South Korea’s wannabe president wins support for universal basic income plan

by Rashmee

Posted on October 15, 2020


It is a platitude that the pandemic has been a game-changer. It is a banality that catastrophes are not always uniformly bad news for everyone. The lucky few may unwittingly benefit. Lee Jae-myung, governor of South Korea’s most populous province, is probably one of them. So is the bold concept known as universal basic income. … Continue reading “South Korea’s wannabe president wins support for universal basic income plan”

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The real American dream was access to education. No longer

by Rashmee

Posted on September 26, 2020


Pandemic or not, it’s hardly likely that Donald Trump will change his publicly stated view on America’s great burdens. But instead of ranting at the world’s unfairness to the “greatest” nation on earth, Donald Trump should get one of his sidekicks to read up on the late Gary Becker’s work on the link between education … Continue reading “The real American dream was access to education. No longer”

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Trump eviscerates G7 - and America’s leadership

by Rashmee

Posted on May 31, 2020 / The Focus


Donald Trump wants to turn the G7 group of advanced economies into the ‘G10 or 11’ vs G1. Which is to say the US president wants an expanded G7 — with Russia, India, Australia and South Korea added on — to unite against China. This is wishful thinking. If anything, Mr Trump’s decision to postpone the summit, invite into … Continue reading “Trump eviscerates G7 - and America’s leadership”

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Wisconsin and South Korea – a tale of two elections

by Rashmee

Posted on April 17, 2020 / The Focus


April began with a textbook example of how not to hold an election and progressed to a well-run national poll during a pandemic. There’s a big gap between Wisconsin, which voted on 7 April, and South Korea, which conducted the first big election of the coronavirus era eight days later. It’s about tech-savvy governance and … Continue reading “Wisconsin and South Korea – a tale of two elections”

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If you doubted there’s no globocop any more, read this

by Rashmee

Posted on August 11, 2019


  No one’s paying any particular attention to what the US says or thinks about anything very much any more. That’s good, I suppose, because the US is not saying anything worth anyone’s attention. Donald Trump’s America has nothing morally important to contribute to the global conversation, say about Kashmir, Crimea, Hong Kong, North Korean … Continue reading “If you doubted there’s no globocop any more, read this”

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Could the Korean Peninsula blow up America’s legendary status as the essential nation?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 3, 2019


As of midnight December 31, 2018, here’s where things stood with respect to the Korean Peninsula: ** The 5-year US-South Korea agreement expired. The agreement covers Seoul’s substantial ($850 million) payment towards the cost of keeping 28,500 American troops on the Peninsula. ** The failure to replace the agreement speedily should be a cause for … Continue reading “Could the Korean Peninsula blow up America’s legendary status as the essential nation?”

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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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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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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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The Potato Rosti summit. With a side order of #Byungjin

by Rashmee

Posted on April 27, 2018


  At the end of it all, it is the potato rosti said a great deal. In the run up to his summit with South Korea’s Moon Jae-in, it was revealed that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un would be served the dish and that it was an apparent attempt to remind him of his time … Continue reading “The Potato Rosti summit. With a side order of #Byungjin”

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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