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Kurdish Frictions: Turkey’s Campaign in Afrin

It’s a cruel saga, and one that promises no immediate end. Turkey, considered one of the more potent of powers within the NATO alliance, has manoeuvred itself into a play that Washington will find hard to avoid. For Ankara, one thing must not happen as Islamic State forces gradually vanish, or..

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Next Door Nepal: No room for egos Monday, January 22nd, 2018

The constitutional and political limbo following the elections has exposed the inadequacies of the country’s two-year-old constitution. The formation of a new government is nowhere in sight. That means that the ruling Nepali Congress, even after a major setback in the polls early last December,..

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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 meaningful yet sensitive as Nepal was ending decades-long sole dependency on India to get internet connectivity in the..

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Big Power Diversions: Olympic Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula Saturday, January 20th, 2018

The more overtures, sudden but entirely appropriate, being made by North Korea to their South Korean counterparts, the more concern seems to emanate from quarters in Washington and Tokyo. A recurring streak in these engagements is the fear that Pyongyang is simply prevaricating, distracting and..

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The Missing Key To Trump’s Russiagate – OpEd Friday, January 19th, 2018

What’s really behind the Trump Russiagate scandal? Go from one news source to another and you’ll see widely disparate versions of the story. The difference is especially stark in cable TV news reports. Switch from Fox News to MSNBC and you see two totally different pictures. It’s like..

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Support the New Poor People’s Campaign Thursday, January 18th, 2018

The new poor people’s campaign should get every ounce of support we can find and generate. I say that without the qualifications and caveats I would usually include, because the Poor People’s Campaign is doing something that may not be strictly unprecedented in U.S. history but is certainly..

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Macron in China Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Since coming to power, Macron has given the impression of forging ahead with new agendas and ideas crafted from a novel perspective. This has been far from the case. True, the man’s novelty has shone through in doing what seemed to be the undoable: establish a power base against traditional..

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INDIA’S DEFENSE-DIPLOMACY STRATEGY ON RIGHT TRACK Monday, January 15th, 2018

Irksome relationship that India now has with Pakistan and China, the two neighbouring countries, have made many Indians including a few former diplomats and war veterans wonder whether India has to fight two front war in the immediate future. The Chief of Army Staff has also given credence to such..

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The Bannon-Trump Implosion – OpEd Sunday, January 14th, 2018

Michael Wolff is laughing, if not gloating, all his way to the bank. Money bags are singing; bank accounts are being filled. Doubts about the free publicity his work on the Trump White House would receive would have abated with the tweeting complex that is the current and singular US president, one..

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How India lost Nepal to China Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Soon after the civil war in Nepal, India lost its plot since it was unable to unify the pro-India Nepali Congress and the Madhesis. Now as the leftist government leans towards China, it has joyfully grasped the moment. For India, Nepal is geo-strategically the most important country, the crown..

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Fuming in the White House: The Bannon-Trump Implosion Friday, January 12th, 2018

Michael Wolff is laughing, if not gloating, all his way to the bank. Money bags are singing; bank accounts are being filled. Doubts about the free publicity his work on the Trump White House would receive would have abated with the tweeting complex that is the current and singular US president, one..

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To Liberate Cambodia Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

A long-standing French protectorate briefly occupied by Japan during World War II, Cambodia became independent in 1953 as the French finally withdrew from Indochina. Under the leadership of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodia remained officially neutral, including during the subsequent US war on..

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Recalling PN Shah on National Unification Day

Deep Raj Sanyal, KATHMANDU: As the nation marks the 296th birth anniversary of King Prithvi Narayan Shah and the National Unification Day on Thursday, it is a sombre occasion for all Nepalis to objectively recognise the significance of the Nepali nationhood and the national rebuilding process in..

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Media Bias Against Cardinal Pell – OpEd

Cardinal George Pell is the highest ranking member of the Catholic clergy ever to be charged with sexual abuse. To date, this matter has not been adjudicated in the courts, and indeed no specific charges have been rendered against him. Yet the media in Australia, Europe, and North America have led..

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Post-election issues stymie Government Formation in Nepal Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Elections to the 275-member Lower House of the Nepalese parliament – House of Representatives – were held between November 26 and December 7, 2017. Earlier, elections to the legislatures of the seven provinces had been concluded. The Left Alliance, comprising the Communist Party of Nepal -..

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Robert Reich: Seriously, How Dumb Is Trump? – OpEd Monday, January 8th, 2018

For more than a year now, I’ve been hearing from people in the inner circles of official Washington – GOP lobbyists, Republican pundits, even a few Republican members of Congress – that Donald Trump is remarkably stupid. I figured they couldn’t be right because really stupid people don’t..

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Unwarranted tussle for provincial capitals

Manoj Karki, KATHMANDU: The weather of the country is getting colder by the day but the debate over the choice of capitals of the seven provinces is heating up. The folks of Dhankuta have even arrived in the federal capital to exert pressure on the government to declare the hill district as the..

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How Trump Is Destroying The GOP – OpEd Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

America has never had a president as deeply unpopular at this stage of his presidency, or one who has sucked up more political oxygen. This isn’t good news for the..