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BY SHASHI MALLA *Trump’s Misguided, Racist Foreign Policy* Ever since he took office, it became apparent that Trump was misguided and that his foreign policy was racist in nature. In fact, even beforehand, he had a definite inferiority complex vis-à-vis Barack Obama and tried his level best to disparage him …

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BY SHASHI MALLA • Greece Elections: Change of Leadership In Greece, the birthplace of democracy, there will now be a change of leadership. Until the very last, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of the left-leaning “Syriza” party, had attempted to cheer up his followers and not to be discouraged by the …

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BY SHASHI MALLA • Trump Steps into North Korea In a historical first, US President Donald Trump became the first sitting head-of-state to step into North Korean soil. Two other US presidents have visited the ‘hermit kingdom’ – Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton — to meet the grandfather and father …

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BY SHASHI MALLA • United States & Iran Return from the Brink of Hostilities A US surveillance drone was shot down in the early hours of last Thursday by Iranian military forces in the Gulf of Oman near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. US President tweeted ominously soon after: “Iran …

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By Shashi Malla • United States & Iran: Spiraling Tensions in the Strait of Hormuz/ Gulf of Oman Strait of Hormuz Tensions in the Strait of Hormuz/Gulf of Oman have been rising intensely – nearly spiraling out of control – following a number of oil tanker blasts. The Persian Gulf …

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Does anyone like anything here anymore?

By Maila Baje With the government aggressively assaulting the past and present in the name of newness, dissenters are emerging from different quarters with matching defiance. That’s bound to happen when predicting earthquakes and doing satirical film reviews on social media begin landing you in jail. A bill seeking to …

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BY SHASHI MALLA • Germany: Political Winds of Change German Chancellor [prime minister] Angela Merkel’s centre-right Conservative bloc – the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister-wing, the Christian Social Union (CSU) – slumped to a record low and fell further behind the resurgent opposition “Greens Party” in a …

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Fools, or played for ones?

By Maila Baje Before embarking on his European excursion, Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli gave us something to chew on, something that seems to be gnawing at him with growing ferocity these days. In this day and age, how could there still be ‘fools’ in our midst who want to …

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BY SHASHI MALLA • Nepal: PM Oli in the Capitalists/Imperialists Dens “My Republica” (June 3, 2019) reported Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli is slated to visit Switzerland, United Kingdom and France from June 8 to 15, according to Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali. This will be Oli’s second junket to …

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BY SHASHI MALLA • Mt. Everest “Traffic Jam”: Himalayan Blunder by Tourism Ministry A very narrow window of standard climbing weather has led to deadly overcrowding from the Everest Base Camp to the summit itself. This “overcrowding” was the star attraction on the front page of the International New York …

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