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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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The fine print on Trump’s new security strategy

By M. R. Josse TAMPA, FL: Last week, I promised to proffer some observations on US President Donald Trump’s unveiling, December 6, of a new national security strategy. The strategy document, the preparation of which was overseen by Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. McMaster, placed China and Russia in …

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Worst days ahead

PR Pradhan The Secretary in the Federal Affairs Management Ministry has remarked that if he relied on the elected representatives of the local bodies, federalism could fail. It is clear that the ministry which is for successful adoption of federalism, is not satisfied from the performance of the newly elected …

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Seeing what we don’t see

By Maila Baje Behind the demonstrable post-election squabbling may lurk any number of things. The leftist alliance’s resounding poll victory has laid bare the perils of political preemption as an electoral strategy. The unification of the Marxist-Leninist and Maoist factions of our communist fraternity is proving trickier than their votaries …

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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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Perils Of Ignoring Key Issues

By P. Kharel Is the once peaceful and stable Nepal fated to rulers ignoring pressing issues and those ignored bent on airing their disenchantment through less than peaceful means? Should such situation to continue, political stability and economic prosperity will persist as mere promises never to be fulfilled by the …

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Flashback: Wackiness in our out-of-whack times

By Maila Baje These  last couple of weeks must rank as some of the wackiest in Nepal’s politics. Caretaker premier Girija Prasad Koirala exudes a palpable sense of relief when he asserts the onus for solving the nation’s problems lies with his presumptive successor, Prachanda. Yet Koirala, demanding the presidency …

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India’s post-poll reaction: sullen and ominous

By M. R. Josse TAMPA, FL: As I finish drafting this, American President Donald Trump is to outline his national security policy. Next week, after monitoring reactions from politicians, policy pundits and officials, it may be possible in this space to offer some informed comments, including predictions of how its …

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Economic transformation or daylight loot?

By PR Pradhan Prime minister in waiting KP Sharma Oli and Maoist supremo Pushpakamal Dahal “Prachanda” and other leaders from UML and Maoist Center are expressing commitment for economic transformation after formation of a stable Left alliance government. They have been expressing commitment for transforming Nepal as a developing nation …

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