‘Sell city, buy country’? The pandemic won’t empty London, NYC

by Rashmee

Posted on May 14, 2020


Some very clever people are writing off cities. Not altogether, but quite substantially. Consider a new piece in Politico magazine by Parag Khanna, bestselling author and managing partner of the data and scenario-based strategic global advisory firm FutureMap. The pandemic “may cause fundamental shifts in our human geography,” Mr Khanna writes. “Why choose to stay in a … Continue reading “‘Sell city, buy country’? The pandemic won’t empty London, NYC”

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Even a pandemic can’t stop the desperate flow of refugees to Europe

by Rashmee

Posted on April 19, 2020 / The Arab Weekly


In the circumstances, an EU humanitarian package might serve as a band aid but not much more. In the weeks since the World Health Organisation declared a pandemic, it’s become clear that the outbreak of disease can paralyse national economies but not the flight of desperate people across the Mediterranean to apparent safety. How else … Continue reading “Even a pandemic can’t stop the desperate flow of refugees to Europe”

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In Vienna, it’s yesterday once more

by Rashmee

Posted on January 13, 2020


Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s chancellor, is proof that political leopards don’t change their spots even when they swap out a far-right coalition partner for one on the left. In his first interview with the international media since taking office after re-election, Mr Kurz was talking a familiar poisonous line. He described illegal immigrants as a threat … Continue reading “In Vienna, it’s yesterday once more”

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Europe does battle again with the demons of migration

by Rashmee

Posted on October 6, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Direct investment in countries that produce the most migrants is a strategically smart idea. A new migration plan soon goes before EU ministers. It’s already been agreed to in principle by Finland, France, Germany, Italy and Malta, all of which said they would automatically accept an equitable share of migrants rescued at sea. German Interior … Continue reading “Europe does battle again with the demons of migration”

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Europe’s asylum policies are arbitrary and set a bad example

by Rashmee

Posted on September 8, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


The new Europe — its president, commission and parliament — needs to resolve the issue — a tall order — or at least defuse some of its political explosiveness. In the weeks until she takes charge as president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and her transition team have been trying to work … Continue reading “Europe’s asylum policies are arbitrary and set a bad example”

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A tale of two protests

by Rashmee

Posted on December 20, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


What happened in Brussels and Budapest on December 18 was about immigration and its real or imagined consequences. The portents of events in Budapest should dismay everyone, including Hungary’s strongman Viktor Orban. In Brussels, 5,000 right-wing protesters took to the streets in protest of the government’s decision to sign the platitudinous, non-binding and wholly unenforceable … Continue reading “A tale of two protests”

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The migration compact doesn’t help a fraught debate

by Rashmee

Posted on December 16, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


It’s being billed as the first international deal on the migration crisis but it’s not really an agreement to do much of anything. The UN Global Compact for Migration, the formal name for the document adopted December 11 in Marrakech, makes several declaratory statements. It also offers many sweeping suggestions but the compact does not … Continue reading “The migration compact doesn’t help a fraught debate”

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Now we need to understand what the Swedish election results really mean

by Rashmee

Posted on September 12, 2018 / The National


Until it was over and almost all the results counted, the Swedish election was being painted in morbidly bleak tones. Its most emotive talking points — immigration, integration, identity, religion — were said to continue a familiar ­European theme that showed the continent as increasingly lost. Lost to Enlightenment values and globally focused humanitarianism, to all good sense and … Continue reading “Now we need to understand what the Swedish election results really mean”

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Is Tripoli the place to watch re. Europe’s ‘disembarkation platforms’?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 2, 2018


Anyone who believed the guff that came out of Brussels on Friday morning probably regards the tooth fairy as a serious force in world affairs. The European Union summit of June 28-29 agreed a massive fudge in place of a plan that could be reasonably implemented. That’s not because EU leaders are incompetent and didn’t … Continue reading “Is Tripoli the place to watch re. Europe’s ‘disembarkation platforms’?”

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Signposts of a changing world order?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 30, 2018


Are there any signposts along the way when a world order changes? Yes. Consider two examples from just the past eight months. On June 29, member states of a United Nations migration agency (IOM) rejected US President Donald Trump’s nominee for director general, repudiating 67 years of American control of the organisation. In November, India’s … Continue reading “Signposts of a changing world order?”

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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