Incarcerating jihadists ‘forever’ could run into logistical quicksand

by Rashmee

Posted on February 9, 2020 / The Arab Weekly


It’s a conundrum. There may not be a single solution to the threat of terrorists re-offending. Britain has declared a war on terrorists. It is only marginally better than US President George W. Bush’s “war on terror.” Unlike the United States, which has fought since 9/11 against an abstract noun, Britain will wage war against … Continue reading “Incarcerating jihadists ‘forever’ could run into logistical quicksand”

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Does Britain believe in deradicalisation anymore?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 9, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


The real question should be the effectiveness of the British model of deradicalisation. Thus far, it has largely revolved around challenging extremists’ religious ideology. The truly tragic fallout of the November 29 London Bridge knife attack by Usman Khan, a man who had served time in prison for terrorist offences, must be considered in two … Continue reading “Does Britain believe in deradicalisation anymore?”

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Trump claims the US knows ‘exactly who’ the new ISIS leader is. Really?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 6, 2019


Donald Trump said the US knows “exactly who” the new ISIS leader is. If so, it’s not letting on. In fact, when the extremist group named Abu Ibrahim Al Hashemi Al Quraishi as Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi’s successor, security experts across the world had just one question: who is he? The announcement, on Halloween, threw … Continue reading “Trump claims the US knows ‘exactly who’ the new ISIS leader is. Really?”

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Bad jihadists make for good politics

by Rashmee

Posted on August 25, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


No Western politician wants to be responsible for bringing potentially dangerous radicals home and he or she will say it as loudly as possible. The unsurprising thing about the Jack Letts case is that Britain isn’t taking the Oxford-born-and-bred former Islamic State fighter return. What’s surprising is the bitter public row that erupted between close … Continue reading “Bad jihadists make for good politics”

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The white jihadist peril is with us

by Rashmee

Posted on August 17, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


White nationalism is seen to be validated by the rhetoric of powerful politicians, not least the US president, Hungary’s prime minister and Italy’s deputy prime minister. After the thwarted gun attack August 10 on a mosque in Norway, an American cartoon from a few days earlier seems acutely perceptive and seriously unfunny. “Can you step … Continue reading “The white jihadist peril is with us”

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Trump’s security plan sees Middle East as dark, dangerous place

by Rashmee

Posted on December 24, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


The starkest of the many surprises in US Presi­dent Donald Trump’s National Security Strat­egy (NSS) is its unremit­tingly bleak, unseeing view of the Middle East. It’s a surprise only because one might have thought nearly a year as US president might have recalibrated Trump’s worldview. It hasn’t. Throughout the 55-page document, the Middle East is … Continue reading “Trump’s security plan sees Middle East as dark, dangerous place”

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The art of labelling: What is politics that’s not quite left and not quite right? ‘Light’

by Rashmee

Posted on May 24, 2017


What on earth do you call a far-right politician who speaks for working-class concerns? Would that be “light”, a portmanteau of left and right? Someone who’s not quite left and not quite right might be “light”, n’est-ce pas? Or how about this handy list of likely terminology from Justin Fox @foxjust of Bloomberg View. Click … Continue reading “The art of labelling: What is politics that’s not quite left and not quite right? ‘Light’”

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What’s got a jazzy label and is confusing? The new politics of our age – Part I

by Rashmee

Posted on May 17, 2017


The politics of our time is neither one thing nor the other. A far-right French politician (Marine Le Pen) could credibly pose as a spokesperson for some working class voters. A Hindu nationalist free-marketeer (Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi) can take policy positions better suited to class warfare. A racist and bigoted US President (Donald … Continue reading “What’s got a jazzy label and is confusing? The new politics of our age – Part I”

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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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Italy starts giving 18-year-olds free money: Counter-terrorism and the culture wars

by Rashmee

Posted on September 14, 2016


I kid you not. From tomorrow, September 15, the Italian government will give 575,000 young people who turn 18 this year €500 each. Just like that. They won’t see it as bank notes, of course, but it still comes to just under $600 or £428.28 per head. Quartz has calculated that the free money will … Continue reading “Italy starts giving 18-year-olds free money: Counter-terrorism and the culture wars”

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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