A pandemic isn’t an existential threat to humanity; nuclear weapons are

by Rashmee

Posted on May 5, 2020


  A philosopher on the radio the other day said a pandemic isn’t as much of an existential threat to humanity as nuclear weapons. He’s probably right. Even if the coronavirus pandemic takes a terrible toll – in terms of lives, incomes, economic wellbeing – it won’t be an existential threat unless there is a … Continue reading “A pandemic isn’t an existential threat to humanity; nuclear weapons are”

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Why books and films about outbreaks are surging

by Rashmee

Posted on May 4, 2020 / The National


On April 28, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright’s first novel, The End of October, was published, dropping silently into my Kindle reader because it was on pre-order. There is every chance the novel, though not an especially good read, will sell well. For, it is seen as prescient in a world afflicted by Covid-19. Set … Continue reading “Why books and films about outbreaks are surging”

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The nuclear non-proliferation era ends with a key treaty. What happens next?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 3, 2019


On Friday, August 2, a nuclear non-proliferation pact collapsed. Not just any pact but the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachov and underpinned three decades of global security. Many are mourning the INF’s demise. It led to the removal of more than 2,600 US and Soviet nuclear and … Continue reading “The nuclear non-proliferation era ends with a key treaty. What happens next?”

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Amid all the turmoil, peace could break out between India and Pakistan

by Rashmee

Posted on March 4, 2019 / The National


Recent weeks have been tumultuous, but from out of the clamour, sober voices with no appetite for war can be clearly heard Fighting between India and Pakistan hasn’t stopped entirely but the threat of nuclear war has receded for the moment. On Saturday, heavy shelling and a dozen deaths of civilians and soldiers were reported along … Continue reading “Amid all the turmoil, peace could break out between India and Pakistan”

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What did the third inter-Korean summit have to do with Trump?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 20, 2018


Believe me, to use one of Donald Trump’s favourite phrases, the third inter-Korean summit had almost nothing to do with the US President. Except for this: both the South Korean president and North Korean dictator were anxious to move on peace in a way Mr Trump cannot derail. In other words, don’t mention the N-word. … Continue reading “What did the third inter-Korean summit have to do with Trump?”

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‘The fear of nuclear warfare was the fear of death and the fear of life’

by Rashmee

Posted on June 19, 2018


  What comes to mind when you think of nuclear war? The now fantastically cordial situation between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea? Mr Trump’s self-congratulatory, puzzlingly declarative announcement that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat? Forget geopolitics for a moment. Read this extract on the fear of nuclear war … Continue reading “‘The fear of nuclear warfare was the fear of death and the fear of life’”

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