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Eew, we’re not gonna take it!

BY MAILA BAJE Boy, are they defensive! And the condescension. From the almost universal criticism the European Union election observation mission’s final report prompted, you might have expected a tone-down. In fairness, the EU poll mission has many nice things to say about our recent elections. Yet it’s recommendation pertaining …

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Trump Tilts Towards Foreign Adventurism

BY PRABASI NEPALI US President Donald Trump’s impulses are putting his administration’s credibility on the line – not only in domestic affairs, but also in the whole gamut of external relations, from trade to national security. According to the Associated Press, weeks of conflicting and misleading statements from the president …

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Comeback Calling for Congress

BY P. KHAREL Dislodged from power with the prospect of having to cool its heels in the opposition benches for the next five years, if not necessarily more, Nepali Congress faces trying times. It needs to be strengthened while ensuring a measure of resilience to confront and cope with the …

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Perceived chaos in America as Xi-Putin consolidate power

BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: Although things political back home are finally falling into place with the K.P. Sharma Oli-led coalition charging ahead on a steadier wicket than has been Nepal’s lot lately, a number of contradictory or worrisome out-of-kilter developments are perceptible. EU INTERFERENCE Topping the latter …

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‘Powerful’ Oli and a ‘Chinese-American’ world

BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: As winter morphs into spring significant transformations have concurrently been occurring in the politico-diplomatic sphere, both here and in Nepal. At home, of course, the big news seems to revolve around the perception that the newly installed prime minister K.P. Sharma Oli has …

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Visiting rights and wrongs

BY MAILA BAJE Our sparkling-new Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali’s eagerness to have the Chinese and Indian leaders visit Nepal this year is understandable. Few Nepalis would quibble with Gyawali’s assertion that such high-level visits would help not only to strengthen bilateral relations but also to secure new avenues of cooperation. …

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Not an odd at all

By PR Pradhan Last week, the fuel transporters in the East Nepal launched strike as a protest against the Nepal Oil Corporation’s decision to lock-up tankers carrying fuel. It is clear to understand that the fuel transporters were involved in manipulation of the fuel quantity. When NOC wanted to curb …

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Bizarre U.S. Foreign Policy: Trump Sacks Secretary of State Tillerson

BY PRABASI NEPALI “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” -Ronald Reagan Anyone following American politics, especially foreign policy can judge to what extent President Donald Trump has been following the …

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South Asia’s Worst

BY P. KHAREL Shocks after shocks never cease to chase us Nepalis. We never seem to have enough. The executive branch of government has since many decades been reduced to a pack of incompetent and more often than not corrupt while agents of the people have all but succeeded in …

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Flashback: Get back to where you once belonged…

BY MAILA BAJE If the expression ‘damp squib’ can be associated most aptly with any political formation in Nepal, it has to be the Naya Shakti of Baburam Bhattarai. Indeed, the dude himself has been remarkably candid about the dud his organization has become. So you would have expected Dr. …

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