Here’s a parable: I’m sitting on a pillow in a cafe in Kathmandu. Except for the Nepali waiters, I’m surrounded by Israelis. The bizarre factor is stepped up by several notches when my waiter places the cup of Turkish coffee I’ve ordered on the table and casually says “Here you go, my brother” in slightly tinted Hebrew. I whisper to my travel mate that I feel out of place. We are both Israeli, but around […]
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There is striking unanimity among analysts and commentators in India and the United States that President Barack Obama’s second term would herald fresh and by no means minor difficulties in Indo-US relations. Given the bipartisan support and evolving “strategic partnership” between the two democracies, India barely figured during the election campaign. Outsourcing and visas were mentioned but as a glancing reference as part of the poll rhetoric. Obama has said India figures “big” in his […]
Nepal’s political gridlock has crossed all limits. The recent proposition to appoint Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi as prime minister with a team of technocrats has been met with mixed reactions. While the major political parties have ultimately dragged themselves to the point of agreement, another Maoist faction led by Vaidya has severely criticized the move. This is not the first time that Nepalese political parties have disagreed. Over the years, disagreement had become a […]
The standoff in the Scarborough Shoal between China and the Philippines not only demonstrated Manila’s commitment to defend its maritime territory, but also Beijing’s determination to maintain its territorial aspirations at all costs. Knowing what strings to pull to pressure the Philippines, Beijing engaged in a series of de facto economic reprisals. For its part, the Philippines internationalized the issue in a bid to draw international opinion against China, with mixed fortunes. Indeed, while Philippine […]
Khil Raj Regmi, the sitting Chief Justice of Nepal, may lead a new government to conduct the second election of the Constituent Assembly (CA). On Thursday evening, leaders of the major political parties have publicly admitted that in principle, they have reached a consensus. The ruling United Communist Party of Nepal (UCPN) Maoist initially advocated this proposal on the first week of this month. Since then Nepali politics have stirred people and entered into a […]
The recently concluded three-day long brain storming session by the main national party in India to deliberate over party policy and leadership for forthcoming national Parliament Elections in 2014 – known as Chintan Shivir – will be etched in people’s memory for years to come. This is for two reasons: Elevation of Rahul Gandhi as party vice president and his candid speech. The nation witnessed a stellar historic address at the Congress Chintan Shivir. The […]
Egyptian opposition parties and their supporters should accept the results of the new Egyptian Constitution. There is no solid evidence of systemic cheating or massive manipulation of the referendum by the Mohamed Morsi government, as alleged earlier. 64% of those who voted endorsed the new Constitution. True, only 32% of the registered voters exercised their right. That in itself is not an argument against the validity of the poll. In some Western democracies, the voter […]