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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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No End in Sight in Persian Gulf Conflict

By Prabasi Nepali Saudi-led Ultimatum on Qatar Expires – What Next? The four-nation coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and comprising in addition Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), had issued an ultimatum to Qatar to accept their 13-point demands by Sunday midnight, or face dire consequences. This has …

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Gorkhaland Up in Arms

By Prabasi Nepali Gorkhaland Imbroglio The West Bengal Chief Minister, Ms. Mamata Bannerji has unnecessarily precipitated a major political crisis in the northern part of the state by demanding by executive order that Bengali be taught as a compulsory language in all schools of the district. For the people of …

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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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