No Foreign Bases: Challenging Footprint Of US Empire – OpEd Thursday, January 18th, 2018

The United States cannot be a moral or ethical country until it faces up to the realities of US empire and the destruction it causes around the world. The US undermines governments (including democracies), kills millions of people, causes mass migrations of people fleeing their homes, communities..

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Next door Nepal: Ball is not just in the court Monday, January 15th, 2018

The euphoria over the successful conduct of the polls, the first under the new constitution, is fast giving way to anarchy and confusion. Last Wednesday, abuses were hurled at the sitting Chief Justice, Gopal Prasad Parajuli, during a hearing before a division bench of Nepal’s Supreme Court. He..

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Tidbits From NSG Special Group Meeting In 2017 – OpEd Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Membership of India and Pakistan in the Nuclear Suppliers Group is in the cold storage and pending as of now evidenced by the special group meeting of NSG in Vienna on November, 2017. A special wavier has been granted to India and the NSG exempted India in 2008 from its full-scope obligation for..

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Trump Love Endures – OpEd Friday, January 12th, 2018

The recently published book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is an inside account of the Donald Trump campaign and presidency. One of its more stunning revelations confirms what informed people said about Donald Trump in 2016. He did not think he would win, indeed he had not intended to..

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Orthodox Christmas, Oaks and Casual Cruelties Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Bujanovac The man, gristle and all, perched on his stick, a statue lost in a mess of dirt ridden clothes, his face obscured by the casting shadow of the sheltering building in the southern Serbian town of Bujanovac. An eye half-shut, the other suspiciously attentive, he was spotting a particularly..

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Is Nepal falling for China’s soft power charm offensive? Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

The class of young schoolchildren in western Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, thought they were just learning some new Chinese words. They were unaware that on that chilly Friday afternoon, the lesson being given by their teacher Lily Zuo was actually part of Beijing’s soft power charm offensive..

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Trapped in Zurich and Waiting for Belgrade Sunday, January 7th, 2018

On Route to Belgrade The stick insect with pale lips, a jaunty manner, and the sense of still being attached to mummy gave a definitive statement of Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. “The plane cannot be located.” It had a name; it had an identity. It was even registered on the screens of..

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Gangs, Race and Melbourne Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Two’s a company; three’s a crowd. More? This issue is preoccupying political and policing figures in the city considered by the Economist Intelligence Unit the most liveable in the world, bettering a whole host of other seemingly more appropriate candidates. So liveable, in fact, that it houses..

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Strained Pak-US Ties: All is Not Lost Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Pakistan has always desired and wanted sustainable peace, stability and prosperity in the region. For that reason it stayed pragmatic about the peace talks and chiefly the Afghan peace process for peace in Pakistan is bound to the peace and stability in Afghanistan. In any case, amid this..

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MR. MODI NEEDS TO CONSOLIDATE THE GAINS IN 2018 Friday, December 29th, 2017

Mr. Modi was voted to power as India’s Prime Minister with overwhelming majority three years back, primarily due to the faith that he successfully created amongst large section of country men that he would ensure probity in public life, root out black money and corruption and focus on development..

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Communist coalition concludes Nepal’s political transition Thursday, December 28th, 2017

The completion of federal and provincial elections in December 2017 marks the end of an almost 12-year political transition and the beginning of a new economic future for Nepal. In June 2017, when the World Economic Forum reported that Nepal was the third-fastest growing economy in the world after..

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China’s Moment in Nepal: Implications for India Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

If the winner in the recent Nepal elections, the Left alliance, wanted to send out a message that it would follow a “balanced” foreign policy, then surely its leader Khadga Prasad (KP) Sharma Oli, has a strange way of demonstrating this. In a surprise move, Oli visited the border with China in..

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The Beginning Of An Era Of Stability For Nepal? Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

While the people of Nepal were celebrating Dashain, an annual festival in October, the leading two Communist Parties, the United Marxist Leninist and Maoist United Center, announced they would form a Left Alliance for the upcoming federal and provincial elections. The move came as a surprise to..

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BRI will boost Nepal-China relations Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Mahendra Subedi, KATHMANDU: The news headlines about the entry of China’s internet bandwidth in Nepal early this week drew attention of all stakeholders. The news was..