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Jottings and Ruminations

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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Unbelievable, unsettling ignorance of the mighty

By MR Josse TAMPA, FL: Understandably, no week goes by here without there being a surfeit of important, even momentous, developments unfolding – either within this continent-sized nation or outside its shores – that are worthy of comment or deserving of close scrutiny. That was true for the week that …

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Trump’s travails and triumphs, India’s quotas and caste

By M.R. Josse TAMPA, FL: The week that was witnessed a flurry of political travails for American President Donald Trump – alloyed, to be sure, with gleanings of triumph vis-à-vis Afghanistan, where, after nine years of stuttering endeavors to reach a peace deal with the Taliban, a draft framework has …

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Is political gridlock, populism the new global normal?

By MR Josse TAMPA, FL: With political gridlock and partial government shutdown in Washington showing no signs of going away, let us ruminate over some inter-connected developments unfolding elsewhere. Wall Street Journal (WSJ)’s Daniel Henninger, for one, mulling over the fact that governments of the world’s two oldest democracies are …

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Upheaval in U.S., a Chinese enigma, and more revelations

    By MR Josse TAMPA, FL: President Donald Trump faces a prolonged battle for political survival, even as the partial shutdown surpasses the 1995 record of 21 days affecting an estimated 800,000 federal employees. With Trump still digging in on his demand for funding for a wall on the …

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Uncertain, chaotic start to 2019 and potent revelations

By MR Josse TAMPA, FL: The new year has opened on an uncertain note. As much is underscored by futile ongoing negotiations over ending the partial shutdown of government – in its third week – sparked by President Donald Trump’s demand for $ 5.7 billion for funding for building a …

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Syrian withdrawal fallout: mega turbulence ahoy!

By MR Josse TAMPA, FL: As I open this maiden column for 2019, it may be apposite to indulge in some crystal-ball clairvoyance. The dominant image that emerges is that great turbulence lies ahead for President Donald Trump’s administration. TURBULENCE Given the embittered relations between Republicans and Democrats, the ongoing …

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Year-end uncertainty looms large in America and Nepal

By MR Josse TAMPA, FL: Last week, attention was focused on the mayhem that seemed to infuse American politics even as the Democrats were breathlessly awaiting taking control of the House of Representatives, come 2019. Since then, the fast-paced whirl of events has ratcheted up, inevitably generating the belief that …

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Year ending on sombre, chaotic note for Trump

By MR Josse TAMPA, FL: The past week has been chaotic for American President Donald Trump. Viewing the overarching political landscape – from the sunny, verdant state of Florida – it is difficult not to conclude that the Trump administration is hurtling towards decidedly inclement and uncertain times in 2019, …

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