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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Could Trump’s transactional approach secure ‘the greatest deal’ when it comes to North Korea?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 13, 2018 / The National


At least half the people with an opinion on the matter think Donald Trump’s plan to do a direct deal with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un will either fail or burn out prematurely because the meeting won’t come to pass. The other half, which includes Mr Trump’s CIA director, says the US president is “going to … Continue reading “Could Trump’s transactional approach secure ‘the greatest deal’ when it comes to North Korea?”

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Trump-lomacy? Who knows what happens with N Korea. Either it’ll work or it won’t

by Rashmee

Posted on March 11, 2018


Donald Trump’s view of the art of the deal appears to be simple and sharply delineated: Be sudden Be surprising Be the (news) story Nowhere on that list is the injunction and the rational argument: be successful. As Mr Trump said on Saturday (March 10) at a rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania: “Look, North Korea’s … Continue reading “Trump-lomacy? Who knows what happens with N Korea. Either it’ll work or it won’t”

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Trump popcorn mix and the nor’easter from North Korea

by Rashmee

Posted on March 9, 2018


Who would’ve thought the nor’easter forecast for Washington, D.C. would be straight from North Korea? So it turned out on Thursday night. Fresh from a week of snow in London, I could barely credit the sight of snowflakes in Washington, D.C. But there it was – spotty rain showers on Tuesday evening mixed in with … Continue reading “Trump popcorn mix and the nor’easter from North Korea”

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