Stripping Shamima Begum of her citizenship is a foolish move for Britain

by Rashmee

Posted on February 19, 2019 / The Independent


Is Britain any safer now that Shamima Begum’s citizenship has been revoked? The answer has to be ‘no’. Remorse or not, there should never have been any question about whether Shamima Begum of Bethnal Green would be allowed back into Britain. Certainly, so drastic a measure as to revoke her British citizenship reflects poorly on … Continue reading “Stripping Shamima Begum of her citizenship is a foolish move for Britain”

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Is social media getting too much blame when things go wrong?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 29, 2018


Elections. The Arab Spring. Racism. Populism. Rumours, vile as they come. Hatred towards ‘the other’. Social media is now routinely identified as the key driver of almost everything. And its influence is not just seen to throw up negative tsunamis. Book sales, charity fundraisers, GoFundMe campaigns, missing person notifications, traffic reports, solidarity with cities that … Continue reading “Is social media getting too much blame when things go wrong?”

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Outlaw hero? How else to explain 16-year-old Linda Wenzel’s adventures with ISIS?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 21, 2017


The German teenager stole money from her parents and secretly left her peaceful little town near Dresden to live with ISIS for a whole year. She was recently rounded up in the extremist’s group fallen capital, Mosul, along with a couple dozen jihadists. Why is everyone so surprised? Linda Wenzel was 15 when she left … Continue reading “Outlaw hero? How else to explain 16-year-old Linda Wenzel’s adventures with ISIS?”

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Clearer skies over the Maghreb? No. Airstrikes aren’t a strategy

by Rashmee

Posted on February 22, 2016


It’s a brighter weekend than before here in the Maghreb. Supposedly. Ten degrees Celsius in Tunis. The Tunisian capital is supposedly safer. American airstrikes on an ISIL camp in Libya hit a 60-strong group of foreign fighters and Noureddine Chouchane, a senior Tunisian operative in the terrorist group, is thought to have been among those … Continue reading “Clearer skies over the Maghreb? No. Airstrikes aren’t a strategy”

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The US and its repeated flip-flop on Syrian Question and how to fight Isil

by Rashmee

Posted on December 7, 2015


Are you as confused as everyone else about America’s view of the Syrian Question? Here are the last week’s developments, in a nutshell. Let’s see if anyone can keep up: ** US secretary of State John Kerry has called for regional boots on the ground, ie Syrian and Arab troops to take on Isil but … Continue reading “The US and its repeated flip-flop on Syrian Question and how to fight Isil”

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Molenbeek’s problems are not new and they show up dysfunction of Belgian state

by Rashmee

Posted on November 24, 2015


Tim King, Politico’s Brussels sketchwriter, offers an interesting reflection on Molenbeek, the suburb that has become the focus of the investigation into the November 13 Paris attacks. News that Molenbeek was implicated “didn’t shock many of us who live in the Belgian capital,” he wrote, describing the range of emotions felt by residents and radio … Continue reading “Molenbeek’s problems are not new and they show up dysfunction of Belgian state”

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As with the Mafia, starving jihadi groups of money is not at all easy

by Rashmee

Posted on December 16, 2014


Speaking of the Mafia’s skillful financial management, as detailed by The Economist seven years ago, the BBC’s new study on jihadist groups muses on the crucial nature of funding. This has always been known, as it quotes Cicero’s wise observation that “the sinews of war [are] a limitless supply of money.” The BBC writes that … Continue reading “As with the Mafia, starving jihadi groups of money is not at all easy”

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Jihadist groups are the new Mafia in their use of the wages of crime

by Rashmee

Posted on December 15, 2014


The BBC is running a big study on jihad – its toll, its cost and funding sources. (Click here to read the feature.) On Friday, December 12, the BBC came up with this line: “Islamic State is ‘probably the best-funded terrorist organisation’ the US has ever confronted”. It went on to say that jihadist groups … Continue reading “Jihadist groups are the new Mafia in their use of the wages of crime”

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Why the CIA torture report might remind you of a certain jihadist group

by Rashmee

Posted on December 14, 2014


“The Senate’s torture report says a CIA operative held a cordless electric drill to the body of a top al Qaeda suspect and turned it on,” wrote Elias Groll in Foreign Policy after the US Senate published its summary. (Click here to read my piece on the subject). Reading that dreadful account reminded me of … Continue reading “Why the CIA torture report might remind you of a certain jihadist group”

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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