Everything about the labyrinthine world of oligarchs tends to happen in “unexplained” circumstances. Their lives and their existence have mirrored a type of Byzantine court, where favors and punishments are bestowed depending on loyalties. The death of the exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovksy reeks of something more than it might be. Can a death in such a case ever just be that, an outcome of depression, a combination of guilt, the conscience that catches up […]
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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 […]
It is the third nuclear test after the efforts of 2006 and 2009, but the testing of a 10 kiloton device by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPKR) at 12 p.m. local time has sent jitters through the Northeast Asian region. The fear here lies in how capable Pyongyang’s nuclear threat is, at least in terms of delivery. The bomb, it would seem, is small enough to be mounted on a mid to long-range […]
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 […]
In the days after Israel and Hamas’s week-long missile war in mid-November, the first and almost last question asked was, “Who won?” Officials from both sides, commentators, diplomats, and politicians all tried to spin the situation from the facts “on the ground” they could find, as advocates for each side did their best to knock down the others’ arguments. Now that nearly a month has passed, the picture is becoming both clearer and muddier, as […]
Upon receiving this request from Sharnoff’s Global Views to provide an update on Libya, I thought I was going to write the usual, routine answers that things are coming together and that with time we will see a progressive country take shape. Today, however, I find myself wanting to break away from that narrative in light of sobering conditions which over the past several months, have finally begun to sink in. When I think of […]