The terrible link between jihadists and Islamophobes

by Rashmee

Posted on June 23, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


In her book “Home Grown: How Domestic Violence Turns Men Into Terrorists,” human rights campaigner Joan Smith makes the case that “there is a close link between private and public violence.” What do jihadists and right-wing killers have in common other than the fact they committed an act of public violence? Is there an unsuspected … Continue reading “The terrible link between jihadists and Islamophobes”

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Jihadist terrorism is falling in the US. The right-wing threat is rising. And fear remains high

by Rashmee

Posted on June 17, 2019


“America saw only one death from jihadi-linked terrorism in 2018”. That was the first sentence of Daniel L. Byman’s piece on terrorism in The New York Times. The article featured on the Brookings website too, perhaps because Mr Byman researches terrorism, Iran and Middle East security issues at the Brookings Institution. That piece should have run … Continue reading “Jihadist terrorism is falling in the US. The right-wing threat is rising. And fear remains high”

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Strasbourg doesn’t change the glad truth that terrorist attacks are declining

by Rashmee

Posted on December 15, 2018


The attack on Strasbourg’s Christmas market earlier this week (Tuesday, December 11) was a shock in more ways than one. Not just because of the sudden assault on a city that promotes itself as the capital of Christmas but because terrorist attacks have been declining around the world. That’s true – both as a statistical … Continue reading “Strasbourg doesn’t change the glad truth that terrorist attacks are declining”

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Bardo pays homage to the tourists who died in the deadly attack on Tunisia

by Rashmee

Posted on March 21, 2016


One year and two days on from the deadly attack on tourists visiting the Bardo Museum in Tunis, there was this. The Bardo has one of the world’s largest collections of Roman mosaics, so this was appropriate. A mosaic wall commemorating the victims of the terrorist strike that left 21 foreign visitors and one Tunisain … Continue reading “Bardo pays homage to the tourists who died in the deadly attack on Tunisia”

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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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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 difference between Liberland and the so-called Islamic State? Both are new “countries”, given a name and form (and a social media identity) by freelance country founders. Both receive various levels of support from people – about 250,000 people reportedly applied for citizenship … Continue reading “Unknown knowns: What we won’t say about Liberland vs Islamic State”

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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 significant – and slightly disheartening – that he is repeating the phrase he used right before the 2007-2008 Surge, with ISIL having taken over more of Iraq than Al Qaeda ever did. As he said, in an emailed interview with … Continue reading “As in pre-Surge days, Petraeus thinks Iraq is ‘hard but not hopeless’”

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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 move that attracted notoriety and gave the city radical street cred. It has finally got the world’s attention, after beheading the Egyptian Coptic Christians. But why, in all of ungoverned, lawless, fractious Libya is Derna the Mediterranean outpost of ISIL? … Continue reading “What does it mean that Raqqa in Syria and Derna in Libya are twin cities?”

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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. This is worth remembering as one contemplates the speed, force and zeal with which the Royal Jordanian Air Force has launched airstrikes against ISIL targets. According to reports, they’ve killed 55 ISIL fighters, including a senior commander known as the … Continue reading “In nearly 70 years as a state, Jordan has managed to balance different demands”

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If there’s one thing you read about #charliehebdo and its cover, this is it

by Rashmee

Posted on January 16, 2015


If there’s one thing you read about the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the aftermath – the confused solidarity, the caustic scorn at its new cover – it has to be Hugh Schofield. Click here to read his FOOC, as we used to call the more personalised ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ dispatch, over at the BBC. … Continue reading “If there’s one thing you read about #charliehebdo and its cover, this is it”

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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