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Elections: contradictions enmeshed in geopolitical tussle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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