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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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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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