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Flashback: Cuban missile crisis, October 1962

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Last week Fidel Castro who ruled Cuba with an iron fist for 49 years died. This column is not focused on Castro’s life and times. It is more narrowly framed around one of the momentous geopolitical events of the 20th century in which he played a …

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Decade of desultory dominion

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By Maila Baje It’s not hard to see why an intense sense of public despondency overshadows the 10-year anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) signed between the interim government led by Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and the erstwhile Maoist rebels. In all fairness, the CPA did succeed in …

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Majority’s voice suppressed in “loktantra”

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By PR Pradhan The political parties observed 20 November as the 10th anniversary of signing of the comprehensive peace agreement. Some Maoist leaders claimed for achieving big things in these past years after endorsement of the Agreement, however, they have failed to identify the achievements. In the past ten years, …

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Quo vadis: ‘Containment of China’ in Trump era?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Last week, I recommended that our foreign policy wonks pay heed to how developments are likely to unfold in the US-China-India arena, après the January 20, 2017 inauguration of president-elect Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. It could provide useful guidance …

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(Who) Won China policy

By Maila Baje Whatever we may think about Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s 100 days in office, the Chinese don’t seem terribly impressed. Still, that alone should be cause for celebration for our top Maoist, if you consider the circumstances that led to his ascension. Had the K.P. Oli government …

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New avatars of Lhendup Dorji

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By PR Pradhan The present coalition government made by India has started to work in a naked manner in serving the Indian interests. To please the Indians, Prime Minister Pushpakamal Dahal is trying to amend the constitution which was said to be endorsed by above 90 percent of the people’s …

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Crystal-balling Trump’s key foreign policy footprints

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: As the shock and awe of Republican nominee Donald J. Trump’s stunning electoral triumph over Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, wear off, it may be useful to attempt a selective, broad-brush sketch of its likely global impact. Before plunging headlong into such …

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Flashback: What else is new?

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By Maila Baje Surely, it wasn’t supposed to be like this. The coordinator of our nascent New Force is struggling hard to defend his patriotic credentials. A riled Dr. Baburam Bhattarai told an audience the other day that his genetic code was so pulsating with pure-bred nationalism that it needed …

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“Lampasharbad” i.e. total surrender-ism

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By PR Pardhan What is the foreign policy of Nepal, one cannot say so easily. Or, it would be better to say that we don’t have any foreign policy and the foreign policy is guided by the mood of our leaders. We saw many odd things during the visit of …

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