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Impeachment dilemma in US – and new Indian folklore

By MR Josse                     NEW YORK, NY: Even as President Donald Trump returned enthused from his most recent European odyssey, here at home the drive for impeachment proceedings to begin against him has gained momentum. STILL SPLIT Significantly, though, according to …

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Modi 2.0: omens and portends

By M.R. Josse GAITHERSBURG, MD: As this is being banged out, two America-related items have grabbed my attention: the dilemma swirling through the Democratic camp vis-à-vis the impeachment question, and the opening of President Donald Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom and other forthcoming travels. DEMS AND TRUMP President …

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Modi’s scary triumph, curiously downplayed by U.S.

By MR Josse GAITHERSBURG, MD: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has notched up an unexpectedly massive electoral victory in the recent general elections for parliament. On the face of it, his – and his party, the BJP’s – electoral triumph is so astonishing that it is – frankly – scary. …

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Indian election outcome and U.S.-Iran tensions

By MR Josse GAITHERSBURG, MD: By the time this column sees light of day, the outcome of India’s marathon, seven-phase election would have been officially announced. Given the significant place India occupies in the international order, it is only natural that there should be intense attention on the matter – …

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And now, an ‘ISIS’ province in India?

BY M.R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: There have been very potent developments here in America, both in terms of the recent escalation in the ‘trade war’ between the United States and China, as well as the unseemly showdown between Congress and the Executive Branch. These events are doubtless at the front …

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Easter Sunday Sri Lankan bombings: external underpinnings

By MR Josse GAITHERSBURG, MD: This column focuses on South and Northeast Asia spurred by a number of revealing write-ups, in the aftermath of the horrendous carnage that befell Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, courtesy indigenous Sri Lankan Islamic suicide bombers linked to their notorious Islamic partners-in-crime. INDIAN NEXUS After …

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A mixed bag: From Trump and Biden to Kim, Putin and Xi

By M.R. Josse GAITHERSBURG, MD: Like in the past, the week just over has been chock-a-block with important events, some of which may even have some influence on each of our lives. Here, we take up a handful beginning with the long-expected announcement by Joe Biden – former United States …

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Sri Lanka terror, Ukraine elections and blast from Iran’s past

By M.R. Josse GAITHERSBURG, MD: Although the Iowa and New Hampshire caucuses to nominate party candidates for the November 2020 presidential election are a distant nine months away – and with at least 20 Democrats either considering to run or have officially declared their candidatures – a new campaigning mode …

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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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