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North Korea Now A Nuclear Power?

By Prabasi Nepali Last week, North Korea tested its third Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), claiming the weapon could land anywhere in the continental United States, with France (also a nuclear power like the UK) saying that Europe was also within striking distance – implying that the entire Western world was …

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Germany at the Crossroads

BY PRABASI NEPALI After the parliamentary elections in September, there were various possibilities to form a new government. Since neither of the bigger parties had a working majority, they had to seek coalition partners. At the outset, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) signaled that it was not interested in continuing …

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President’s Foolhardy Official Visit to the UAE

BY PRABASI NEPALI According to a report in this journal last week, there has been some controversy regarding the official four-day visit by the President of the Democratic Secular Republic of Nepal Madam Bidya Devi Bhandari to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Furthermore, according to official communications, the visit took …

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Trump’s Asia Swing: Recognizes China as an Equal Super-Power

By Prabasi Nepali US President Donald Trump has finally completed the last lap of his marathon 13-day, 5-nation tour of East and South-East Asia, and the United States and the world at large have breathed a sigh of relief that nothing untoward has happened in the crisis-laden region. Surprisingly, it …

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Catalonia Secedes from Spain: Unprecedented Political Crisis

By Prabasi Nepali Last Friday, the parliament of the autonomous north-eastern state of Catalonia voted to declare independence from Spain. A motion to declare Catalonia a “republic” was passed with only 70 votes out of 135 in the regional parliament, where pro-secessionists hold sway. As an immediate reaction, the Spanish …

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Grave Spanish Constitutional Crisis: Catalonia May Secede

By Prabasi Nepali On October 1, the regional autonomous government of Catalonia held a referendum on total independence from Spain. The central government in Madrid regarded this as illegal. Of the 43 percent of Catalans who reportedly voted, 90 percent were in favour of independence. However, most anti-independence voters boycotted …

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Unilateralism versus Multilateralism at the United Nations

By Prabasi Nepali UN Secretary-General’s Address to the 72nd General Assembly In his first state-of-the-world report since taking up the stewardship of the United Nations on January 1 of this year, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres put “nuclear peril” as the leading threat, warning that “we must not sleepwalk our way into …

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Genocide of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

By Prabasi Nepali North Korea Escalates Tensions in North-East Asia The US Pacific Command confirmed North Korea launched an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) last Friday. It also said the launch did not pose a threat to the continental US or to the US Pacific territory of Guam (3,400 km …

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