executive order to temporarily suspend some kinds of immigration to the US. He cast it as a jobs-protection measure, meant to “help unemployed Americans be first in line for jobs as America reopens”. It was a pointless statement with neither sense nor sensibility. … Continue reading “The sheer, mind-numbing pointlessness of Donald Trump and his immigration order”

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Revoking citizenship is not an answer to ISIS returnee question

by Rashmee

Posted on February 24, 2019


Britain has answered US President Donald Trump’s call for European countries to take back their nationals from among the 800 Islamic State (ISIS) fighters captured in Syria. Britain deprived Shamima Begum, the teenage wife of a Dutch ISIS fighter, of her citizenship. In the process, the United Kingdom may have created a bigger problem than … Continue reading “Revoking citizenship is not an answer to ISIS returnee question”

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Japan-style stew of cautious change and careful continuity

by Rashmee

Posted on February 10, 2019


It seemed like an omen. A recipe for Japanese-style beef stew popped up just as I was about to read Jim O’Neill’s piece on what Japan could teach other developed countries. The beef stew, by the very “minimalist” Mark Bittman, seemed highly developed and sophisticated. With soy sauce, ginger and winter squash, it seemed as … Continue reading “Japan-style stew of cautious change and careful continuity”

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If we want to save Britain from its post-Brexit economic fate, we should support Theresa May’s investment in Africa

by Rashmee

Posted on August 28, 2018 / The Independent


Theresa May has joined in a new scramble for Africa but this one is neither wholly European nor intentionally and hideously opaque as in centuries past. In fact, May is pretty upfront about Britain’s hopes and aims in Africa, as she visits the continent’s three largest economies — South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Brexit Britain, which has … Continue reading “If we want to save Britain from its post-Brexit economic fate, we should support Theresa May’s investment in Africa”

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In Galileo’s Padua, ‘fake news’ flourishes just as his heresy charges once did

by Rashmee

Posted on March 3, 2018


If they think of Padua at all most people would remember Galileo Galilei. The Italian heliocentrist was a lecturer at the University of Padua. But Padua featured in “fake news” stories that circulated in Italy ahead of the March 4 general election. One of the stories featured a nine-year-old Muslim girl in Padua who was … Continue reading “In Galileo’s Padua, ‘fake news’ flourishes just as his heresy charges once did”

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From beyond the grave, the ‘Austria First’ Jorg Haider effect

by Rashmee

Posted on October 16, 2017


So what’s new in Austria? In December, it missed electing Norbert Hofer of the far-right Freedom Party as president. (The margin of defeat was less than 10 percentage points). In the 1999 general election, the Freedom Party led by the late Jorg Haider, won 27 per cent of the national vote. This was more than … Continue reading “From beyond the grave, the ‘Austria First’ Jorg Haider effect”

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Trump’s plan: Make the American Political Show Great Again. #MAPSGA not #MAGA

by Rashmee

Posted on August 8, 2017


Timothy L. O’Brien, Donald Trump’s biographer, has an interesting (and strangely comforting) view of the US president’s attitude to governance. He doesn’t care if any of his proposals become law, all he wants to do is rile up his base. What for? To be loved. What for? It’s great for the ratings. Make the American … Continue reading “Trump’s plan: Make the American Political Show Great Again. #MAPSGA not #MAGA”

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Is Canada really immune from the populist wave or is it just pretending?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 13, 2016


Ever wondered why Canada doesn’t seem caught up in the populist wave that’s affecting other western countries? Don’t know about you but it’s been on my mind and here’s J.J. McCullough with an answer. There is room for populist politics, which exists, albeit only unofficially. It will stay invisible until it doesn’t, possibly in 2019 … Continue reading “Is Canada really immune from the populist wave or is it just pretending?”

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A terrible link between Paris attacks & asylum-seekers’ view of France?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 16, 2015


There is a disturbing kernel of truth in The Economist’s scathing view of November 7 about “the dispensable French”. It is as follows. There is a terrible – and unaddressed – link between the Friday, the 13th attacks on Paris and the fact that most asylum-seekers don’t want to go to / or stay in … Continue reading “A terrible link between Paris attacks & asylum-seekers’ view of France?”

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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