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The profound, the profane and the rotten

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BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: Back home, things seem to be unraveling at a serious lick even as the ecstasy of the polls evaporates, replaced by the miasma emanating from the political and judicial realm. Nowhere was this better illustrated than in the hearing on a contempt of court …

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US’s credibility increasingly at risk

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BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: Though this week’s write-up will focus on US foreign policy under President Donald Trump, mention must be made to the disarray infusing and infecting the body politic back home. NO SILVER BULLET I cannot but remind readers of his column in November entitled: “Panacea, …

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Political stability, tranquility likely to be elusive

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BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: Reading the tea leaves entering the new year 2018, it appears that political stability and tranquility in Nepal – and in the wider world – will prove elusive. Though the process of constituting the Upper House has finally and reluctantly been initiated, the foot-dragging …

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The fine print on Trump’s new security strategy

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By M. R. Josse TAMPA, FL: Last week, I promised to proffer some observations on US President Donald Trump’s unveiling, December 6, of a new national security strategy. The strategy document, the preparation of which was overseen by Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. McMaster, placed China and Russia in …

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India’s post-poll reaction: sullen and ominous

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By M. R. Josse TAMPA, FL: As I finish drafting this, American President Donald Trump is to outline his national security policy. Next week, after monitoring reactions from politicians, policy pundits and officials, it may be possible in this space to offer some informed comments, including predictions of how its …

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Post-polls: Panacea or another Pandora’s box?

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By M. R. Josse TAMPA, FL: In my column from New York two weeks ago, I had concluded by offering some thoughts on Nepal’s recent elections wondering whether their outcome would prove to be a panacea for her manifold and chronic political problems or merely open another Pandora’s Box whose …

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Elections: contradictions enmeshed in geopolitical tussle

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BY M.R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: As I pen this column, the first phase of Nepal’s two-step elections for seven provincial and one national assembly has been concluded with the next scheduled to be held on December 7. Before proceeding further, recall that these polls represent the very first of …

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From far and near: a mixed bag of curiosities

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BY M.R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: There is never a shortage of political themes or interesting geo-strategic or diplomatic gyrations or shifts to comment on, or draw attention to, from this neck of the global woods. Let’s begin with what appears to be a move by Japan and China to …

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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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