Isil, the cosplay Caliphate. Ever noticed why it’s a bit like The Lord of the Rings?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 17, 2015


John Kerry has just called Isil “psychopathic monsters”. True, but there’s more. Benjamin Dueholm, …

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Last week, The Economist was writing about ‘the dispensable French’

by Rashmee

Posted on November 15, 2015


What a difference a week makes. On November 7, Charlemagne was pretty scathing about France’s …

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An ISIL plane bomb means it’s prepared to be seen as it is: a terrorist group

by Rashmee

Posted on November 7, 2015


Contrary to what everyone may say or fear, hears what an ISIL bomb on a …

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ISIL’s Toyota trucks bring to mind Paul Bowles’s story on the Reguibat

by Rashmee

Posted on October 11, 2015


I thought of Paul Bowles’s short story ‘A Distant Episode’ when I read about US …

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Unknown knowns: What we won’t say about Liberland vs Islamic State

by Rashmee

Posted on May 20, 2015


As we examine language and how we use it, let’s address the question: What’s the …

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As in pre-Surge days, Petraeus thinks Iraq is ‘hard but not hopeless’

by Rashmee

Posted on March 24, 2015


General Petraeus still believes that the situation in Iraq is “hard but not hopeless”. It’s …

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What does it mean that Raqqa in Syria and Derna in Libya are twin cities?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 20, 2015


It’s been five months since Derna threw in its lot with ISIL – an opportunistic …

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In nearly 70 years as a state, Jordan has managed to balance different demands

by Rashmee

Posted on February 7, 2015


In 2016, it will be 70 years that Jordan will have been an independent country. …

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Can everyone carry the water to Ed Husain’s burning ‘house of Islam’?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 11, 2015


“The house of Islam is on fire. The water needs to be carried by everybody, …

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European Muslims need political representation, so says Michel Houellebecq

by Rashmee

Posted on January 10, 2015


Michel Houellebecq (pronounced ‘wellbeck’) should be read – and praised or condemned only after that …

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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