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Ben Peterson: To My Dearest Detractors

Posted by Mike E on May 6, 2009

Ben Peterson (left) interviewing a commander of the Maoists' Peoples Liberation Army

Ben Peterson (left) interviewing a commander of the Maoists' Peoples Liberation Army

On this site, a number of comments went up from opponents of the Maoist revolution who  questioned Ben Peterson’s reports, insights and objectivity concerning events in Nepal.

To my dearest detractors.

Some would say that this is a lopsided view. And many would say that my “journalistic integrity” is compromised. I confess these things openly. But i only say this because if to have “journalistic integrity” means i need to echo the lies and propaganda that is printed every day in the medias mainstream then i want no part of it. I set out to find and tell the stories of the real Nepalis, the Nepalis who live in poverty, the Nepalis who are discriminated against just because of their sex, caste, nationality or profession. I pledge now to always be lopsided- i will always carry a bias- but the bias i carry will always be towards the toiling people of the World, and to give those without a voice a chance to tell their stories- the real stories of Nepal.

I have traveled widely in Nepal, I have been to Rolpa, Chitwan, Sindhapulchowk, Dang and of course Kathmandu. I have talked to people of all walks of life, from farmers, to workers, politicians and the unemployed. Men and women, Dalits, Cheteris and Bramins. I have seen the real Nepal. The real Nepal is one that is starving for change. That is why they SUPPORT the Maoists. Not because of intimidation, but because the Maoists, and only the Maoists, have gone to the people with a dream, a vision and a plan for creating a Nepal that is free from exploitation and poverty.

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New Kasama Pamphlet: On the Maobadi and the Crisis in Nepal

Posted by Mike E on May 6, 2009

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If you want a crash study in the controversies around the revolution in Nepal….. read this. And share it with others.

Far too few people in the world know about the communist revolution in Nepal — the promise it holds and the danger it is in. And, remarkably, a sharp struggle has broken out among those who do know about it — among the communists and Maoists of the world. And that struggle (strangely enough, sadly enough) has focused on whether or not to denounce the Maoists of Nepal (for wandering too far and too creatively from certain cherished formulaic precepts).

In a previous pamphlet, we gave great space to arguments denouncing the Maobadi as “revisionist” — as we reprinted the exchange of letters between the RCP,USA and the UCPN(M).

By contrast, this new pamphlet is sharply about extending internationalist political support for the revolutionary people in Nepal — and opposing a sterile, influential dogmatism that has gotten in the way.

The articles in this pamphlet form a diverse mix of pieces that, together, support an argument made on the pamphlet cover:

“ We should be clear on what we know, and what we don’t. And one thing we
know is that this revolutionary cause in Nepal is just. It has drawn in millions of
people. It has built itself an army. It has captured the imagination of the youth. It
has embodied the hopes of some of the earth’s most impoverished and isolated
people. And this is the first time this generation has even SEEN such problems of
communist revolution played out in real life.
“ There is a living revolution going on here — in all its complexity, mystery and
unpredictability. And we should know that we need to take a clear political stand
of support for this.
“ Sure, we will ‘wait and see’ in one sense — in the sense that everyone ‘waits
and sees’ how great events turn out — including their direct participants. But in
another sense, it would be wrong (and I’m tempted to say a criminal betrayal of
internationalism) to SIT BACK while we ‘wait and see.’”
—Mike Ely, “And If a Showdown Comes in Nepal….”

“ We should be clear on what we know, and what we don’t. And one thing we know is that this revolutionary cause in Nepal is just. It has drawn in millions of people. It has built itself an army. It has captured the imagination of the youth. It has embodied the hopes of some of the earth’s most impoverished and isolated people. And this is the first time this generation has even SEEN such problems of communist revolution played out in real life.

“ There is a living revolution going on here — in all its complexity, mystery and unpredictability. And we should know that we need to take a clear political stand of support for this.

“ Sure, we will ‘wait and see’ in one sense — in the sense that everyone ‘waits and sees’ how great events turn out — including their direct participants. But in another sense, it would be wrong (and I’m tempted to say a criminal betrayal of internationalism) to SIT BACK while we ‘wait and see.’”

There are typos in this pamphlet — we have rushed it into print. It is what the Maoists of China used to call “fuel in snowy weather.”

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