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 China – one has to ask if the US president actually rather likes the world’s last totalitarian state and its oddly-coiffured leader. Why, you might ask. How could a 70-year-old American man who has spent all his life in a … Continue reading “Trump Jong Un: Does The Donald secretly rather like North Korea and its autocratic leader?”

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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 Party presidential candidate Donald Trump enjoys the support of a mixed bag of foreign leaders, not least in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Mostly, they could be put in the “basket of deplorables” category, which Democratic Party … Continue reading “Why Trump has fans in the Middle East”

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Will New New Cairo be a case of Pharaonic overreach by Mr El Sisi?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 11, 2015


Those who’ve been to Old Cairo and New Cairo know the gargantuan problems that might be stored up in the New New Cairo. There are just two words to say in this respect: Pharaonic overreach. The new city, which Mr El Sisi plans to build with $45 billions in investment, some 45 km out of … Continue reading “Will New New Cairo be a case of Pharaonic overreach by Mr El Sisi?”

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Coup vs revolution: Words that no longer seem to matter for El Sisi’s Egypt

by Rashmee

Posted on June 9, 2015


You say coup, I say revolution. No longer. But that was the case on July 3, 2013, when Egypt’s military chief Abdel Fatah El Sisi went on TV to read the statement that ended elected President Mohamed Morsi’s one-year tenure. Words are powerful political tools but the linguistic conundrum over coup and revolution seems to be … Continue reading “Coup vs revolution: Words that no longer seem to matter for El Sisi’s Egypt”

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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