Trump-Kim summit can set off nuclear dominoes game

by Rashmee

Posted on June 17, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Ten years ago, in the closing months of George W. Bush’s presidency, the United States legitimised India’s status as a nuclear weapons state. Washington bent the rules and signed an agreement that allowed India to buy US dual-use nuclear technology, including materials and equipment that could be used for nuclear bombs. India (like Pakistan, Israel … Continue reading “Trump-Kim summit can set off nuclear dominoes game”

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Two views of Trump-Kim summit: Helped peace generally but hurt the US

by Rashmee

Posted on June 13, 2018


  Who can deny that it’s better for a US president to be exchanging gracious phrases with the North Korean leader than to be threatening (or, God forbid, launching) war? Who can deny that it diminishes America somewhat to come away from a summit with North Korea with nothing more than a Kodak moment and … Continue reading “Two views of Trump-Kim summit: Helped peace generally but hurt the US”

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Summitry is best captured in satire - if only so much of it wasn’t so achingly accurate

by Rashmee

Posted on June 12, 2018 / The National


Sometimes summitry is best captured in satire. Ahead of today’s Singapore meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, there was dulcet mood music and nakedly transparent attempts by two volatile, very alpha male leaders to court each other. And then there was the grouchy summit in Canada of the G7 advanced economies. Mr Trump got … Continue reading “Summitry is best captured in satire - if only so much of it wasn’t so achingly accurate”

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Why don’t we feel a greater sense of pending doom over the fear of a nuclear wipeout?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 30, 2018 / The National


What comes to mind when nuclear war is mentioned? The on-off Singapore summit? The shifting dynamic between two volatile leaders, Donald Trump of the United States, the world’s most advanced nuclear power and Kim Jong-un of newly nuclear-capable North Korea? Or the pair’s boasts about their nuclear capability? All of the above might be expressed … Continue reading “Why don’t we feel a greater sense of pending doom over the fear of a nuclear wipeout?”

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The only predictable thing about North Korea is its unpredictability

by Rashmee

Posted on May 1, 2018 / The National


Here’s an answer for those who question the potential of the peace process which recently began on the Korean peninsula: the Berlin Wall fell. The Soviet Union collapsed. Apartheid ended. Myanmar’s generals allowed free elections in 2015, which lessened the military junta’s half-century of oppressive power. More recently, Angola, Gambia and Zimbabwe’s long-serving strongmen agreed … Continue reading “The only predictable thing about North Korea is its unpredictability”

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North Korea’s Mr Kim has a new foreign policy. Now he needs a new hairstyle

by Rashmee

Posted on April 28, 2018


In the past two months, North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un has acquired a global public profile that goes much beyond the propaganda photos put out by his state news agency. Mr Kim has been reclusive – almost unseen by the wider world – ever since he took over as leader in 2011. But, of … Continue reading “North Korea’s Mr Kim has a new foreign policy. Now he needs a new hairstyle”

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The Potato Rosti summit. With a side order of #Byungjin

by Rashmee

Posted on April 27, 2018


  At the end of it all, it is the potato rosti said a great deal. In the run up to his summit with South Korea’s Moon Jae-in, it was revealed that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un would be served the dish and that it was an apparent attempt to remind him of his time … Continue reading “The Potato Rosti summit. With a side order of #Byungjin”

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The summit of the two Koreas is the first act in a two-part play

by Rashmee

Posted on April 24, 2018 / The National


Much of the world views Friday’s inter-Korean summit as a warm-up act for the main show, the “headliner” scheduled for some weeks hence between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. But there is reason to see the summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea’s Mr Kim as the first part of a two-act … Continue reading “The summit of the two Koreas is the first act in a two-part play”

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Kim Jong Un, not Donald Trump may be the greatest negotiator

by Rashmee

Posted on March 29, 2018


The real surprise in all that’s happening with North Korea is the diplomatic nous displayed by Kim Jong Un. He’s only been leader six years and until he went to Beijing earlier this week, had never (so far as we know) set foot on foreign soil in his years at the helm of the Hermit … Continue reading “Kim Jong Un, not Donald Trump may be the greatest negotiator”

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Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump share a taste for bad hairstyles

by Rashmee

Posted on March 28, 2018


Personally, I think North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un will gel a great deal better with US president Donald Trump than with China’s Xi Jingping. Mr Kim and Mr Trump share a taste for bad hairstyles. Mr Xi not so much. The contrast between Mr Kim and Mr Xi was very apparent after their clandestine discussions … Continue reading “Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump share a taste for bad hairstyles”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, UK and US