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  •  Wishing you 3 days (26+ / 0-)

    on the recommended list and/or 1000 comments.

    The time has come to start thinking less about Motherland and Fatherland and more about our Brotherlands and Sisterlands.

    by Crowdog on Sun May 28, 2006 at 09:27:50 AM PDT

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    •  at least. (3+ / 0-)
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      Kestrel, Habanero, keefer55

      you captured it perfectly.  Very well done.

      •  How is the democracy process going? (1+ / 0-)
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        Is what we see on domestic television accurate?  Goodbye to the king and don't let the door hit ya in the behind.

        BushCo Policy... If you aren't outraged, you haven't been paying attention. -3.25 -2.26

        by Habanero on Sun May 28, 2006 at 11:24:50 AM PDT

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        •  it's much to complicated for a short note (1+ / 0-)
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          but not well at all.  The Maoists are the only ones with long term vision and a serious plan to get there, and so, quite logically, they have made huge gains through this process, getting in 17 days concessions they were not able to get through years of war, while giving up not one thing yet themselves.  A very odd peace process!  

          The political parties are as weak, corrupt, and squabbling for power as always and the people are already fed up.  They went into this with no political capital, so to speak.  The coalition is uneasy and unstable.  The people are restless.  And the Maoists are agitating.  That Nepal as we know it collapses and the Maoists take over is not at all an unlikely scenario.  Somewhere between three months and a year, I'd give it.  Not more.  Unless I'm wrong!  Possible - I'd say the scenario we all want, of a peaceful resolution with the Maoists, and a stable multi-party democracy under a new constitution has less than a 5% chance of happening.  (I should note - some would say I'm too cynical - some are quite positive, most are really nervous, but would give success maybe a 10-15% chance.)  It's very depressing to me, and even more so when instead of worrying and working on it, the politicians are running around to dinners and social functions with their chests puffed out, totally full of themselves, and doing pretty much nothing to work on rebuilding their credibility and the state's legitimacy.  The streets are uneasy - ready to roil again at any time, and the Maoists are quite capable of whipping it up whenever they choose.  We've had a few mini-ones already in the last two weeks.  And the "State" now has no real ability to use the police or army to maintain calm because it and they are so discredited with the people.

          In perhaps the most hysterically transparent move, right after taking power the multi-party government promptly banned political demonstrations inside Kathmandu.  That the same ban was called autocratic and undemocratic and a tool to criminally supress the people's voice a week before bothered them not an iota.  We have no democracy here.  Only feudal oligarchy.  The question is whether Nepal can develop one.  And faced with the same faces in power, no vision, no willingness to hand over power to the younger generation or less priviledged, and a Maoist insurgency that is stronger than ever -- well, that is why I'm depressed.

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