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Trump’s East Asian tour: coming to terms with reality

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By M.R. Josse NEW YORK, NY: By the time this is published, American President Donald Trump will have returned to Washington after a hectic 12-day, five-nation tour through East Asia having taking in three important bilateral visits – Japan, South Korea and China – and two regional summits – in …

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Trump’s East Asia foray a diplomatic minefield

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By M.R. Josse NEW YORK, NY: Understandably, American President Donald Trump’s current 12-day, 5-nation East Asia journey has received intense global attention given that his geopolitical hopscotch is the most significant of his presidency. At the time of writing, he is in Japan; thereafter, he will visit South Korea and …

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Lessons and Soundings from Madrid and Beijing

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By M.R. Josse NEW YORK, NY: Last week, some attention was focused on developments in Barcelona, in particular the demand for Catalonia to formally break from Spain. Significantly, since last week’s piece the Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont’s regional government has been fired by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, while …

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Traveler’s tales and much more

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By M.R. Josse NEW YORK. NY: Resurrecting this column after Dasain and Tihar, one is confronted by a cornucopia of comment-worthy developments that have taken place. It is therefore possible only to touch upon a mere smidgen of the same, including those associated with our recent 10-day junket to Dublin …

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72nd UNGA: Trump makes debut, North Korea major focus

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BY M.R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: Penning this on the eve of the opening of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) – on Tuesday, September 18 – it is pretty plain that North Korea will be at its very front and centre. Which is, of course, …

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Monster hurricane Irma, disputes in South Asia

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BY M.R. JOSSE NEW YORK, N.Y: Monster hurricane Irma that lashed both coasts of Florida with winds near 130 mph on Sunday, September 10, marked for the first time that two massive storms – the other being Harvey mentioned briefly last week – that powerfully targeted the United States in …

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North Korea dominates headlines as world holds its breath

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BY M.R. JOSSE BOSTON, MA: Though there has been no dearth of momentous events lately, anxieties triggered by North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on September 3 – the second this year – have overshadowed them all. Among such happenings are those associated with Hurricane Harvey, a tragedy for untold thousands …

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The US’s longest war and divisiveness in America

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BY M.R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: Last week, I briefly referred to American President Donald Trump’s recent resolution to soldier on in Afghanistan, where the US has been enmeshed in a deadly conflict. That began shortly after al-Qaida’s September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on America, hatched in that country. LONGEST …

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India: heed geo-political realities, eschew recklessness

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BY M.R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: Though the past week has been a most eventful and dramatic one here in America – and a tragic period in Barcelona, Spain – this column will deal with matters closer to home, especially as one feels that not enough in-depth attention has been focused …

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