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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America favours strategic coercion over Pyongyang

by Rashmee

Posted on April 20, 2017 / The National


Is Donald Trump trying to “out-North Korea the North Koreans” at this moment of high tension with Pyongyang? The question is worth asking after veteran US ambassador Christopher Hill, who served in South Korea, came up with the explanation for the Trump administration’s strategy. All the signs point that way. The administration appears to be … Continue reading “America favours strategic coercion over Pyongyang”

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In the 1950s, Pyongyang routinely attacked movie theatres in Seoul

by Rashmee

Posted on December 21, 2014


In all the kerfuffle over the cyber attack on Sony Picture’s comedy film ‘The Interview’, here’s an interesting bit of historical perspective on North Korea. After the Korean War, one of North Korea’s favourite destabilization tactics in Seoul was to attack movie theatres with hand grenades. This reminder of Pyongyang’s behaviour in the 1950s is … Continue reading “In the 1950s, Pyongyang routinely attacked movie theatres in Seoul”

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No, the Sony hack doesn’t qualify for a drone campaign. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on December 20, 2014


Speaking of the Sony hack, has the threat of cyberwar become more real than ever before? Cyberwar, of course, is mostly sabotage and information theft. It doesn’t have the sort of bloody toll of conventional war, which is classified by a threshold of at least 1,000 battlefield casualties. What does a country do about cyberwar? … Continue reading “No, the Sony hack doesn’t qualify for a drone campaign. Here’s why”

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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