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Macron’s Momentous Victory in France


By Prabasi Nepali French Parliamentary Elections: Landslide Victory for President Macron In the first round of parliamentary elections in France, the previous Sunday two weeks back, President Emmanuel Macron’s “La Republique en Marche” (LREM/Republic on the Move) and its MoDem allies won 32.3 percent of the vote. The centre-right Republicans …

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After Elections, Hung Parliament in UK

By Prabasi Nepali UK Parliamentary Elections: May Unleashes Mayhem With 649 of 650 seats declared, the ruling Conservative Party had won 318 and the main opposition party Labour 261, followed by the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) on 35. The Liberal Democrats had heavy losses and stands at 12 seats …

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World Pledges to Save ‘Mother Earth’

By Prabasi Nepali Deadly Bomb Blasts in Kabul: Tense Afghan-Pakistan Relations Last week, a deadly suicide truck bombing in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul lead to over 90 deaths and many hundred injured (including four Nepalese security guards, who have in the meantime been discharged from hospital). These led to …

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Disharmony Clouds G -7 Summit in Sicily

By Prabasi Nepali On the last lap of his multi-nation foreign trip, US President Donald Trump finally discarded his smiles and adopted a position of resistance to mutual beneficial policies. The G- 7 nations at their summit in Sicily risked unprecedented deadlock as US President Donald Trump resisted pressure to …

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North Korea Defies Major Powers

By Prabasi Nepali Random Thoughts on Nepal’s Local Polls The huge voting sheet was a sure indication that the election commission considers us a nation of uneducated bumpkins (although the literacy rate is over 70 percent!). The reason: the voting sheet did not mention the names of the candidates and …

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French Presidential Election: On a Razor’s Edge

By Prabasi Nepali Last Saturday, the French far-right and xenophobic presidential hopeful Ms. Marine Le Pen named the defeated first-round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her chosen prime minister. This was an attempt to attract his voters and help win victory over the centrist favourite Emmanuel Macron. Dupont-Aignan is also an …

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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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