Monthly Archives: June 2011

Is Libya a Test Case for Benevolence?

Michael Walzer in his recent opinion piece in Foreign Affairs brilliantly poses a question concerning charitably pursued action. His submission as I understood is that charity, which is an essence of humanitarianism, is both benevolence and duty. In today’s international … Continue reading

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Political Salience of Nuclear Weapons

  Introduction The U.S. and Russia possess about 95% of current stock of nuclear weapons. There are 23000 nuclear weapons including operationally-deployed and reserves as mentioned by Gareth Evans, president emeritus of the International Crisis Group in his June 2011 … Continue reading

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Is Impunity a Privilege of Politicians?

Nepal is perhaps one of the very few countries in the world where politicians have been enjoying privilege of impunity from prosecution for years. The plain truth is that only one politician, a former minister belonging to one of the … Continue reading

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Political Tsunami

( This article can also be found on Gorkhapatra: The Rising Nepal) It is almost guaranteed that the UN General Assembly will vote on the question of granting full independence to the Palestinians in September, 2011. There are strong indications … Continue reading

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Keeping Foreign Meddling at Bay

( This article can also be found in Nepalnews.com ) It should come as no surprise that the extension of the Constituent Assembly has taken place. The extended period is not enough for implementing the 5-point agreement except the one … Continue reading

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Where Lies the Key?

Afghanistan has remained a hotbed of tension between its neighbors in the east i. e. India and Pakistan. During the Cold War when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979, Pakistan closely collaborated with the Americans as their interests in opposing … Continue reading

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Blocking UN Vote Conflicts with Two-State Solution

  The second week of May saw a lot of debate on the larger issue of Middle East peace and in particular the Palestinian plan of statehood recognition from the UN General Assembly. Both the Palestinians and the Israelis have … Continue reading

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