How Suleimani’s death will affect India and Pakistan

by Rashmee

Posted on January 6, 2020 / The National


To properly consider the possible fallout of Friday’s targeted US strike on Qassem Suleimani, of Iran’s elite Quds Force, disregard the tub-thumping rhetoric from Washington and the ominous rumblings from Tehran. Listen instead for the sound of silences within disparate countries’ statements on the situation. Consider the responses offered by South Asia’s nuclear-armed neighbours, India … Continue reading “How Suleimani’s death will affect India and Pakistan”

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Trump claims the US knows ‘exactly who’ the new ISIS leader is. Really?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 6, 2019


Donald Trump said the US knows “exactly who” the new ISIS leader is. If so, it’s not letting on. In fact, when the extremist group named Abu Ibrahim Al Hashemi Al Quraishi as Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi’s successor, security experts across the world had just one question: who is he? The announcement, on Halloween, threw … Continue reading “Trump claims the US knows ‘exactly who’ the new ISIS leader is. Really?”

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Christchurch to Colombo: The unseen arc?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 28, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


The fact a Christchurch-Colombo connection was made by a Sri Lankan government minister raises a terrible prospect. After the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, former CIA Director Michael Morell offered a dismal assessment of the state of the world. There are, he said, at least triple the number of Islamist extremists today than there … Continue reading “Christchurch to Colombo: The unseen arc?”

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White extremism could be the plotline for a Hollywood blockbuster

by Rashmee

Posted on April 14, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


The United States has a serious problem with white nationalist extremism, one so acute that lawmakers can’t even talk about it, let alone seek law-and-order solutions. Consider the April 9 US congressional committee hearing on the rise of white nationalism. It was called as an expression of genuine concern about the rise of white supremacist … Continue reading “White extremism could be the plotline for a Hollywood blockbuster”

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Brand New Zealand?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 29, 2019


New Zealand’s immigration agency has said that registrations of interest to live and work in New Zealand — the first step toward applying for a visa — had increased in the 10 days after the March 15 attack on two mosques, compared with the 10 days leading up to it. According to a statement from … Continue reading “Brand New Zealand?”

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White nationalism is a global problem

by Rashmee

Posted on March 25, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the world’s response to the terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques should not be “in terms of boundaries… I would make that a global call.” She is right. Ethno-nationalist terrorism is as global a problem as jihadism. Militant white nationalism and militant Islamism affect people across the planet — just … Continue reading “White nationalism is a global problem”

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After Christchurch, the world must recognise that white males can be terrorists too

by Rashmee

Posted on March 19, 2019 / The National


The far-right is responsible for a huge proportion of extremist killings in the West. Yet these acts are rarely described as what they are. This must stop now Within hours of the Christchurch massacre, a question was posed on Twitter: “What term should be used for white male terrorism?” It sounded like an innocent enough query, … Continue reading “After Christchurch, the world must recognise that white males can be terrorists too”

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Amid all the turmoil, peace could break out between India and Pakistan

by Rashmee

Posted on March 4, 2019 / The National


Recent weeks have been tumultuous, but from out of the clamour, sober voices with no appetite for war can be clearly heard Fighting between India and Pakistan hasn’t stopped entirely but the threat of nuclear war has receded for the moment. On Saturday, heavy shelling and a dozen deaths of civilians and soldiers were reported along … Continue reading “Amid all the turmoil, peace could break out between India and Pakistan”

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Revoking citizenship is not an answer to ISIS returnee question

by Rashmee

Posted on February 24, 2019


Britain has answered US President Donald Trump’s call for European countries to take back their nationals from among the 800 Islamic State (ISIS) fighters captured in Syria. Britain deprived Shamima Begum, the teenage wife of a Dutch ISIS fighter, of her citizenship. In the process, the United Kingdom may have created a bigger problem than … Continue reading “Revoking citizenship is not an answer to ISIS returnee question”

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Message from Mohammed bin Salman visit: It is Pakistan first

by Rashmee

Posted on February 23, 2019 / First Post


The Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to New Delhi was historic, but perhaps only for the frankness with which Mohammed bin Salman never even pretended he was on the same page as India with respect to Pakistan. MBS, as the Crown Prince is known, courteously stood by and listened as Prime Minister Narendra Modi made reference … Continue reading “Message from Mohammed bin Salman visit: It is Pakistan first”

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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