Sunrise in the east?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 22, 2019


China’s infrastructure projects have been heavily scrutinized by the West and eastern competitors such as India, but much less attention has been paid to its attempt to shift the centre of gravity to all of Asia. Last week (May 15, President Xi Jinping hosted the inaugural Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations and in the … Continue reading “Sunrise in the east?”

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Trump could take a leaf from Ibn Khaldun’s book of civilisation

by Rashmee

Posted on December 6, 2017 / The National


Sitting in the Tunisian capital at the end of a politically and socially turbulent year, it feels entirely right and proper to peruse the Muqaddimah, the 14th century tome by the Arab historian Ibn Khaldun. He was a son of Tunis and an itinerant government official of great perspicacity. Ibn Khaldun served as a judge … Continue reading “Trump could take a leaf from Ibn Khaldun’s book of civilisation”

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What is civilisation, Ibn Khaldun, famous son of Tunis, wondered in the 14th century

by Rashmee

Posted on December 2, 2017


Sitting in Tunis it feels entirely right and proper to be perusing ‘The Muqaddimah’, the 14th century history book written by Ibn Khaldun. He was a son of Tunis, and a traveller of great perspicacity and imagination. Ibn Khaldun served as a judge in Cairo and a confidante (of sorts) to Tamerlane (Timur), cruel fearsome … Continue reading “What is civilisation, Ibn Khaldun, famous son of Tunis, wondered in the 14th century”

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Here’s the country Donald Trump, defender of ‘western’ values, urges us to admire

by Rashmee

Posted on July 10, 2017


Poland. “Tough,” Mr Trump called it in Warsaw on Thursday, July 6. Poles, he said, “never forgot who they were.” True. Except for the Polish government’s amnesia about past anti-Semitism, perhaps? And the Polish government’s plans for the country, some of which seem rather un-western (and certainly un-European Union). I mean the Polish government’s approach to … Continue reading “Here’s the country Donald Trump, defender of ‘western’ values, urges us to admire”

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No, Mr Trump, Western civilisation isn’t threatened by terrorism

by Rashmee

Posted on July 9, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


If we allow them to do so, anarchists can intimidate just as much as violent extremists. Both types of disrupters were probably on the minds of those who attended or organised the G20 summit in Germany. The tyranny of the disrupter is worth remembering as the oft-rechristened, US-launched “war on terror” drags into its 17th … Continue reading “No, Mr Trump, Western civilisation isn’t threatened by terrorism”

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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