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U.S. Marine Team Trains Nepal’s Reactionary Army

Posted by Mike E on September 19, 2008

A Nepal Army soldier executes a shoulder throw on Staff Sgt. Gregory B. Popejoy, a military police Marine with the Marine Corps Base Camp Butler Provost Marshal's Office Sept. 5 during a martial arts demonstration at a subject matter expert exchange in Kathmandu, Nepal. The SMEE was the second of its kind between the Nepal Army and Okinawa-based Marines. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Michael A. Bianco).

A Nepal Army soldier executes a shoulder throw on Staff Sgt. Gregory B. Popejoy, a military police Marine with the Marine Corps Base Camp Butler Provost Marshal

Clearly U.S. military involvement with the National Army of Nepal (the reactionary former Royal Army) represents a major provocations — and a threat of U.S. intrigues against the revolution. This article appears on the Marine in Japan website. Another article also appeared. Thanks to hegemonik pointing it out.

Nepal Army, US Marines toss ideas around in Kathmandu 

By Lance Cpl. Michael A. Bianco KATHMANDU, Nepal (Sept. 19, 2008)

A team of 75 Nepal Army soldiers and seven Okinawa-based Marines met in Kathmandu, Nepal, for a subject matter expert exchange Sept. 1-13. The SMEE is the second of its kind in as many years.

During the SMEE, 40 Nepal Army military policemen engaged with four Marine Corps Base Camp Butler military police Marines and investigators with the Criminal Investigative Division. Simultaneously, 35 commanders from various units throughout Nepal and soldiers with the Nepal Army Directorate of Public Relations interacted with three Marines and the deputy director from the III Marine Expeditionary Force/Marine Corps Bases Japan Consolidated Public Affairs Office.

The Nepalese military police used two classrooms, while all 35 officers and soldiers with the Nepal Army DPR were located in a single venue. Investigators with the Nepal Army attended classes with CID Marines. Nepalese security forces interacted with Marines assigned to Camp Butler’s Special Reaction Team.

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Outrage: Convicted for T-Shirts Promoting Radical Groups

Posted by Mike E on September 19, 2008

The following story is an outrage. And it is also a sober insight into the seriousness of the post-911 “anti-terrorist” laws, and the ways they can be used to target supporters of groups that are not, in any real sense, “terrorists.” We urge you to post this article on discussion groups, and invite people to discuss these events. A valuable background piece appeared earlier in the Guardian.

Danish court jails six in terror T-shirts case: Radical chic ends up in prison wear

By Joe Fay (September 19, 2008)

A Danish court jailed five people for selling T-shirts to finance Palestinian and Colombian ‘terror’ organizations yesterday, suggesting the wrong clothing choice could land you in a orange jump suit in the future.

Defence lawyers for the T-shirt floggers said they would appeal the decision, all the way to Europe if necessary.

Six people in all were convicted of selling the T-shirts, and other apparel including caps, which proclaimed support for the Armed Forces of Colombia and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, both of which are classed as terrorist organizations by both the US and EU.

Five people from the company Fighters + Lovers received sentences of between 60 days and six months for producing and selling the offending shirts, while a sixth person got 60 days for allowing the group to use his server for their website, according to the EU Observer.

A seventh defendant, who promoted the T-shirts on his hot dog stand, was acquitted.

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Images of Nepal Maoists’ Supporters

Posted by Mike E on September 19, 2008

the following photos were gathered on United We Blog by Dinesh Wagle

Pictures from a major event in Kathmandu where Maoist leader Prachanda spoke for the first time.

Maoist affiliated women on the back stage put on make up and do their hairs before going on the state to perform dance. The show clearly belonged to Prachanda because it was organized specially for him. Maoists wanted to make it high sounding and portray the event as a really big thing. They also wanted to portray their leader Prachanda as the Next Big Thing in Nepali politics. Krishna Bahadur Mahara’s introductory note, two minutes before he invited Prachanda on the mike, were full of adjectives and praises for Prachanda. I mean even Prachanda must have felt uncomfortable with such words. All central members of the party seated on the dais were presented with a garland of marigold except Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and Prachanda. Dr. Bhattarai had two garlands where as Prachanda had three. Prachanda removed the garlands a few minutes before taking on to the mike.

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