The third wave of bloodshed in France is not really about Islam but lone wolf criminality

by Rashmee

Posted on October 30, 2020


11 Mar 2004  Spain Madrid train bombings 193 killed, 2,050 injured[69] Al-Qaeda 7 Jul 2005  UK 2005 London bombings 56 killed, (inc. 4 perps.), 784 injured[70] Al-Qaeda 7–9 Jan 2015  France January 2015 Île-de-France attacks 20 killed (inc. 3 perps.), 22 injured[73] Al-Qaeda 13 Nov 2015  France November 2015 Paris attacks 138 killed (inc. 7 perps.), 413 injured[75][76] Islamic State 22 … Continue reading “The third wave of bloodshed in France is not really about Islam but lone wolf criminality”

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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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How extremism has hijacked the UK election

by Rashmee

Posted on June 8, 2017 / The National


Britain votes today with the shadow of terrorism hanging darkly over it. Ditto France, as it goes to the polls the following two Sundays to elect members of parliament. In the countdown to Germany’s federal election in September, there are very real and justified fears of attacks. How could it be any different? This has … Continue reading “How extremism has hijacked the UK election”

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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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By pushing Muslims to the margins, Cruz & Trump would make US like Europe

by Rashmee

Posted on March 26, 2016


Ted Cruz and Donald Trump want to make the US more like Europe. They want to push Muslims to the margins and make it harder for them to integrate. Consider what the two Republican loonies are proposing in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks. Mr Cruz wants to “patrol and secure” Muslim neighborhoods in America … Continue reading “By pushing Muslims to the margins, Cruz & Trump would make US like Europe”

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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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UK airstrikes, US special forces. What a ‘pitiless war’ on terrorism really means

by Rashmee

Posted on December 2, 2015


On Wednesday, Britain voted on joining the US and France in bombing Isil. On Tuesday, US defence secretary Ash Carter promised more special operations forces for Iraq and Syria. And the US is trying to get Turkey to close its border so that Isil can be expelled from the last 98km strip of the Syria-Turkish border … Continue reading “UK airstrikes, US special forces. What a ‘pitiless war’ on terrorism really means”

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Britain is debating a nullity like airstrikes against Isil because it sounds good

by Rashmee

Posted on November 28, 2015


Honestly, one has to laugh. There’s the British prime minister David Cameron solemnly declaring that he has “examined (my) conscience” and determined that urgent action is needed to protect Britain from “military attacks” by Isil. There are MPs of Britain’s Labour Party up in arms that their (un)Dear Leader Jeremy Corbyn is not militaristic enough to offer … Continue reading “Britain is debating a nullity like airstrikes against Isil because it sounds good”

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An international court to try terrorism? That’s what Romania and Spain want

by Rashmee

Posted on November 22, 2015


Bogdan Aurescu, Romania’s foreign minister, and José García-Margallo y Marfil, his Spanish equivalent, have been arguing for a “global legal body to lead the fight against terrorism”. What do they mean? Basically, it seems, they want that terrorism should be considered a universal crime with universally punishable consequences. In their Project Syndicate piece, the two … Continue reading “An international court to try terrorism? That’s what Romania and Spain want”

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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