‘New normal’ after COVID-19

Published On: September 26, 2020 12:21 PM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

What do you consider a normal situation for our country? Were we ever normal as a country?

Avoiding a climate lockdown

Published On: September 25, 2020 04:20 PM NPT By: Mariana Mazzucato

As COVID-19 spread earlier this year, governments introduced lockdowns in order to prevent a public-health emergency from spinning out of control. In the near future, the world may need to resort to lockdowns again—this time to tackle a climate emergency.

What’s the matter with China?

Published On: September 25, 2020 03:30 PM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

How true is the recurring story of Chinese occupation of Nepali land? What is the purpose of this story?

The EU stands with the UN

Published On: September 23, 2020 05:00 PM NPT By: Josep Borrell

This week and beyond, we will uphold the spirit of the UNGA and defend multilateralism, which all countries so badly need. A world without the UN would endanger us all.

One mistake of Nepali democracy: Oversized parliament

Published On: September 23, 2020 02:50 PM NPT By: Sukhdev Shah

It is sad that despite all the political upheavals and fiery speeches delivered to the public, no serious case has been made to trim the size of parliament and the government.

Nepal’s divorce law is unfair to men

Published On: September 22, 2020 02:00 PM NPT By: Asmita Chaulagain

There are cases where men are the real victims but yet they have to provide property if they want divorce. Women are always given the benefit of doubt.

Politics and economics of pandemic

Published On: September 22, 2020 10:58 AM NPT By: Anup Raj Dhungana

Difficult times bring out the best and worst in men and economy. Priorities are reassessed, objectives are redrawn and normal state of affairs is replaced by new normal. Years of hard work put into building and preserving the political and economic system stands on a slippery slope, ready to crumble.

In defense of the United Nations

Published On: September 21, 2020 01:22 PM NPT By: Dr Surendra Singh Rawal

September is known for the annual sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. But this time, most of the activities are being conducted due to Covid-19.This year marks UN’s 75th anniversary, although the collective future of the organization is shrouded in unilateralism, nationalism and populism. The intergovernmental organization should have been the desirable multilateral forum for finding solutions to many of the world’s most pressing problems—from pandemic to nuclear weapons to disruptive technologies to devastating wildfires. That is not the case at the moment. Instead, the global body has been the prisoner of the politics of big powers.

How poverty reduction can survive deglobalization

Published On: September 20, 2020 03:19 PM NPT By: Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg

NEW HAVEN – The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have curtailed globalization in ways that the current US administration could scarcely have dreamed up even a year ago. But, viewed in a broader context, this year’s retreat from globalization is merely the latest chapter in an ongoing process that has left the developing world increasingly pessimistic about pursuing export-driven growth as a path out of poverty.

Cooperation for trade

Published On: September 20, 2020 03:13 PM NPT By: Purushottam Ojha

Economic and trade integration at the global and regional level has faced a strong headwind in recent years as the multilateral trade body—the World Trade Organization—is struggling to remain relevant in global trade architecture. Trade negotiations are stymied and appellate body, also the umpire of global trade rules, has been abandoned. Trump administration is continuously blocking the appointment of the judges in the appellate body and the new agendas of WTO reform are being pushed for providing the developed countries more space for maneuvering international trade rules for protection of their product and services.