Mr Trump’s new wealth test for legal immigrants should’ve come from US Congress

by Rashmee

Posted on August 13, 2019


Before anyone gets overly outraged by Donald Trump’s new broader assault on the US immigration system, consider the following: ** many countries, not least in the western world, deny non-citizen permanent residents the right to rely on the public purse ** Britain is one such country ** in itself, Mr Trump’s new rule is not … Continue reading “Mr Trump’s new wealth test for legal immigrants should’ve come from US Congress”

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Watching Big America club little Mexico on the head

by Rashmee

Posted on June 12, 2019


There’s something profoundly disturbing about watching Donald Trump’s America club little Mexico on the head. It’s very upsetting to hear Mr Trump subsequently strut around – a big, fat bully with a big, fat mouth – while little Mexico humbly sucks up the humiliation and thanks Mr Trump for the pleasure. I’ve been thinking a … Continue reading “Watching Big America club little Mexico on the head”

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Walls are as much a state of mind as they are physical structures

by Rashmee

Posted on January 9, 2019 / The National


The US government shutdown has been caused by a divisive symbol of a notional security threat The US government shutdown, now in its third week, is ostensibly over a physical wall, president Donald Trump’s proposed “beautiful” border separating the US from Mexico. In reality, what Mr Trump wants to build is not just a physical … Continue reading “Walls are as much a state of mind as they are physical structures”

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Trump turns hate words into icons

by Rashmee

Posted on October 28, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


US President Donald Trump and his administration are playing an insidious word association game with the American people days before the midterm elections. “Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners,” Trump said of a migrant caravan heading towards the United States’ southern border. “Terrorists or suspected terrorists… Middle East region,” repeated US Vice-President Mike Pence when discussing … Continue reading “Trump turns hate words into icons”

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Ethiopia, UAE and Bangladesh: Sanctuary from the heart?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 26, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Something quite remarkable with respect to refugees may be quietly under way in parts of the non-Western developing world. The Ethiopian government has assured Eritrean refugees they would not be forced to return to their country now that a peace deal has been signed to end the 20-year state of war. International law gives the … Continue reading “Ethiopia, UAE and Bangladesh: Sanctuary from the heart?”

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What to make of a migrant who doesn’t learn her new country’s language properly?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 25, 2018


Here’s a woman who came into a western country, worked, got naturalized, married, bore a child, and 22 years later, still speaks halting English, with a strong foreign accent. What’s her name? Magda? Maha? Mina? Mehbooba? Marium? Madeeha? Mallika? Actually, it’s Melania. Mrs Trump. The US First Lady. Had a Magda, Maha, Mina, Mehbooba, Marium … Continue reading “What to make of a migrant who doesn’t learn her new country’s language properly?”

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With John Bolton, Trump administration’s competence matches its malevolence

by Rashmee

Posted on March 24, 2018


  In January 2017, Benjamin Wittes, editor of Lawfare blog, created a memorable word template for the new Trump administration. Its malevolence, he wrote, is mitigated only by its incompetence. Mr Wittes was writing in the context of President Trump’s Executive Order on visas and refugees. It had been unveiled brashly, but with a decided … Continue reading “With John Bolton, Trump administration’s competence matches its malevolence”

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Good actions can be bad politics as Germany shows

by Rashmee

Posted on November 26, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Until late on No­vember 19, no one really thought that being a Good Samaritan would make for bad poli­tics. Would a leader who acted humanely be unjustly rewarded with political perdition? Then, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s seven-week attempts to cobble together a governing coalition fell apart. And the unspoken truth became clear: Good actions are … Continue reading “Good actions can be bad politics as Germany shows”

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Italy goes its own way on migrants. EU works as trading bloc and not much more

by Rashmee

Posted on September 21, 2017


I’m pro-European in the sense that I’m in favour of collaboration between the nations and peoples of the world. But, I ask you, is the European Union (EU) good for much more than serving as a trade bloc? And to enable the quick passage across borders of EU passport-holders? This is a good question considering … Continue reading “Italy goes its own way on migrants. EU works as trading bloc and not much more”

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Europe must be integrated society, almost everyone must be ‘a potential friend’

by Rashmee

Posted on April 26, 2016


David Goodhart, arguably, is the only one to articulate a sensible definition of integration (of Muslims and other immigrants) into the West. “One appealing definition of an integrated society,” he recently wrote in The Daily Telegraph, “is one in which almost everyone is a potential friend.” It is a profound – and profoundly true – … Continue reading “Europe must be integrated society, almost everyone must be ‘a potential friend’”

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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