The war for Libya is not what it seems

by Rashmee

Posted on July 15, 2020 / The Focus


The war for Libya is getting hot again. The country’s eastern-based parliament has said it would “welcome” Egyptian military intervention in the civil war. The Libyan Parliament’s green light for outside meddling is supposed to be an attempt to end yet another country, Turkey, meddling in its affairs. Turkey has been supplying military hardware as … Continue reading “The war for Libya is not what it seems”

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Shed a tear or two for the funny business underway in El Sisi’s Egypt

by Rashmee

Posted on February 16, 2019


It’s funny (in a profoundly sad way) how little the world is talking about the new constitutional amendments in Egypt. While Donald Trump’s America is apoplectic about the democratic deficit in Venezuela and Iran, state capture, as South Africans called it in a different context, is underway in Egypt. The military is restored as Egypt’s … Continue reading “Shed a tear or two for the funny business underway in El Sisi’s Egypt”

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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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Hype or not, El Sisi’s Egypt has a problem with do-nothing govt officials

by Rashmee

Posted on August 10, 2015


Never mind the hype, Egypt has a decided problem with its do-little, progress-nothing, take-a-lot bureaucratic culture. While I was in Cairo, I talked at length to one of the country’s leading businessmen, a pillar of the community, a confidante of President Abdel Fatteh El Sisi, a serial entrepreneur who made a success of most of … Continue reading “Hype or not, El Sisi’s Egypt has a problem with do-nothing govt officials”

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Egypt’s all-night Tahrir Sq party: Right now, it’s all about highs, not headaches

by Rashmee

Posted on August 9, 2015


We zipped through Tahrir Square at 5 o’clock on Friday morning (August 7) on our way to the airport and the Suez 2.0 party seemed to have continued all night. The square was still solid with people – not women anymore, mainly young men – and the ground was littered with plastic bottles and paper … Continue reading “Egypt’s all-night Tahrir Sq party: Right now, it’s all about highs, not headaches”

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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