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Kashmiris defy Indian troops for self-determination

Posted by celticfire84 on October 29, 2010

25 October 2010. A World to Win News Service.

The pictures of young people and teenagers with their faces covered throwing stones at security forces firing real bullets remind us of the Palestinian intifada, but this time in another corner of the world.

In another photo, we see no dead or funerals, but the cries of grief from women of different ages standing next to each other clearly indicates that they are mourning a murdered family member.

The body of a young man is held high by a crowd while hundreds of people gather around in another picture. The men’s faces are full of anger. Some point their finger as if they were threatening someone. Some are full of grief. Teenagers standing quietly in the corner of the picture seem to be thinking of revenge.

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What the Hell Is Happening in Nepal?

Posted by celticfire84 on October 29, 2010

This piece appeared on truthdig (two months ago on September 1). It includes commentary on anti-Maoist critiques from forces in the international Left.

Supporters of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) dance to a patriotic song as they block a road in Katmandu.

Supporters of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) dance to a patriotic song as they block a road in Katmandu. AP / Altaf Qadri

KATMANDU, Nepal—On Sept. 5, Nepal’s parliament will attempt to elect a prime minister, the sixth try in almost three months. Nobody is ringing gongs in anticipation of success.

The impasse reflects the deep antagonism between the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the country’s traditional parties.

Four years ago the Maoist guerrillas stopped fighting and agreed to run in parliamentary elections. Two years later, much to the surprise of the traditional parties, the Maoists won a plurality in popular elections for a Constituent Assembly. Newspaper columnist and political analyst Prashant Jha told me, “The Maoists have gone through tremendous changes in the last few years” and have to be treated as a serious political force.

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