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US Middle East & West Asia Policy in Tatters

• US to Withdraw from Syria/ US Defence Secretary Resigns • US Partial Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Geo-Political Ramifications BY SHASHI MALLA US to Leave Syria In a surprise move, US President Trump has ordered the withdrawal of all US forces from Syria. It was well known that Trump like his …

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Spice of Life

By P. Kharel Questioning NPC Prime Minister Oli not long ago questioned the National Planning Commission’s relevance and utility. For an answer, he should have asked his Finance Minister Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada who has cruised through all the plum posts NPC vice-chairmanship through Nepal Rastra Bank governorship before being …

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How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia

BY PEPE ESCOBAR The concept of Greater Eurasia has been discussed at the highest levels of Russian academia and policy-making for some time. This week the policy was presented at the Council of Ministers and looks set to be enshrined, without fanfare, as the main guideline of Russian foreign policy …

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Indian RSS and American list of religious freedom

BY C KIRAN It is quite shocking that the United States has placed Pakistan on a special watch list of countries that violate religious freedom. This discriminatory list was announced by US Secretary of State himself. Pakistan understands that this move is politically motivated and aims at a time once …

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India’s new discreet diplomacy in South Asia

BY SUBIR BHAUMIK The last two weeks have cooled nerves in Delhi and vindicated its new-found faith in discreet diplomacy as a better option than the initial muscular, jingoist approach of the Narendra Modi administration. This approach, pioneered by foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale and backed by the country’s intelligence community, …

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Indian machinations of Kashmir

By M Roshan Kashmir which is Pakistan jugular vein is in continuous state of hemorrhage. Unfortunately, BJP government in India in assistance with RSS has fostered its agenda of IHK’s complete integration into India. Though legal experts of India and IoK High Court have clarified the permanent status of Article …

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China firmly opposes U.S. act on Tibet: FM spokesperson

BEIJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) — China Thursday expressed firm opposition to the United States on its signing into law of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2018, saying it is a gross interference in China’s domestic affairs and sent a seriously wrong message to “Tibetan independence” forces. The U.S. …

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Tibet eases financing for private businesses

LHASA, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) — Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region rolled out a spate of measures Tuesday to ease financing for private businesses in the region. The measures, released by regional financial regulators, include increasing monetary policy support, improving credit management, and offering more diverse financing products and services. Loans …

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Nepal at the edge of total collapse

BY BISHAL B. SHAH New nation emerges and an old one collapses. It is an undeniable play of the circumstances. And, the circumstances are the outcome of the play that leadership envisions and acts upon that vision. The vision might be very focused for the betterment of the larger community …

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