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Inexplicable ‘Free Tibet’ shadow over Oli’s India visit

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BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: Just as yours faithfully was attempting to wrap his head around myriad aspects of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s now-concluded three-day visit to India, he came across a startling report on the Swadeshnepal.com website about his meeting at the Nepalese Embassy reception, on …

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Oli’s India visit, Kim’s diplomacy and Trump’s Pyongyang moment

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BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: On the eve of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s official India visit one encounters the shop-worn argument about Nepali prime ministers ‘always’ visiting India ‘first’. While this bit of diplomatic hokum is freely bandied about, notably the myth-spinners fail to explain why Prime …

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Perceived chaos in America as Xi-Putin consolidate power

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BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: Although things political back home are finally falling into place with the K.P. Sharma Oli-led coalition charging ahead on a steadier wicket than has been Nepal’s lot lately, a number of contradictory or worrisome out-of-kilter developments are perceptible. EU INTERFERENCE Topping the latter …

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‘Powerful’ Oli and a ‘Chinese-American’ world

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BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: As winter morphs into spring significant transformations have concurrently been occurring in the politico-diplomatic sphere, both here and in Nepal. At home, of course, the big news seems to revolve around the perception that the newly installed prime minister K.P. Sharma Oli has …

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Catastrophes, shocks and conundrums

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BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: A trifecta of catastrophes, shocks and conundrums constitutes the meat of this week’s column. Monday’s shocking air disaster at Tribhuvan International Airport – the biggest there in Nepal’s aviation history – in which 49 humans lost their lives and 22 suffered grievous injuries, …

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Uncertainties and opacity abound – far and near

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BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: Metaphorically gazing out from New York one perceives a kaleidoscope of eye-catching developments – some more sparkling than others – emanating from Nepal and in its periphery. In order to accord due attention to them, one is perforce obliged to refer to a …

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In U.S., strategic issues overshadowed, not in South Asia

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BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: A flurry of sticky domestic issues in America has overshadowed strategic concerns, while in our neck of the woods, it is dawning on many the K.P. Sharma Oli-led government could be the precursor to a grim tussle between India and China. The tragic death …

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Get ready for a serious geopolitical scramble

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BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: Despite several comment-worthy developments here in the U.S. of A, this week’s column will focus on the goings-on back home hinging on UML chief K.P. Sharma Oli’s installation as Nepal’s chief executive two months after the Left Alliance’s magnificent electoral triumph in the first …

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Dilemmas for U.S. in Korea; for India in the Maldives

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By M. R. Josse TAMPA, FL: If the transfer-of-power drama back home continues to be played out in excruciatingly slow motion, other politico-diplomatic stage shows have moved much more rapidly – on the divided Korean peninsula and in the Indian Ocean archipelagic nation of the Maldives. Let me kick-off this …

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Of nukes, diplomatic gambits and monarchy’s allure

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BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: This week’s column proffers a mishmash of a trifecta of themes, from a chronicle of nukes, to Sushma Swaraj’s much-hyped Kathmandu sortie – and monarchy’s lingering allure. Let’s, however, begun in America, with the latest twist to the gripping, never-ending Russian-interference-in-the-American-presidential-election-2016 saga. This is …

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