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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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Sino-Indian standoff: some serious food for thought

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BY M.R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: More than two months after the standoff began between India and China – linked to a territorial dispute between China and Bhutan over a Himalayan plateau – flickers of interest on the subject are beginning to surface here in the media. As the key elements …

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Green cards, North Korean threat and India’s retreat

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BY M.R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: American President Donald Trump last Wednesday endorsed a new bill in the Senate aimed at lopping legal immigration levels in half over a decade. This represents a dramatic potential change to policies that have remained in place for more than 50 years. Trump appeared with …

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Trump mired in political, administrative morass

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BY M.R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: There has never been a week that has been placid since Donald J. Trump became president. By any reckoning, the past seven days or so will go down as one of the most momentous periods of his administration. So many turbulent developments affecting Trump have …

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‘Russia first’, American hero and boundary claims

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BY M.R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ doctrine is roundly reviled in myriad political and academic circles but celebrated in many others. While debate and discussion on that policy mantra will probably continue for long, I believe some thoughts on the theme by Washington Post columnist Michael …

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Pyongyang threat revisited and turmoil in the Himalayas

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BY M.R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: President Donald Trump is never beyond the spotlight – or out of the periphery of a perfect political storm, as suggested by the bagful of problems set off by the flap created by revelations of his eldest son Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian …

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