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Jottings and Ruminations

Reckless ‘hacktivist’ Assange and Modi’s India in focus

By M.R. Josse GAITHERSBURG, MD: In this tranquil Maryland haven, a stone-throw distance from the hurley-burley of Washington, D.C., it is impossible to escape the buzz from news that keep streaming out of that ‘swamp’ – as President Donald Trump so famously dubbed it on his campaign trail in 2016. …

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Mulling some recent geopolitical developments

B By M.R. Josse GAITHERSBURG, MD: Penning this on the eve of Israel’s parliamentary elections, it is impossible not to take cognizance of some foreign policy initiatives by President Donald Trump that are likely to influence them. While the outcome should be in the public domain before this column sees …

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White supremacist terrorism, Trump veto and bizarre political dynamics

GAITHERSBURG, MD: Last week, the world witnessed a rare terrorism outrage. This happened in far-off New Zealand, a country long associated with natural beauty and tranquility. It took the form of a horrific massacre in two Christchurch mosques last Friday by a 28-year old white Australian shooter that left 50 …

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Electoral calculus in America and India

By M. R. Josee GAITHERSBURG, MD: There is nothing like a dull week for any observer of the international scene, whether oriented towards matters geopolitical or geo-strategic. For someone who, like yours truly, comes charged with a Nepali perspective, there is always much to cogitate over, sometimes also plenty of …

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Hanoi and after, Imran aces Modi and Guaido’s gamble

NEW YORK , NY : After the abrupt collapse of the Hanoi summit between American President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un there has been the usual dump of self-congratulatory ‘I told you so’ commentary in political, academic and journalistic circles. Much more noteworthy, however, is that …

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Venezuela teeters on edge while Saudi Arabia looks east

By M.R. Josse NEW YORK, NY: The recent cascade of telling developments vis-à-vis Venezuela cumulatively suggests that a tipping point is imminent – even the drastic possibility of external military intervention to unseat de facto Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro! Juan Guiado, recognized as the legitimate ruler of Venezuela by dozens …

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Trump sticks to his guns; abroad, influence, prestige wanes

By MR Josse TAMPA, FL: Expectedly, President Donald Trump steered clear of precipitating another partial shutdown of government. However, he stuck to his guns on his threat to declare a national emergency to fund a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border, sans Congressional approval. Trump stratagem is to use already-approved, unutilized …

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America’s global retreat, Venezuela and more

By M.R. Josse TAMPA, FL: Not a little attention is focused on speculation of how the current border security funding talks end. There is also considerable anxiety that the country might experience a partial government shutdown, just as it did for 35 wrenching days recently. There is, then, a possibility …

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