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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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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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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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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Does today’s N-weapons reduction deadline matter for Trump’s America?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 5, 2018


  Today (February 5) falls a key deadline for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. The Treaty, which came into force on February 5, 2011, limits the United States and Russia each to 1,550 strategic nuclear warheads on a maximum of 700 deployed launchers. By today, seven years from the day the Treaty became operational, each of … Continue reading “Does today’s N-weapons reduction deadline matter for Trump’s America?”

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Remember Obama’s ‘red line’ for Syria’s Assad? Trump’s ‘fire’ for Kim sounds similar

by Rashmee

Posted on August 14, 2017


Donald Trump should at least remember his own words (as highly quotable and the “greatest” wisdom the world might produce). Some years ago, he ridiculed Barack Obama for allowing Syria to cross a “red line” drawn by the US president on chemical-weapons use. Now, Mr Trump is promising fire-and-brimstone to Kim Jong Un, but can … Continue reading “Remember Obama’s ‘red line’ for Syria’s Assad? Trump’s ‘fire’ for Kim sounds similar”

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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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Do you really want Militaristic May in charge of nuclear weapons?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 31, 2017


Is caution about weapons that kill a bad quality in a potential leader? Do you have to be heedless about blood and death if you want to run a country? The questions have to be asked now that British prime minister Theresa May has charged Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn with being unfit to lead … Continue reading “Do you really want Militaristic May in charge of nuclear weapons?”

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Trump-Clinton debate didn’t make Sunday a big day. It was N.Korea’s nuke anniversary

by Rashmee

Posted on October 12, 2016


Sunday was a really important day for the world and I don’t mean because of the second US presidential debate. October 9, 2016 marked 10 years since North Korea conducted its first nuclear test. Then, it exploded a crude atomic bomb. Ten years later, Pyongyang is proceeding apace with its nuclear weapons programme. It has … Continue reading “Trump-Clinton debate didn’t make Sunday a big day. It was N.Korea’s nuke anniversary”

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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