A Tibetan solution to the Palestinian problem?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 16, 2019


  No one talks much about Tibet anymore. I mean about Tibet, as a sovereign state, or even, as the Dalai Lama once proposed, an autonomous region. China doesn’t like such talk and China is too powerful to cross. And no one talks much about Palestine anymore. I mean about Palestine as a sovereign state. … Continue reading “A Tibetan solution to the Palestinian problem?”

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A tale of two elections: Israel, 2019; US, 2020 – Part II

by Rashmee

Posted on April 8, 2019


While US President Donald Trump will run for re-election in 2020 on a solidly pro-Israel platform, the campaign overall is still likely to generate some heat (and light?) on the Palestinian issue. Consider what’s happening already with the large numbers of Democratic candidates who’ve thrown their hat into the ring. Not too long ago, Beto … Continue reading “A tale of two elections: Israel, 2019; US, 2020 – Part II”

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A tale of two elections: Israel 2019, US 2020

by Rashmee

Posted on March 31, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Israel’s election campaign went to Washington on March 25, big time. Both front runners for the April 9 poll — incumbent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his challenger Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party — made high-profile appearances in the American capital. Netanyahu met with his buddy and political benefactor US President Donald Trump at the White … Continue reading “A tale of two elections: Israel 2019, US 2020”

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2019 may be a happier new year than before for Palestinians

by Rashmee

Posted on January 6, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Prediction is a mug’s game but there is a reasonable chance 2019 will be a rather better year for Palestinians than the previous two. For starters, US President Donald Trump may unveil his much-hyped “Deal of the Century.” On February 8, the British parliament is to debate official recognition of Palestinian statehood. The new year … Continue reading “2019 may be a happier new year than before for Palestinians”

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Trump’s America has a foreign policy Talleyrand would boil down to one word: ‘No’

by Rashmee

Posted on August 28, 2018


Five separate events over the past few days have come together to create a better picture of US foreign policy than we had until now. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s fourth visit to North Korea this year has been called off in an indication that the denuclearization process is not going well. The new … Continue reading “Trump’s America has a foreign policy Talleyrand would boil down to one word: ‘No’”

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Rashida Tlaib tells a ‘beautiful story of America’

by Rashmee

Posted on August 12, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


After Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic Party’s nomination for the US House of Representatives in Michigan on August 7, three descriptors were used over and over to explain the significance of the moment: She’s Muslim, she’s Palestinian, she’s Arab American. Additionally, the breathless commentary went, Tlaib is on course to become the first Muslim congresswoman … Continue reading “Rashida Tlaib tells a ‘beautiful story of America’”

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Can a poem be as deadly as a tank?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 5, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


A poem has certainly never stopped a tank, Nobel literature laureate Seamus Heaney once wrote, but the Israeli government seems to disagree. It appears to believe there is a mighty combustible charge contained within a poem and that the poet is rather like a tank commander. On July 31, Arab-Israeli Dareen Tatour was convicted for … Continue reading “Can a poem be as deadly as a tank?”

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Tis well to remember: The long shadow cast by France on Syria

by Rashmee

Posted on July 6, 2018


To many people, Syria spells no more than a long-running civil war, a dangerously internationalising multi-sided skirmish and the tiresome but troubling threat of ever more refugees. But British Arabist Diana Darke’s book, ‘The Merchant of Syria: A History of Survival’, is worth reading if only to re-focus on a few key points about Syria. … Continue reading “Tis well to remember: The long shadow cast by France on Syria”

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A controversial take on ‘nakba’, Palestinians’ displacement: end it in the mind

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2018


  “Reading makes immigrants of us all,” the novelist Jean Rhys once said. “It takes us away from home, but more important it finds homes for us everywhere.” Rhys could be said to know something of displacement. She was born in the Caribbean but left in her teens to live mainly in England. Not much … Continue reading “A controversial take on ‘nakba’, Palestinians’ displacement: end it in the mind”

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Hundreds of Palestinian Gandhis and Rosa Parks must stand and sit on principle

by Rashmee

Posted on December 13, 2017


There is only one course available to Palestinians now. They must adopt non-violent resistance. Hundreds of Mohandas Gandhis and Rosa Parks must stand and sit on principle, demanding justice from the oppressor. The Palestinian Gandhis and Parks have to stand their ground as they seek equal political and civil rights from Israel. There is no … Continue reading “Hundreds of Palestinian Gandhis and Rosa Parks must stand and sit on principle”

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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