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Jottings and Ruminations

Tell-tale Trump choice for UN envoy and echoes from the past

By MR Josse NEW YORK, NY: In a week very largely dominated by a splurge of big-time negative news for the Donald Trump presidency – and a revival of the use of the ‘I (impeachment) word’ in political discourse – this column focuses on the bizarre nomination of Heather Hauert, …

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The cautious American president and telling G-20 visuals

By MR Josse NEW YORK, NY: As readers are very well aware, George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, passed away the other day at the age of 94, prompting a cascade of tributes and encomiums from Americans of all walks of life – not to mention …

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U.S.-China competition acquires growing salience

By MR Josse NEW YORK, NY: The ripple effects of ratcheting global competition between the United States and China seem not just increasingly manifest but obliging them to construct alliances to neutralize the other power. Policy wonks back home must urgently monitor the dynamics of this phenomenon to design a …

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Seymour Hersh memoir shocks, reveals and educates

By MR Josse NEW YORK, NY: This column dispenses a few samples of savory revelations offered in Seymour M. Hersh’s crackling new opus, “Reporter: A Memoir” (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2018) that I’ve just waded through. Though crammed with head-spinning disclosures and a cornucopia of big-time names in American …

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Mid-terms reflect a divided America, both parties claim success

By MR Josse NEW YORK, NY: Though America’s midterm elections are long over, a brief overall assessment here may be in order. To sum up in most general terms what is a truly complex post-poll situation: both the Republicans and the Democrats emerged with something to show for itself, thought …

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Mid-term elections await, as America split by bitter divisions

By MR Josse NEW YORK, NY: This initiates a new column, a month after putting to rest my earlier one penned in Kathmandu. As the title suggests, this will contain assorted jottings and ruminations on miscellaneous subjects. Now, let me jump right into what is undeniably the most arresting of …

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