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2017 in Review/Prospects for 2018

BY PRABASI NEPALI Nepal There was an orderly transfer of power and Sher Bahadur Deuba of the Nepali Congress (NC) did again become the prime minister for the fourth time, taking over from Pushpa Kamal Dahal of the CPN-Maoist Centre, which remained in the centre-left/extreme left coalition. However, as the …

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Trump’s National Security Policy Hoax

By Prabasi Nepali President Donald Trump’s first “National Security Strategy” 55-page report could have been written by any of his predecessors. It emphasizes all the great qualities which have been expected not only by its citizens, but also by friends and allies – the primacy of US leadership in world …

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Nepal’s Parliamentary Elections 2017 & Ramifications

By Prabasi Nepali With the completion of the parliamentary elections in our country and the emergence of a stable majority for the so-called ‘Grand Left Alliance’, Nepal can look forward to a period of stability and sustained development, other things remaining equal. This all depends, of course, on the maturity …

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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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