You can bash Boris Johnson for many things. But only if he said them

by Rashmee

Posted on September 4, 2019 / Quartz


Boris Johnson’s first Prime Minister’s Questions session after his humiliating parliamentary defeat confirmed something researchers proved to be true some years ago: People don’t often read a lot of what they criticize. Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, the British parliament’s first turbaned Sikh MP, won a round of applause from his Labour Party colleagues, as well as … Continue reading “You can bash Boris Johnson for many things. But only if he said them”

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Was it really a big year for Arab women? Yes and it raises the bar for 2018

by Rashmee

Posted on December 29, 2017


  When people talk about 2017 being a good year for Arab women they normally point to Saudi Arabia’s decision to lift the driving ban. That was eye-catching. But there’s a great deal more. In Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon, there was a massive boost to women’s right to be safe from physical, mental and emotional … Continue reading “Was it really a big year for Arab women? Yes and it raises the bar for 2018”

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What Singapore’s hijab-wearing first woman president tells us about that efficient city-state

by Rashmee

Posted on September 15, 2017


Speak to an Indian, a Brit or an American about Singapore and listen to them get all sniffy. “Great success story,” they will acknowledge, “but it’s not exactly democratic, is it?” The Indian, the Brit or the American may end their comment on Singapore with a question mark but depend on it, it’s not a question. … Continue reading “What Singapore’s hijab-wearing first woman president tells us about that efficient city-state”

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French Riviera’s burqini ban: Don’t-show-so-we-don’t-know that you’re Muslim

by Rashmee

Posted on August 15, 2016


What does banning the burqini in Cannes and Villeneuve-Loubet, two resorts on the French Riviera, accomplish? It might, as Villeneuve-Loubet’s mayor has said, help with hygiene issues, or at least France’s traditional perception of what constitutes sanitary swimwear. This is a country that has long believed men should wear “Speedo” style bathing suits rather than … Continue reading “French Riviera’s burqini ban: Don’t-show-so-we-don’t-know that you’re Muslim”

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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