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The Monarchists, Not The Maoists, Are Like The Al Qaeda

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In Iraq, the Al Qaeda did everything in its powers to disrupt the elections to that country's Constituent Assembly held early this year. They failed, and rightly so. In Nepal, the Monarchists are doing everything in their powers to deny Nepal its elections to a Constituent Assembly. And these Nepali Monarchists are succeeding. So the Nepali Monarchists are the Nepali Al Qaeda, only much more vicious and entrenched.

In The News
China aims to boost ties with isolated Nepal Reuters AlertNet, UK ....by turning down Nepal's request for a visit by Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, China had also shown it did not want to antagonise India, which has condemned the king's actions and urged democracy be restored ...... royal government was reaching out to China and Pakistan to show that it was not isolated ..... expected to invite Gyanendra to visit China ..... Political parties have vowed to launch a nationwide protests against the monarch on April 8, the anniversary of the establishment of…

King Gyanendra: A Profile

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A Profile

"The days of royalty being seen and not heard are over," he says. "And the monarchy is not going to allow anyone to usurp the fundamental rights of the people. All I'm saying is stop saying 'me.' Say 'us.' Stop saying 'party.' Say 'people.'"

I think this statement from King G sums it up. Stop saying party, say people. I guess the guy is the ultimate Panche. Political leaders in a democracy are, by definition, going to disagree and disagree a lot. He finds that offensive. It is the mindset of an aristocrat, an autocrat. His gameplan is to stay, and to stay a little more. If he gets his three years - not likely - he will bring in a Musharraf democracy. Elections will be held, but the drama will be just his way of "hiring" a new face, to be dismissed at whim.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyanendra_Bir_Bikram_Shah_DevTIMEasia Magazine: KingGyanendra: Extended InterviewTIMEasia Magazine: Interview With The KingBBC NEWS | Wo…

News Clips March 27,29,30

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March 30
Royal scandal rocks Nepal Times of India, India Princess Helen, aunt by marriage of reigning King Gyanendra, was given Nepalese Rs.12 million last year from the Prime Minister's Welfare Fund, meant only for the poorest of the poor...... Princess Helen has stakes in the five-star Hotel de l'Annapurna in Kathmandu and a luxury resort in western Pokhara city, Fishtail Lodge ...... The request for allocating the sum to her is said to have come from the palace, possibly from King Gyanendra himself, during his usual weekly audiences with former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in the Narayanhiti Palace on Thursdays....... Some say Deuba - who was sacked by the king in 2002, re-appointed last year, and then dismissed again after a royal takeover last month - had granted the request hoping to remain on the right side of the King.Pakistan offers Nepal $5m trade credit, free trade pact Daily Times, Pakistan
Court martial for Nepal officers BBC News, UK three are accused of i…

Online Coverage Of The Maoists

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Nepal Communist Party (Progressive)

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It is this king and his coterie that have been in the way of lasting peace and progress for the country. The Maoists have time and again expressed their desire for UN mediation to lead to an all-party government and elections to a Constituent Assembly. It is this junta that will not accept that roadmap to peace. And so it is for all forces domestic and international to act like it is this junta that is irrelevant to Nepal's future, that this junta does not have the powers to hijack the future of this country. It is my firm belief that in the current climate when all global forces are lined up against this king and his gang, if the democrats and the Maoists were to forge a strong Democratic Coalition, this regime will collapse. It is time we stopped acting like we are at the mercy of a change of heart on the part of the Monarchists. They should not be given the powers to set the timetable for peace. Homework time.

My first choice is to include all democratic parties without getting …

The ICG Report

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Nepal: Dealing with a Human Rights Crisis

NEPAL: dealing with a human rights crisis
Asia Report N°94 – 24 March 2005

TABLE OF CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY and RECOMMENDATIONS i

I. INTRODUCTION 1
II. the Human Rights crisis 2
A. A Catalogue of Abuses in a Climate of Impunity 3
B. An Unrestrained and Politicised Military 4
C. Limited National Human Rights Protection Capacity 5
1. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) 5
2. The Judiciary 5
3. National Human Rights NGOs 6
D. Ineffective International Response 7
III. The Royal Coup And Beyond 8
A. Arrests, Disappearances, Military Actions 8
B. Censorship and Suspension of Other Rights 9
C. Vigilante Action: A Revival of the Village Militias Plan? 10
D. Prospects for Democracy and Development 11
IV. 2003-2004: A year of missed opportunities 12
A. The Doramba Case 12
B. Leverage on the Maoists 12
C. Commitment Paper as Fig-leaf 12
D. Toothless Chai…