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UN: Myanmar waging “Ethnic Cleansing”

By Prabasi Nepali Exodus of Rohingya from Myanmar Ever since independence from British rule, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has struggled to integrate its various minorities, including the Shan, Karen, Rohingya, Mon, Chin, Kachin and ethnic Chinese. During the British imperial administration, the Muslim Rohingya was the main ethnic group …

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Massacre in Myanmar

By Prabasi Nepali Myanmar/Rakhine State: Horrific Humanitarian Crisis The Rohingya in Rakhine State in north-eastern Myanmar (former Burma), have been branded as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh. They have been mostly denied citizenship in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which has many other ethnic minorities. In the continuing period of violence, 40,000 Rohingya …

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Yemen: Unprecedented Humanitarian Crisis

By Prabasi Nepali The civil war between the North and South in Yemen rages on and now even a cholera epidemic has broken out ravaging the war-torn country. Over the past two years, more than 10,000 people have been killed and three million displaced amid the Saudi-led coalition’s relentless air …

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Indian Dams Causing Death & Destruction Through Floods

By Prabasi Nepali Indian Dams & Embankments Causing Death & Destruction through Floods India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba last Friday and expressed deep grief over the loss of life and property due to recent floods and landslides. Modi also pledged to provide Rs 250 …

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Sino-Indian Border Confrontation: National Security Threat to Nepal?

By Prabasi Nepali Sino-Indian Doklam Standoff:  National Security Threat to Nepal? Media reports persist in referring to the Sino-Indian border standoff in the “trilateral” “Doklam Plateau” in the “Sikkim Sector”. The border dispute is not “trilateral” and is nowhere in the so-called “Sikkim Sector”. It is squarely situated in the …

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Doklam Standoff Between the Dragon & the Tiger

By Prabasi Nepali Sino-Indian Border Standoff: Rising Rhetoric & Tensions Very near the Sikkim/India – Tibet/China – Bhutan tri-junction, and abutting the geo-strategic “Siliguri Corridor” or “Chicken’s Neck” Passageway (connecting the main bulk of India to its North-Eastern States (on the borders of China and Myanmar) in India (south of …

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Eternal ‘Kaalratri’

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By P. Kharel For the proponents of constitutional monarchy and democracy, Rana oligarchy was a “kaalratri” [dark period]; to the champions of multi-party polity, partyless Panchayat decades were a “kaalratri”; to the Maoists, the 1990-2005 years were a “kaalratri”; and to most Nepalis, today, the “loktantrik” decade has been a …

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Pakistan’s Political Chaos That Wasn’t

By Prabasi Nepali Last Friday, Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office (as MP, and ipso facto as PM) over undeclared assets. However, unlike the assessment of various (quack) experts, the nuclear-armed South Asian nation did not plunge into political turmoil after a long period of relative …

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Diplomatic Solution to Persian Gulf Conflict?

By Prabasi Nepali US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had talks with foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia and its three Arab allies (Egypt, Bahrain, UAE/United Arab Emirates) in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah last Wednesday over how to end the over one month conflict with Qatar (all states …

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