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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The ugly twinning of terrorist threat and Trump’s response

by Rashmee

Posted on November 5, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


The terrorist threat to the United States and US President Donald Trump’s response to it are twinning — in terms of farce and danger. This became clear after the October 31 truck at­tack in New York, the city’s deadli­est since 9/11. The alleged perpetrator, identi­fied as Sayfullo Saipov, who legally immigrated to the United States from Uzbekistan … Continue reading “The ugly twinning of terrorist threat and Trump’s response”

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Was the Brexit vote a sign of radicalization? A jihad for the very soul of Britain?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 3, 2017


Was the Brexit vote a sign of self radicalization? A self-brutalising attempt to take care of one’s own community, whatever that may be, in an age of mobility and ceaseless change? Yes, even though that might sound rather extreme. According to Marc Sageman, a psychiatrist and former CIA case officer, communities aren’t enablers or facilitators of … Continue reading “Was the Brexit vote a sign of radicalization? A jihad for the very soul of Britain?”

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Can European culture prevent ISIL recruitment?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 22, 2016 / The National


On both sides of the Atlantic, the fight against radicalisation is evolving in unexpected ways. In the United States, a federal judge is considering whether convicted home-grown ISIL supporters can be put on a deradicalisation programme rather than clapped in jail. In Italy, the government is handing out €500 (Dh2,043) of free money to 18-year-olds … Continue reading “Can European culture prevent ISIL recruitment?”

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Ridicule, the ultimate takedown of Islamic State? Inshallah, one day soon

by Rashmee

Posted on July 27, 2016


Click here for The Bighdaddy show, a collection of short videos satirising the so-called Islamic State and named after its self-styled caliph Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi. In one episode, the protagonist warns: “Don’t forget to like, share and comment or else I swear to God I’ll execute you all”. It goes without saying that’s a … Continue reading “Ridicule, the ultimate takedown of Islamic State? Inshallah, one day soon”

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The world since last Wednesday. Do you feel events have speeded up in 2016?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 26, 2016


It may seem as if a lot of significant things are happening very fast but Princeton historian David A. Bell believes that 2016 “so far has been less ‘interesting’ than 1989, and, for that matter, than 1991.” Professor Bell should know. His particular interest is the political culture of the Old Regime and the French … Continue reading “The world since last Wednesday. Do you feel events have speeded up in 2016?”

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What can Germany do to keep itself safe? Integrate new entrants more fiercely

by Rashmee

Posted on July 25, 2016


If there can be any blessing in a bloody and terrible act, it is this: Munich’s mass murderer was a dual national (German and Iranian) but not a refugee from some distant war. The 18-year-old was born and bred in Germany. He was mad as a coot (or at least profoundly disturbed and obsessed with … Continue reading “What can Germany do to keep itself safe? Integrate new entrants more fiercely”

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In America, pro-ISIS digital content is a crime, pro-gun pronouncements a right

by Rashmee

Posted on July 22, 2016


Harvard law professor Noah Feldman asks a deeply troubling question in his Bloomberg View piece. Why should pro-ISIS digital content be considered dangerous to Americans and their society but not pro-gun pronouncements? Click here to read Professor Feldman’s piece in full. It’s a bit dense but here’s a short rundown on the essential argument. Apparently, … Continue reading “In America, pro-ISIS digital content is a crime, pro-gun pronouncements a right”

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A former resident of Brussels responds to Donald Trump’s ‘painful message’

by Rashmee

Posted on March 23, 2016


Amana Fontanella-Khan, The Guardian’s assistant US opinion editor, has stuck it to Donald Trump for his “painful message” to Brussels and Europe after Tuesday’s multiple terrorist attacks. “It’s your fault,” she correctly reads Mr Trump’s message to the grieving de facto capital of Europe. Your fault for being too open, too diverse, not keen enough … Continue reading “A former resident of Brussels responds to Donald Trump’s ‘painful message’”

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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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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK