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Portland Report Back on Nepal: The Mountains Tremble

Posted by onehundredflowers on February 7, 2011

Nepal is a small land-locked country where communist revolution is changing everything. People are rising up against kings, castes and imperialism. Women are rising to lead. The revolution is related to the revolution unfolding in India.

In the first half of 2010, two revolutionary journalists, Eric Ribellarsi and Jed Brandt of the Kasama Project traveled to Nepal to report on these events. Their presentation will tell the story of this revolution, the current situation in Nepal, and feature video and photography from their journey.

Saturday, February 12 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm

6834 NE Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97213
(Off I-84 at 58th Ave exit or  Off I-205 at NE Glisan exit,  on TriMet bus line #19)
Wheelchair accessible.

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Solidarity Letter From Nepal: Workers of the World Unite

Posted by celticfire84 on February 3, 2011

Flag of the All Nepal Federation of Trade Unions.

A solidarity statement the All Nepal Federation of Trade Unions (Revolutionary). Thanks to The Speed of Dreams for sharing.

Solidarity Letter From Nepal: Workers of the World Unite

We hope that the revolutionary people of Egypt are near to success; we are very happy to get the news of the establishment of a revolutionary trade union in Egypt and our largest trade union of Nepal, the All Nepal Federation of Trade Unions (ANTUF), expresses a hearty solidarity with your popular movement against the 30 year old autocratic regime of Hosni Mubarak and its allies. It is my strong belief that nobody can bow before the imperialists and reactionaries. Read the rest of this entry »

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As India Threatens Neighbors, U.S. Backs India

Posted by redpines on February 2, 2011

Dr. Binayak Sen -- victim of India's 'tolerant democracy'

The following excerpts are from a talk given by Robert O. Blake Jr., US Assistant Secretary of South and Central Asian affairs, on January 19, 2011.

Blake indicates that the US “strategic partnership” with India is one of the Obama administration’s top priorities in the region, second only to continuing the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Blake repeats all the usual platitudes about India: how its democracy, commitment to diversity and its knowledge-based economy make it “special”.

In reality, these  features of the Indian state only extend to a fraction of its population. Diplomats like Blake repeat these platitudes to put a human face on their brutal alliance.

Increased cooperation between the US and India means more repression for India’s poor and marginalized peoples. It means more ‘counterinsurgency’ operations against tribal people, more famine and economic instability in rural areas, more pressure to exploit the country’s natural resources and more capitalist-driven inequality.

The US wants to ensure India’s military is strong and compliant, not only to aid the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but to address the significant counter-hegemonic threats in South Asia. Though Blake doesn’t mention them, the US is extremely wary of challenges to India’s legitimacy from separatist movements in Jammu and Kashmir to the revolutionary communist CPI (Maoist). Nepal receives slight, if ominous, attention in Blake’s report.

The subtext is that the Maoist revolutions are India’s problem to solve—with U.S. political, military and financial backing.

Stop the U.S. Backing for Counterrevolution! Remove the Maoists from U.S. Terrorist Lists!

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Milestone: Revolution in South Asia passes 500,000 hits

Posted by Mike E on February 1, 2011

This site, dedicated to exploring the revolutions of South Asia, has now passed over half a million page views.

We salute our readers and supporters. But above all we salute the revolutionary fighters of Nepal and India — who through complex conditions, through the twists and turns of real life, are pressing forward to liberation and socialism.


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Tunisia’s Regime Collapse: Conservative Reflections from Nepal

Posted by Mike E on February 1, 2011

Nepal's repulsive deposed King Gyanendra -- in days when he still had power

“Revolutions elsewhere in the world also bring back memories of our own from 2006: Call it the April Uprising, the Rhododendron Revolution, or the Janaandolan II. There is the same spontaneity of the revolution, the brutal police repression, and the public enthusiasm.”

“…it is a relief to learn from the Wikileaks cables that even the staunchly anti-Maoist American ambassador to Nepal Mr James Moriarty refused to budge from his stance of restoring the parliamentary system despite our then Foreign Minister Ramesh Nath Pandey’s veiled threat of Nepal turning into another Burma….

“No doubt, American strategic interests in Tunisia and Nepal vary greatly – while the ‘war on terror’ is its focus in Northern Africa, checking the power of China is its primary interest in Nepal.”

The following is quite a conservative commentary — marked by its hostility to the Maoist revolutionary forces in Nepal.

But it reveals (in an interesting way) how tightly our world is connected now — and how the knocking down of a dictator in Tunisia provokes thoughts about the toppling of the King in Nepal — and reveals (from the musings on possibilities) how various forces look at the still-unresolved turmoil and stalemate in Nepal.

This piece obviously doesnot reflect the views of our site, but we share it because it is of interest to our readers. It first appeared in Nepal’s newspaper My Republica.

Reflections on the Jasmine Revolution


Popular revolutions are hard to predict. We can never tell when a movement will reach its tipping point, whether it will then succeed or be repressed, and if it succeeds, what path it will take: Will it consolidate the gains of the revolution or slide into anarchy, will a civilian government takeover or the military intervene. And so, when a 26-year old Tunisian frustrated at not finding a job despite his college degree and, more humiliatingly, disallowed from selling his wares on the street without an official permit immolated himself, few knew that this would culminate in the Jasmine Revolution. This single act of desperation has sent a dictator who brutally held power for 23 years into the arms of like-minded rulers in Saudi Arabia. It has sent tremors of revolt throughout the nations on the southern rim of the Mediterranean Sea – from Jordan to Morocco, with Egypt, Libya and Algeria in between.

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One More Reason for Revolution: Sex Trade in South Asia

Posted by hetty7 on February 1, 2011

“In cross border trafficking, India is a sending, receiving and transit nation. Receiving children from Bangladesh and Nepal and sending women and children to Middle Eastern nations is a daily occurrence.”

“There are more than 400,000 child prostitutes in India.”

“About 5,000-7,000 Nepalese girls are trafficked to India every day. 100,000-160,000 Nepalese girls are prostituted in brothels in India.  About 45,000 Nepalese girls are in the brothels of Mumbai  and 40,000 in Kolkata.  Many of the girls are barely 9 or 10 years old.

“Around 200,000 to 250,000 Nepalese women and girls are already in Indian brothels. The girls are sold by poor parents, tricked into fraudulent marriages, or promised employment in towns finally to end up in Indian brothels. They’re locked up for days, starved, beaten and burned with cigarettes until they learn how to serve up to 25 clients a day.”

Trafficking in Asia accounts for a large share of the global volume of trafficked women and children.  In the last two decades, the number of trafficked women and children in Asia has increased alarmingly.

South Asia is considered the most vulnerable region for trafficking because of its large population, large-scale rural-urban migration, bitter poverty and recurrent natural disasters causing widespread desperation.

Women and children are sold, traded, exchanged for sexual slavery and prostitution, and bonded labour across borders, such as from Bangladesh to India, Pakistan, and the Middle East; from Nepal to India; from Burma to Thailand; from Vietnam to Kampuchea; and from the Philippines to Japan.

This article was published by Bangladesh Online

South Asian Women and Children in Danger

by Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

According to regional media, 27,000 Bangladeshi women and children have been forced into prostitution in Indian brothels only during 1997. Bangladesh and Nepal are the main sources of trafficked children in south Asia, while women from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal are regularly trafficked to Indian and Arab brothels.

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