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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Oh For Godsake, Leave Jill Stein Alone Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

I’ve known Jill Stein for years. I knew weeks ago that the Senate “Intelligence” Committee was coming after her. I set up this petition to put reasonable limits on Russiagate. But I’ve not heard from Jill, nor had any secret communication from my good friend Vladimir, nor any such nonsense...

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Gorbachev Was Promised No NATO Expansion

For decades the pretense has been maintained that there is some doubt as to whether the United States really promised Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that if Germany reunited, then NATO would not expand eastward. The National Security Archive has put such doubts to rest at least until the..

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Linguistic Devolution and Ye Ol’ Resistance Monday, December 18th, 2017

Trump has banned doctors from using seven words: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.” Pretty lame words compared with the seven words that George Carlin famously ranted about because they were banned..

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The 18 Strongest Trump Articles of Impeachment Friday, December 15th, 2017

Some say the world will end Some say in Pence. From what I’ve heard out on the stump, I hold with those who favor Trump; For if he’s stopped they both might be. If not, the chance may come too late For Mr. Pence the throne to capture And make our fate His longed-for rapture. Several..

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Milo in Australia: Yiannopoulous, Free Speech and Violence Thursday, December 7th, 2017

To what limit protest? Naturally, this was exactly what colourful agitator and former senior editor for Breitbart News Milo Yiannopolous wanted: outrage, insensible anger, and heady adoration. Without any of these, he would vanish, a figure charged on a narcissism that would otherwise vanquish him...

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