Bitcoin is the new hawala — no more, no less

by Rashmee

Posted on January 8, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


The Egyptians, Saudis, Turks and Lebanese are officially frowning on bitcoin, the cryp­tocurrency or elec­tronic …

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Sufism’s tragedy is how imperfectly it is understood today

by Rashmee

Posted on December 3, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Before Egypt, it was Pakistan. In South Asia’s most populous Muslim country, for more than …

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#Zimbabwe: The coup de Grace that wasn’t. Echoes of Egypt?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 16, 2017


From Harare, capital of Zimbabwe, the country’s generals have been firm about how to read …

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Trump insists on democracy only in left-ruled countries like Venezuela

by Rashmee

Posted on August 12, 2017


So President Donald Trump is threatening a military option for Venezuela. He’s so concerned that …

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Recep the Resolute, Turkey’s new sultan

by Rashmee

Posted on April 23, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Orhan Pamuk, Nobel literature laureate and one of the greatest contempo­rary chroniclers of Istanbul, once …

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Trump Jong Un: Does The Donald secretly rather like North Korea and its autocratic leader?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 15, 2017


Despite President Trump’s increasingly bellicose tweets about dealing with North Korea – with or without …

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Why Trump has fans in the Middle East

by Rashmee

Posted on November 6, 2016 / The Arab Weekly


As election day in the United States fast approaches, it is worth remembering why Republican …

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Things to look forward to in 2016: Fresh secrets of Tutankhamun’s tomb

by Rashmee

Posted on December 22, 2015


It was in November 1922 that archaeologist Howard Carter opened Tutankhamun’s tomb. Mysterious stories swirled …

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An ISIL plane bomb means it’s prepared to be seen as it is: a terrorist group

by Rashmee

Posted on November 7, 2015


Contrary to what everyone may say or fear, hears what an ISIL bomb on a …

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Why Egypt doesn’t want an Africa-style mobile banking revolution

by Rashmee

Posted on October 5, 2015


For all that Egypt is playing up its African-ness, there is one sector where it …

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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