A Geo-Political Analysis by Eman Nabih, COO, Devenia LTD and Bjorn Solstad, CEO of the same company.
On April 10th, 2023, The Washington Post published a report about President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. In February, he planned to produce 40,000 rockets for Russia and instructed officials to keep production and shipment secret to avoid problems with the West.
Before delving into further details about the rocket issue, we need to first address the recent official statement by the U.S., expressing deep concerns over the shift of some countries from dealing in dollars to local currencies in mutual trade. The U.S. considers this a violation of the rights of its people and has directly threatened countries that adopt this transformation. Of course, all roads lead us to the Ukrainian-Russian war and the subsequent redrawing of new alliances on the world map.
The Discord Leak Credibility
Discord is a chat app for various communities to share and organize information, and you are not anonymous, which making it an unusual platform for sharing sensitive government information. Naturally, this raises questions about the document’s authenticity.
If Washington post is giving themselves the right to claim that this document is true without any proof, then anyone can claim the opposite as well.
Egypt and Russia has already denied the claims about the rockets sales in the leaked document.
Egypt’s Intentions: Arms to Russia?
Now, let’s dive into the matter: Egypt’s alleged intentions to provide arms to Russia amid its war in Ukraine. What could this mean for Egypt, and what are the benefits and consequences?
Egypt has historically maintained a clear policy of neutrality in international conflicts, focusing on maintaining stability within its borders and fostering relationships with various global powers. However, this neutrality does not mean Egypt is unwilling to engage with other countries, especially when it comes to arms deals and military cooperation. But, such engagement is typically framed within the context of military defense cooperation, rather than secret arms deals.
Egypt’s relationship with Russia dates back decades, with both countries sharing various military and economic ties. From arms deals to joint military exercises, Egypt and Russia have long demonstrated a willingness to cooperate on defense-related matters. However, Egypt’s official stance was clear and direct from the beginning of the Ukraine-Russia war: Egypt is completely against the war and supports political negotiations to stop the bloodshed.
Providing arms to Russia could have severe consequences for Egypt, especially concerning its relationships with the United States and Western countries. It’s no secret that the West has been highly critical of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, and any country seen as aiding Russia could face significant backlash.
So, why would Egypt risk and gamble its relationships with the West? It’s essential to consider the broader geopolitical context. Egypt might see an opportunity to strengthen its ties with Russia and leverage its position as a regional power. Additionally, Egypt could be trying to balance its relationships with various global powers, ensuring it maintains a level of independence in a rapidly changing world.
Moreover, Egypt is in a life-threatening situation when it comes to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Since Ethiopia, with this dam, can shut down the main water supply of the entire country, Egypt could have taken a very aggressive position towards Ethiopia. However, Egyptian leadership is handling the issue with utmost caution and sensitivity to avoid exacerbating the conflict that this dam represents for Egypt.
In other words, Egyptian diplomacy is all about keeping the peace and finding common ground and effective solutions that can work for all parties involved.
So, if Egypt is not gambling in a conflict that is a matter of life or death, can Egypt really gamble its balanced international relationships for a 40,000 rocket sales deal with Russia?
If you look at modern Egypt’s history, the country has never engaged in any offensive wars against its neighbors, despite the fact that Egypt has been attacked by them.
Foreign Press Exposed: The Ugly Truth Behind Their Biased Coverage of Egypt? Are politicians pulling the strings behind the scenes?
You’ve probably noticed that foreign press outlets seem to have a particular axe to grind when it comes to Egypt. They’re quick to jump on stories that paint the country in a negative light, and they rarely miss an opportunity to criticize the regime. But have you ever wondered why this is? Is it simply a coincidence or is there something more sinister at play? foreign press is often politically directed by their politicians, and how this bias affects their reporting on Egypt.
The Puppet Masters: Politicians Directing the Press
It’s no secret that many foreign media outlets are funded by political parties or receive donations from powerful interest groups. This funding often comes with strings attached, as these donors expect the media to push their agenda. As a result, journalists may feel pressured to adopt a certain narrative or slant when covering Egypt.
For example, Western countries that have strained relations with Egypt may use their media outlets as a tool to discredit the Egyptian regime. They might promote stories that highlight human rights abuses or corruption, or secret arms deals, while conveniently ignoring their own country’s shortcomings. This creates an unbalanced portrayal of Egypt in the international media, which can have serious consequences for the country’s image and diplomatic relations.
The Press Code of Conduct: A Fading Ideal
Journalists are supposed to adhere to a code of conduct that prioritizes accuracy, impartiality, and fairness. However, this ideal is often overshadowed by the need to appease donors and advertisers. When funding depends on promoting a certain narrative, journalistic integrity can take a back seat.
In the case of Egypt, biased coverage can reinforce negative stereotypes and contribute to a hostile environment for Egyptians living abroad. These stories often lack nuance and context, painting a simplistic picture of a complex nation.
Biased Media: A Global Problem
It’s not just Egypt that suffers from biased media coverage. Other countries in the Middle East and around the world also face distorted portrayals in the press. This can exacerbate tensions and hinder diplomatic efforts, as well as misinform the public about global affairs.
The way forward: Promoting Independent Journalism
To counteract the influence of politically motivated media, we must support independent journalism that values the press code of conduct above all else. By promoting unbiased reporting, we can ensure that the public has access to accurate information and a balanced perspective on world events.
The biased coverage of Egypt in the foreign press is a prime example of how political influence can corrupt journalism. When media outlets prioritize pleasing their funders over adhering to the press code of conduct, it’s the public that suffers. It’s time to support independent journalism and demand unbiased, accurate reporting on Egypt and beyond.