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Reflections on statesmanship, diplomacy and geo-politics

By M.R. Josse NEW YORK, NY: This week’s column will ruminate over some scattered but hopefully still relevant reflections on statesmanship, diplomacy and geo-politics — based on assorted chunks of wisdom proffered by acknowledged statesmen/diplomats. Thus, though there is never any dearth of topics that are eminently noteworthy, especially in …

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The real picture of the country

By PR Pradhan Nepal’s ambassador to Sri Lanka, Bishambhar Pyakurel has tendered his resignation. Pyakurel was one of the few dignified personality to be an ambassador, otherwise, most of the Nepali ambassadors are either relatives of the political leaders or they have been assigned on the basis of the money …

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From Far & Near

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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Veggie tales, sliced and diced

By Maila Baje If things keep going this way, the government is likely to evoke more pity than fury from the people. A matter that ordinarily might have been addressed administratively and diplomatically has prompted Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli to issue a rare public apology. Coming from the head …

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America strong, Iranian uncertainty and political fluidity in Nepal

By M.R. Josse NEW YORK, NY: American President Donald Trump and controversy seem to be like conjoined twins: you can’t have one without the other. Thus, even Trump’s decision to stage a grand celebration in Washington, D.C. – on America’s birthday – morphed into something of a political boxing-fest. Clearly …

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NAC’s plight and PM Oli’s directives

By PR Pradhan Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) observed its 61stanniversary last week. On the occasion, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli publicly denounced the NAC management for not being able to fly its aircraft and for demanding money with the government every time to bail the Corporation out. Oli said, why …

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From Far & Near

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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Insulted, infuriated and invigorated

By Maila Baje We don’t know what kind of healing Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba got in Singapore for the unspecified ‘stomach ailment’ that took him there a few weeks ago. But the former prime has undoubtedly come back with more fire in his belly. Of all the things …

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Trump leaves larger-than-life impress on world stage

By M.R. Josse NEW YORK, NY: U.S. President Donald Trump last week left a larger-than-life footprint on world arena and demonstrated the pre-eminent position that the United States of America occupies on the global stage. For starters, with 20 steps and a handshake, the American head of state became the …

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