Olympic unity on the divided Korean peninsula might give way to nuclear point-scoring afterwards — but it has made for an unmissable spectacle

by Rashmee

Posted on February 13, 2018 / The National


That the Winter Olympics are showcasing hopes for peace and amity in the world is exactly as it should be. The two Koreas’ rapprochement — limited though it may prove to be — has turned Pyeongchang into the unity games, with even North Korean leader Kim Jong-un describing it as a “warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue”. That is … Continue reading “Olympic unity on the divided Korean peninsula might give way to nuclear point-scoring afterwards — but it has made for an unmissable spectacle”

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Why is the Trump administration so snarky about Pyongyang’s Olympic moves?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 10, 2018


Some say Trump’s America is playing bad cop to South Korea’s good cop. Perhaps. But it’s also entirely possible the US can’t bear to be disregarded and, by that light, disrespected. Consider what’s happened in the past six weeks. After Donald Trump’s constant, childish and reprehensible insults of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un; after … Continue reading “Why is the Trump administration so snarky about Pyongyang’s Olympic moves?”

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The ‘Pyongyang Olympics’. Why not? Isn’t sport meant to bring us all together?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 9, 2018


    The winter Olympics begin today in PyeongChang and some are offering the slightly snarky label: the Pyongyang Games. It’s a reference to North Korea’s remarkable move to participate in the winter Olympics, to allow its athletes to compete under a unified Korean peninsula flag and to greenlight a united North-South decision to sing … Continue reading “The ‘Pyongyang Olympics’. Why not? Isn’t sport meant to bring us all together?”

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Be afraid, be very afraid of Trump’s view of what makes America safe

by Rashmee

Posted on February 1, 2018


  Until Donald Trump’s administration decided not to send Victor Cha as US envoy to South Korea, no one would’ve said Mr Cha was a dove. Mr Cha, a Korean-American academic who served in the George W Bush administration, is hardly a namby-pamby peacemaker, if those who want peace not war are to be considered … Continue reading “Be afraid, be very afraid of Trump’s view of what makes America safe”

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By cutting out Trump’s America, the 2 Koreas ensure they remain extant

by Rashmee

Posted on January 18, 2018


I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to be naively hopeful about North and South Korea’s decision to march together at the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony. That the two countries’ athletes will march under a unified flag is a heart-warming piece of news to start the year. One has to wonder if the bonhomie … Continue reading “By cutting out Trump’s America, the 2 Koreas ensure they remain extant”

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Are we forgetting North Korea? Here’s a senior Singapore diplomat’s take

by Rashmee

Posted on October 21, 2017


It’s not gone away. Nothing has changed with the Hermit Kingdom, where by the way, it is “Juche Year 106”. (North Korea counts time from the birth of their original Great Leader, Kim Il-­sung.) Anyway, even though US President Trump has not tweeted of late about “little Rocket Man”, as he insultingly calls Kim Jong … Continue reading “Are we forgetting North Korea? Here’s a senior Singapore diplomat’s take”

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New world order? The Denmark model versus the Singapore model

by Rashmee

Posted on October 11, 2017


What should we to make of North Korea’s economic liberalisation? And the fact that it’s having an effect on its economy but not its politics? As Bloomberg View reported last month, the country’s six-year-old reforms have begun to take hold and the private sector is becoming increasingly important. It may now account for up to half … Continue reading “New world order? The Denmark model versus the Singapore model”

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The bald truth: Nuclear war isn’t inevitable, not if there’s a peace treaty to end Korean War

by Rashmee

Posted on September 13, 2017


Former CIA officer, top-rated Korean language speaker and Columbia University senior research scholar Dr Sue Mi Terry sums up the North Korean situation in the clearest way possible. No good US options, no good US intelligence on Kim Jong Un, a newly arrogant Pyongyang. Dr Terry recently told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the bald … Continue reading “The bald truth: Nuclear war isn’t inevitable, not if there’s a peace treaty to end Korean War”

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What sense does it make to advertise the Kim Jong Un kill squad made up of Bin Laden’s nemesis?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 7, 2017


“Navy Seals training Kim ‘assassination’ squad,” goes the screaming headline in The Times, London, going on to report that South Korean commandos will be working with the US Navy Seals who killed Osama Bin Laden. It will mark the creation of a “special unit to assassinate Kim Jong-un in the event of war,” says the … Continue reading “What sense does it make to advertise the Kim Jong Un kill squad made up of Bin Laden’s nemesis?”

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Are President Trump’s people serious about the Twitter offensive in the Korean theatre?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 11, 2017


One does not have to be a stuffy foreign policywallah to find the Trump administration’s attitude to horrific potential wars and nuclear issues decidedly casual. Consider the following remarks from Sebastian Gorka, the tough-talking, Islamophobic, white nationalist foreign policy advisor to the US president, when asked about Sino-American relations. How can the US persuading China … Continue reading “Are President Trump’s people serious about the Twitter offensive in the Korean theatre?”

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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