Money talks. Mitch McConnell and corporate America’s First Amendment rights

by Rashmee

Posted on April 9, 2021


/ LANGUAGE I thought the Huffington Post offered the most succinct analysis of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call to corporations to stay out of politics. “Shut up and donate,” said HuffPo’s headline. The strap provided all the other context anyone might need: “Congress’ biggest defender of corporate political speech rights changes his tune.” Quite. … Continue reading “Money talks. Mitch McConnell and corporate America’s First Amendment rights”

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The journalist who wasn’t and other stories

by Rashmee

Posted on April 4, 2021


/ TRAVELS IN MY MIND China’s alleged attempt to fake approval by western journalists is like something out of a rather unbelievable short story. According to reports, Beijing conjured up someone called Laurene Beaumond (see screenshot of her piece on the CGTN site) and described her as a French journalist who had studied at the … Continue reading “The journalist who wasn’t and other stories”

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The West is in agony over the Uighurs but says nothing about Kashmiris

by Rashmee

Posted on September 28, 2020


The West’s agony of concern over the wellbeing of the Uighur Muslims would be so much more believable if it were equally vocal about the Muslims in Kashmir. Consider this. The wider world regularly receives (alarming) news of the Uighurs but little or no information at all, for months on end about the residents of … Continue reading “The West is in agony over the Uighurs but says nothing about Kashmiris”

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Pakistan…Palestine: Sacred vs secular spaces in ummah politics

by Rashmee

Posted on August 29, 2020


  Does the “Arab street” still exist? I mean in the sense of the broad swath of Arab public opinion, passive, non-violent and emotionally attached to the idea of helping Palestinians achieve justice and self-determination. Does the politics of ummah still work? I mean in the sense of Muslim solidarity on certain core issues to … Continue reading “Pakistan…Palestine: Sacred vs secular spaces in ummah politics”

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‘Re-educating’ Chinese Muslims and all of Denmark

by Rashmee

Posted on July 14, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


There is no discernible attempt by Denmark to force Muslims in the country to cease to be Muslim. The “re-education” of Muslims in two different parts of the world — China and Denmark — has come sharply into focus. China’s ambassador to Britain dismissed a BBC report that Muslim children in Xinjiang region are systematically … Continue reading “‘Re-educating’ Chinese Muslims and all of Denmark”

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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