Trump’s immigration ban is troubling but not as much as his fulminations on mosques

by Rashmee

Posted on April 26, 2020 / The Arab Weekly


Pitching mosques into the febrile atmosphere of a world shut down by a pandemic merely feeds grievance politics, possibly taking it to dangerous heights. What’s the point of Donald Trump’s new immigration ban? Just like his decision to ban Muslims from entering the US three years ago, Trump’s new, temporary immigration restriction lacks both sense … Continue reading “Trump’s immigration ban is troubling but not as much as his fulminations on mosques”

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Walls are as much a state of mind as they are physical structures

by Rashmee

Posted on January 9, 2019 / The National


The US government shutdown has been caused by a divisive symbol of a notional security threat The US government shutdown, now in its third week, is ostensibly over a physical wall, president Donald Trump’s proposed “beautiful” border separating the US from Mexico. In reality, what Mr Trump wants to build is not just a physical … Continue reading “Walls are as much a state of mind as they are physical structures”

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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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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK