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French Presidential Election: Most Consequential

By Prabasi Nepali The first round of the most consequential French presidential election took place last Sunday. There was heightened security after an Islamist terrorist gunned down a policeman and injured several others in the posh Paris area of Champs Elysees, sending locals and tourists rushing for cover. The Islamic …

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Turkey’s Referendum: Crucial & Historic

By Prabasi Nepali Turkey’s Referendum: Crucial & Historic Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has narrowly won last Sunday’s referendum to expand presidential powers, which could keep him in office until 2029. The “Yes” campaign won 51.37 percent and “No” 48.63 percent. Erdogan supporters claim replacing the parliamentary system (and abolishing …

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Theory & Practice of Monarchy Restoration

By Prabasi Nepali There is no simple path for the restoration of the Nepalese monarchy. No doubt, it is inextricably connected with the restoration of the Hindu State. As a small country sandwiched between the giant neighbours to the north (nominally atheistic, but tolerant to those practicing religion as long …

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International Relations & Domestic Constraints

By Prabasi Nepali Brexit Fallout Last Wednesday, the UK gave notice to the European Union (EU)  that it was exiting the organization and the common market. The EU and the UK have two years to wrap up all the questions and problems. However, the path ahead is strewn with obstacles. …

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RPP Statute: Anti-Constitutional or Anti-National ?

By Prabasi Nepali Local Elections in Nepal & Internal Developments Various incidents on the Nepal-India border could possibly influence the approaching local elections Mid-May. A fortnight back, a Nepali national, GovindaGautam was shot dead on Nepalese territory by the Indian border police (SSB/SeemaSurakshaBal) from across the border in Kanchanpur. Nepalese …

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Interplay of Domestic & External Factors across Continents

By Prabasi Nepali RPP Statute: Anti-Constitutional or Anti-National ? In an unusual and highly controversial decision, the Election Commission (EC) saw fit to remove the portion that advocates ‘Hindu State’ and ‘Monarchy’ from the RashtriyaPrajatantra Party’s (RPP/National Democratic Party) statute before endorsing it. The EC was of the learned opinion …

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Internal Crises & Foreign Relations

By Prabasi Nepali “A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order” The above is the title of the new book by Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). In spite of the title, the book is not primarily on American foreign …

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Trump Faces Major Challenges

By Prabasi Nepali The Korean Pivot: Seoul’s Strategic Choices and Rising Rivalries in Northeast Asia The above is the title of a discussion paper published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Washington, D.C. The writers are of the opinion that as U.S.-China relations intensify and as the North Korean …

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Trump on the Rampage

By Prabasi Nepali Trump’s War on the Media Trump had already designated a part of the American media as ‘enemy of the people’. Before that, Stephen Bannonhis top strategist and High Priest of Trumpism had warned that White House relations with the media (print and electronic) would get “worse every …

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Domestic Turmoil & Foreign Policy

By Prabasi Nepali Local Elections: Consensus so near, yet so farthe government has finally decided to hold local elections on May 14 — after a gap of two decades! The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) last Saturday had already rejected PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s proposal regarding announcement of poll dates …

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