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Gopal Menon Film: When the State Declares War on the People

Posted by Mike E on January 28, 2010

This is a 15 minute trailer of Gopal Menon’s upcoming documentary on Operation Green Hunt.  The trailer contains interviews with villagers in Chhattisgarh and with Arundhati Roy.

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Rumors about Prachanda’s Support of Koirala Refuted

Posted by n3wday on January 28, 2010

This article was published on Democracy and Class Struggle

Prachanda did not propose Koirala for PM days Janardan Sharma of UCPN Maoist

A Maoist leader has claimed that party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal did not pledge support to Nepali Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala to replace the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led coalition under his leadership.

“In no way are we going propose Koirala for Prime Minister. There should be a national government led by us,” Maoist politburo member Janardan Sharma said at an interaction programme in the capital Wednesday, dismissing media reports that party chairman Dahal offered the PM’s post to the NC president during their meeting yesterday.

The news reports on Dahal’s proposal, according to Sharma, were just part of a propaganda.

Speaking at the same programme, Nepali Congress leader and culture minister Minendra Rijal said the high-level political mechanism of the three parties was not formed for the purpose of forming new coalition and that he had no knowledge of Dahal’s offer to Koirala Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: New Code of Conduct Attempts to Divorce PLA from UCPN

Posted by n3wday on January 28, 2010

This article was published on My Republica.

Code for PLA bars flag, Dahal pix, political activity

Kiran Chapaign

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: The Special Committee on Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation of Maoist Combatants on Monday finalized a code of conduct that bars the People´s Liberation Army (PLA) from involvement in political activities of the UCPN-M.

The code had been gathering dust at the Special Committee since September after the UCPN-M expressed reservations over it. The UCPN-M had even removed Dr Indrajit Rai, its member in the technical committee that prepared the code of conduct on September 24, 2009, for agreeing to the code. “We have finalized the code of conduct for the PLA,” a member of the Special Committee told on condition of anonymity as the Committee´s own code does not allow him to speak to media.

Emerging out of the meeting Monday evening, Spokesperson of the Special Committee Madhav Ghimire told journalists that discussions on the code of conduct prepared by the technical committee have concluded.

The agreement on the much-awaited code has moved forward the slow pace of work on integrating and rehabilitating 19,602 Maoist combatants verified by the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) in December 2007. The combatants are currently living in cantonments monitored by UNMIN, the special political mission of the UN supporting the peace process. The integration and rehabilitation of former Maoist army personnel is at the center of the three-year-old peace process that the government wants to complete by May 15.
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Nepal: Negotiations Over Integration of PLA into Nepal Army Move Ahead

Posted by Ka Frank on January 28, 2010

This article appeared in Nepal News on January 27, 2010

HLPM to decide number of Maoist combatants to be integrated in security forces

The Special Committee on Integration, Rehabilitation and Monitoring of the Maoist combatants has decided to delegate the High Level Political Mechanism (HLPM) to decide the number of Maoist combatants to be integrated in the security forces. Representative of various political parties in the committee agreed to abide by the HLPM’s decision during a meeting held Tuesday evening.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has proposed to integrate 5000 Maoist combatants in the security forces in his action plan. Nepali Congress has proposed to integrate 3500 to 4000 combatants, while the Unified CPN (Maoist) has demanded for integration of 7000 combatants in the security forces with 5000 of them in army.

The meeting of the committee on Tuesday also agreed on the structure of the chain of command for the Maoist combatants. According to the agreement, the chain of command will have three levels with government at the top. The special committee will be above the committee secretariat in the hierarchy. The coordinator of the secretariat will head the chain of command for the combatants. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal Maoists Adopt Wait-and-Watch Policy for a Week

Posted by Ka Frank on January 28, 2010

This article was published in the Himalayan on January 25, 2010.

UCPN-M adopts a week’s wait-and-watch policy

KATHMANDU: A politburo member of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist today said his party has not devised any plan for the next few days as it has decided to wait and watch for a week. 
“It is unlikely that the party will have to go for the fifth phase of agitation,” Narayan Prasad Sharma said.

He added that the party would move ahead with its campaign for national independence as an extension to the fourth phase of their movement.

  “We have not devised any plan for the next few days as we have decided to wait and watch for a week, of which three days have already passed; the fourth phase of our movement that began on December 25 has not formally concluded,” he said.

Following the formation of the High-Level Political Mechanism, Unified CPN-Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has been expressing hope that his party’s demands would be met. 

Prachanda holds high 

hopes that the high-level 

mechanism would resolve the protracted political impasse 

for he believes that there are promises in it to deal with the issue of the President’s move to reinstate former Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Maoists Demand Halt to Indian Hydropower Project

Posted by Ka Frank on January 28, 2010

This article was published in My Republica on January 25, 2010.

Maoists tell GMR to quit Upper Karnali

SURKHET: As part of their fourth phase of protest against “Indian interferences in Nepal”, Maoists have asked the Indian GMR Energy Limited, which is working on the construction of the 300 MW Upper Karnali, to pack up and leave the country.

Maoists on Monday reached the hydropower construction site at Tunibagar in Dailekh where they held a rally and asked the Indian power construction firm to halt the work and leave. The leaders said the decision to shut down the construction was taken by the party´s central committee. Maoist politburo members Dharmendra Bastola, Hari Bhakta Kandel and Khadga Bahadur BK addressed the rally.

After the rally, the Maoists held a press conference at Mahendranagar to inform about the party´s decision. “We have urged the concerned party (GMR group) to stop work from Sunday,” said BK. He warned of dire consequences if the work is not halted immediately. BK admitted that Maoists were also in the coalition government that awarded the Indian power production firm with Upper Karnali hydropower project, but argued that the government took the decision by hoodwinking his party.

“We had objected to the involvement of GMR in the project from the very beginning. Now the issue is linked with the party´s national independence campaign,” he said.  The Maoist leader said the closure of the hydropower construction may hamper the development process, but the party took the decision for protecting “national interest”. “We are not the opponents of development process. But we don´t tolerate Indian interference in the name of development,” BK thundered.

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Philippines: NPA Taxes Politicians to Campaign in Their Zones

Posted by Ka Frank on January 28, 2010

This article was published in the Business Mirror on January 26, 2010.

Military ordered to expose politicians who yield to NPA extortion demands

Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales on Monday ordered the military  to expose politicians who are providing financial aid to the New People’s Army by paying so-called permit to campaign and permit-to-win fees this coming elections. Gonzales issued the order in the wake of reports that some candidates have agreed to pay the NPA just to be allowed to campaign in areas where the rebels have a significant presence.

On Sunday, Brig. Gen. Francisco Cruz, Armed Forces Civil Relations Service commander, disclosed that even companies that are involved in the coming elections are the subject of extortion by the communist rebels. Cruz cited the case of Smartmatic, the company that has been contracted to supply the machines for the automated polls, that has been told by the NPA to pay to be allowed to conduct signal surveys in areas where the rebels operate. Cruz said the rebels expect to generate a lot of money this coming elections from the candidates who succumb to NPA demands. Read the rest of this entry »

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