Here’s the petty good that’s come to pass since Trump incited US Capitol siege

by Rashmee

Posted on January 11, 2021


Four days after Donald Trump incited the siege of the US Capitol, here’s a rundown of developments. While any assessment can be subjective, it’s fair to say the petty good and undone vast, to quote Robert Browning out of context, is telling. And dispiriting. All law-abiding Americans must hope that the Republican Party finds it … Continue reading “Here’s the petty good that’s come to pass since Trump incited US Capitol siege”

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Europe has yet another moment on the Muslim issue

by Rashmee

Posted on December 6, 2020


In Austria, chancellor Sebastian Kurz will push a law this month to criminalise a mindset he has denounced as “political Islam”. In France, president Emmanuel Macron will, on December 9, give his cabinet the chance to review a draft law against what he has called “Islamist separatism.” Mr Kurz’s move potentially goes further than that … Continue reading “Europe has yet another moment on the Muslim issue”

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After Christchurch, the world must recognise that white males can be terrorists too

by Rashmee

Posted on March 19, 2019 / The National


The far-right is responsible for a huge proportion of extremist killings in the West. Yet these acts are rarely described as what they are. This must stop now Within hours of the Christchurch massacre, a question was posed on Twitter: “What term should be used for white male terrorism?” It sounded like an innocent enough query, … Continue reading “After Christchurch, the world must recognise that white males can be terrorists too”

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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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Blowback from actions for and by Israel is being felt in Africa

by Rashmee

Posted on January 28, 2019


The blowback from actions of and for Israel is tragically to be seen in parts of Africa. On January 20, Chadian nationals serving as UN peacekeepers in Mali were killed by Al Qaeda. A branch of Al Qaeda claimed the attack and said it was in response to Chad’s resumption of diplomatic relations with Israel. And … Continue reading “Blowback from actions for and by Israel is being felt in Africa”

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America: A house divided

by Rashmee

Posted on January 12, 2019


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to Cairo with a nonsensical message – we care, the other guys didn’t. But there really was only one point he was sent to telegraph to the world. That the Trump administration feels profound antipathy to Barack Obama, America’s first visually black president. Mr Trump likes (possibly even … Continue reading “America: A house divided”

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Jihadism blooms with Trumpian talk; withers when social glue is applied

by Rashmee

Posted on June 15, 2016


Violent jihadism flourishes in black and white situations, the sort of “you’re with us if you look like us” rhetoric of Donald Trump. It withers and dies in the monotony of “the grey of social compromise and tolerance, of nuanced and considered thoughts.” Think Sadiq Khan, London’s new mayor. Or supposedly equally boring inclusive politicians … Continue reading “Jihadism blooms with Trumpian talk; withers when social glue is applied”

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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, an associate pastor of a Lutheran church in Illinois and co-editor of a theological journal, has a fascinating theory on ISIL. Writing for Aeon magazine, he describes the brutal extremist group as a “cosplay Caliphate”, a deadly fantasy that feeds the … Continue reading “Isil, the cosplay Caliphate. Ever noticed why it’s a bit like The Lord of the Rings?”

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So jihad is about poetry and isn’t about principles confined to Muslims?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 14, 2015


This, the morning after the Paris carnage, may seem like a dreadful time to be talking about jihad. The whole concept sounds so murderous! But it isn’t really, not in its proper form. In her eponymous new book contextualizing 21st century jihad, Elisabeth Kendall explains that it is not quite what self-proclaimed jihadists and the … Continue reading “So jihad is about poetry and isn’t about principles confined to Muslims?”

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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