How extremism has hijacked the UK election

by Rashmee

Posted on June 8, 2017 / The National


Britain votes today with the shadow of terrorism hanging darkly over it. Ditto France, as it goes to the polls the following two Sundays to elect members of parliament. In the countdown to Germany’s federal election in September, there are very real and justified fears of attacks. How could it be any different? This has … Continue reading “How extremism has hijacked the UK election”

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Was the Brexit vote a sign of radicalization? A jihad for the very soul of Britain?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 3, 2017


Was the Brexit vote a sign of self radicalization? A self-brutalising attempt to take care of one’s own community, whatever that may be, in an age of mobility and ceaseless change? Yes, even though that might sound rather extreme. According to Marc Sageman, a psychiatrist and former CIA case officer, communities aren’t enablers or facilitators of … Continue reading “Was the Brexit vote a sign of radicalization? A jihad for the very soul of Britain?”

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A simple solution to the fight against extremism

by Rashmee

Posted on October 27, 2016 / The National


Last week, the Muslim Council of Britain, which describes itself as an independent non-sectarian umbrella body of more than 500 domestic affiliates, voiced a powerfully simple idea. The MCB said it would fight extremism with a scheme that would focus on one message and one message alone: no violence. That’s right. No violence. Ever. The … Continue reading “A simple solution to the fight against extremism”

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Can European culture prevent ISIL recruitment?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 22, 2016 / The National


On both sides of the Atlantic, the fight against radicalisation is evolving in unexpected ways. In the United States, a federal judge is considering whether convicted home-grown ISIL supporters can be put on a deradicalisation programme rather than clapped in jail. In Italy, the government is handing out €500 (Dh2,043) of free money to 18-year-olds … Continue reading “Can European culture prevent ISIL recruitment?”

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Is Hillary Clinton on to something with Minnesota’s Somali-Americans

by Rashmee

Posted on December 21, 2015


Mrs Clinton has been talking about Isil and how to fight terrorism yet again – her third speech on the subject in less than a month – and this time, she actually said something interesting. She spoke in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota, a state that is home to the largest Somali population in … Continue reading “Is Hillary Clinton on to something with Minnesota’s Somali-Americans”

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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