If we want to save Britain from its post-Brexit economic fate, we should support Theresa May’s investment in Africa

by Rashmee

Posted on August 28, 2018 / The Independent


Theresa May has joined in a new scramble for Africa but this one is neither wholly European nor intentionally and hideously opaque as in centuries past. In fact, May is pretty upfront about Britain’s hopes and aims in Africa, as she visits the continent’s three largest economies — South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Brexit Britain, which has … Continue reading “If we want to save Britain from its post-Brexit economic fate, we should support Theresa May’s investment in Africa”

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Tunisia on my mind

by Rashmee

Posted on August 16, 2018


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1,400 years before Trump the wall was celebrated as a beautiful way to feel secure

by Rashmee

Posted on February 25, 2017


The idea of walls – Donald Trump’s proposed “beautiful” build along Mexico; Israel’s 708-km separator from the West Bank; Tunisia’s barrier of sand banks and water trenches along its border with Libya – can be pretty comforting. Nearly 1,400 years ago, when the Umayyads had established the first Muslim caliphate, they started to construct walled … Continue reading “1,400 years before Trump the wall was celebrated as a beautiful way to feel secure”

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The Russians are coming but it’s still not reason enough for Tunisia to cheer loud and long

by Rashmee

Posted on August 18, 2016


They were unmistakable in the lower-ground lobby of the Movenpick hotel in Sousse. The light-skinned blond family of three with their protruding broad-tipped noses and slightly curly hair. The woman, who was probably in her mid to late 30s, was dark blonde. The man had thickset shoulders and heavy brows. There were shades of ash-brown … Continue reading “The Russians are coming but it’s still not reason enough for Tunisia to cheer loud and long”

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Tunisia’s new direction is anything but clear

by Rashmee

Posted on August 4, 2016 / The National


Like an insect caught in amber, Tunisia is a country trapped in a slogan and its newest political theatre seems to be of a piece with that permanently aspirational status. On Sunday, the birthplace of the Arab Spring removed its prime minister by means of a parliamentary vote, hailing the process as a political first … Continue reading “Tunisia’s new direction is anything but clear”

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#Brexit: Mujahideen gallows humour & Egypt’s Bassem Youssef on empire

by Rashmee

Posted on June 27, 2016


Here’s a post-Brexit message from one radical Islamist to another. Transmitted via Telegram, a cloud-based instant messaging service, the note is funny enough to make anyone almost like these fellows: “The mujahideen will keep their cells in UK separate from EU in respect of #Brexit”. Who would’ve thought that “the mujahideen” would have a sense of humour? It … Continue reading “#Brexit: Mujahideen gallows humour & Egypt’s Bassem Youssef on empire”

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So Libya’s UN-backed unity govt sneak-sailed into Tripoli from Tunisia

by Rashmee

Posted on April 2, 2016


It’s good to know that Fayez Al Sarraj, prime minister of Libya’s UN-backed unity government, has managed to get out and about a bit, making a public appearance at a mosque in Tripoli on Friday. It’s a slight advance on the news from just a few days ago, when Mr Al Sarraj  finally managed to … Continue reading “So Libya’s UN-backed unity govt sneak-sailed into Tripoli from Tunisia”

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T is for tinned tuna though Tunisia has a long coast and lots of fresh fish

by Rashmee

Posted on September 11, 2015


What is it about Tunisians and tins of tuna? I’ve seen giant ones in the supermarkets, the sort that can take a kg of the stuff. It was the size of a brick – a round one that could conceivably be used as a doorstop. Till you opened it and consumed it. For Tunisians, that … Continue reading “T is for tinned tuna though Tunisia has a long coast and lots of fresh fish”

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Marche Central and the traditional market before the age of refrigeration

by Rashmee

Posted on August 17, 2015


The Marche Central in Tunis is one of the world’s more distinctive old traditional markets. They go by different names in different parts of the world, obviously. And historically, they served as both supermarche and information exchange before the age of refrigeration. La Merced Market in Mexico City is in an area that has been associated … Continue reading “Marche Central and the traditional market before the age of refrigeration”

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Jihadism for export & Tunisia has other problem isms, such as elitism

by Rashmee

Posted on November 1, 2014


What does the victory of the secularist Nidaa Tounis party signify for Tunisia’s steady stream of jihadi exports to Islamic State? One can only hope that it means a clear-eyed policy to boost economic growth and jobs. The 2,400 Tunisians that the Tunisian authorities admit are currently fighting alongside Islamic State, were lured by the … Continue reading “Jihadism for export & Tunisia has other problem isms, such as elitism”

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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