Guess who’s holding a national election on Nov. 3. A republic with the world’s first nuclear-free constitution

by Rashmee

Posted on October 12, 2020


So who’s holding a general election on November 3? (Hint: It’s a democratic republic.) This isn’t, dear reader, a trick question. I know you know that the US general election is on November 3. But the US doesn’t have a constitution that dreams of a world free of nuclear weapons. Obviously, we’re not talking about … Continue reading “Guess who’s holding a national election on Nov. 3. A republic with the world’s first nuclear-free constitution”

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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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Nearly half of North Korea’s population needs humanitarian aid. But the missile programme goes on

by Rashmee

Posted on March 8, 2019


How do we know North Korea had its worst food harvest in more than a decade? Well the United Nations’ Resident Coordinator in the North has told us.  So, this is not some calculation from a distance. It comes from within North Korea. The UN’s Resident Coordinator, Tapan Mishra, has told the world North Korea … Continue reading “Nearly half of North Korea’s population needs humanitarian aid. But the missile programme goes on”

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World watches, from a distance

by Rashmee

Posted on March 2, 2019 / First Post


The initial international reaction to the India-Pakistan crisis has been a study in the technique called pursed-lip breathing. Everyone exhaled platitudes about restraint through tightly pressed lips and then inhaled the reality of the situation through the nose, mouth closed. This has meant less noisy intervention than in crises past, notably Kargil, though US President … Continue reading “World watches, from a distance”

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The Trump-Kim Show, Season 2, Day 2

by Rashmee

Posted on February 28, 2019


What was the point of Donald Trump meeting Kim Jong Un twice in two years? What was the point of this two-day summit? Almost as soon Mr Trump said he planned to meet the North Korean dictator possibly in Vietnam, everyone knew Season 2 of the  Trump-Kim Show would have to different from the first. … Continue reading “The Trump-Kim Show, Season 2, Day 2”

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Message from Mohammed bin Salman visit: It is Pakistan first

by Rashmee

Posted on February 23, 2019 / First Post


The Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to New Delhi was historic, but perhaps only for the frankness with which Mohammed bin Salman never even pretended he was on the same page as India with respect to Pakistan. MBS, as the Crown Prince is known, courteously stood by and listened as Prime Minister Narendra Modi made reference … Continue reading “Message from Mohammed bin Salman visit: It is Pakistan first”

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The train to peace in the Koreas has left the station, no thanks to Donald Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on December 1, 2018


On November 30, a South Korean train with a sign reading ‘Seoul to Sinuiju’ crossed into the North,  The Korea Times reported.  Believe me, this is more important to prospects for world peace than Donald Trump’s showy, insubstantial summit with North Korea’s dictator earlier this year. For, the South Korean train has begun a simply … Continue reading “The train to peace in the Koreas has left the station, no thanks to Donald Trump”

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Behind India and Pakistan’s sabre-rattling lies a chance for change

by Rashmee

Posted on September 26, 2018 / The National


That India and Pakistan are talking of war yet again illustrates the competing truths about this relationship 71 years after Partition. Mutual enmity is strong, but there also appears to be a crowd-pleasingly choreographed complicity in all the tough talk. Consider the latest row. India abruptly called off a meeting on the sidelines of the … Continue reading “Behind India and Pakistan’s sabre-rattling lies a chance for change”

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Timepass summitry? Kim Jong Un and a vacuous American president

by Rashmee

Posted on September 13, 2018


There’s an Indian slang word for Kim Jong Un’s request for a second summit with Donald Trump and the US president’s eager response. The word is “timepass”. It means, according to the OED, “the action or fact of passing the time, typically in an aimless or unproductive way.” So, the North Korean dictator meets and … Continue reading “Timepass summitry? Kim Jong Un and a vacuous American president”

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