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US’s credibility increasingly at risk

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BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: Though this week’s write-up will focus on US foreign policy under President Donald Trump, mention must be made to the disarray infusing and infecting the body politic back home. NO SILVER BULLET I cannot but remind readers of his column in November entitled: “Panacea, …

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Why rock the boat(s) when you don’t want to swim?

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BY MAILA BAJE As the unification/power ritual deepens on our theoretically triumphant left, the Nepali Congress-led government is exhibiting fewer signs of having been beaten. The Maoist Center, the putative half of those so eager to push Nepal’s red-hued rejuvenation, still holds on to ministerial berths although its representatives have …

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Discoursed Nepal

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By PR Pradhan Today is the birth anniversary of King Prithivi Narayan Shah the Great, the founder of modern Nepal. After integration of Nepal, the Great King, in his Divine Counsels had stated, “Now Nepal is the real Hindusthan”. Christians had invaded India, the holy Hindu soil, thus, King Prithivi …

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Iranian Revolt Against Theocratic Rule

BY PRABASI NEPALI Iran can be said to be a theocratic state, since the clerics and above all the ‘Ayatollahs’ have a large say in the day to day affairs of the state. It cannot also be called a fully democratic state, since the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei can overrule …

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Don’t Delay Delivery Any More

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BY P. KHAREL With the communist combine of Khadga Prasad Oli’s UML and Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s Maoist Centre bound for the helm of the state affairs, a quick flashback should be in order for what led to the present which in turn might face in the ensuing times. Governing is …

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Political stability, tranquility likely to be elusive

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BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: Reading the tea leaves entering the new year 2018, it appears that political stability and tranquility in Nepal – and in the wider world – will prove elusive. Though the process of constituting the Upper House has finally and reluctantly been initiated, the foot-dragging …

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When Does Order Matter?

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BY MAILA BAJE Now that we have been so sternly schooled in the scope of practice of a government entrusted with holding elections, can we hope to be more sensible in our general expectations of what may come ahead? Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and his Nepali Congress were supposed …

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The best ever constitution!

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By PR Pradhan At the time when the present constitution was promulgated, a section of people didn’t hesitate to define it as the world’s best constitution although we saw a bloody agitation in protest of the constitution. Still, our political leaders are engaged in convincing their foreign bosses for amending …

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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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BY P. KHAREL “Every man has his price,” said British Prime Minister Robert Walpole. Indeed, individuals often fall for offers they weigh as matching their interest, cooperation, service, dishonesty or perhaps betrayal. As such, its proponents insist, “Nothing is impossible in politics.” In a variation of the same, they reiterate, …

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