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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/10/us-peace-corps-volunteers-return-to-nepal/
US Peace Corps volunteers return to Nepal
 Published September 10, 2012
KATMANDU, Nepal –  U.S. Peace Corps volunteers have returned to Nepal eight years after they left due to a communist insurgency.
 
The U.S. Embassy in Katmandu said 20 Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in the country on Sunday. They will be working on food security, sanitation and health projects in different locations in this Himalayan nation.
 
The Peace Corps withdrew volunteers from Nepal in 2004 citing security concerns as Maoist rebels fought government troops.
 
The Maoists joined the peace process in 2006 and gave up their armed revolt. The Maoists' deputy leader Baburam Bhattarai now leads a coalition government.
 
The U.S. announced last week it was removing the Maoists from its list of terrorist groups.

http://widget.demotix.com/news/208765/first-day-nepal-maoist-mass-strike

First Day of Nepal Maoist Mass Strike

December 20th, 2009 by Nabin Baral


http://southasiarev.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/nepal-maoists-to-set-up-peoples-volunteers/

Nepal: Maoists to set up People’s Volunteers
Posted by Harry Sims on March 15, 2011



PALPA, March 6: Maoists have stepped up efforts to create yet another combative force called “People´s Volunteers Group” as part of their preparations for “people´s revolt” with the party planning to mobilize some five hundred thousand youths for “people´s service”. According to the leaders of the party, the youths would also be deployed to foil any attempts of reactionaries against the peace process and constitution-drafting

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Maoists-get-Home-Affairs-Ministry-amid-fears-of-new-violence-21489.html



05/06/2011 14:58
NEPAL
Maoists get Home Affairs Ministry amid fears of new violence
by Kalpit Parajuli
Maoists now will be in charge of the country’s internal security. The appointment is the result of a secret deal between Communist PM Khanal and Maoist leaders. The party representing the former guerrilla fighters also controls 19,000 armed men.

http://www.nepalitimes.com/issue/2010/04/02/Nation/16953


POPPY FIELDS FOREVER: Police destroying an opium poppy field in Bishrampur of Parsa last month. Despite token action like this, opium and cannabis cultivation would not be possible without police and political protection.


The parallels with Afghanistan are already frightening in the Nepal Tarai: criminality, impunity, the absence of the state, corruption and militancy. Acres upon acres of white poppy flowers now complete the picture.

Just as in Afghanistan, it is difficult to tell the difference between political militancy, criminality and terrorism. Police estimate that up to 2500 bighas (4175 acres) of farms in Bara and Parsa are growing poppies. That is enough to produce 30,000 kg of opium, which can be refined into 3.5 tons of heroin. Officials estimate that Nepal is now exporting nearly Rs 3 billion worth of opium.
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"It is clear that Nepal is not just a transit for the drug trade, but is emerging as a major producer," warns former police AIG, Keshab Baral
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"This is exactly what happened in Afghanistan," explains police superintendent Devendra Subedi, who was an adviser for the UN in Afghanistan till 2007. "There is political instability, law and order have collapsed, there is no investment. We are on the same path."
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http://www.mikeldunham.blogs.com/mikeldunham/2010/09/nepals-disturbing-increase-in-opium-production.html
Nepal’s disturbing increase in opium production
September 28, 2010

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The scenario of opium production and trafficking in the world has changed significantly this decade, according to experts.
 
The Golden Triangle covering parts of Burma, Thailand and Laos has switched to synthetic drugs in view of the low costs and ease in trafficking.
 
International trafficking rings dealing in opium are settling in India to take advantage of the legal provision there permitting opium production for medicinal purposes. “The dynamics in India is easily reflected in Nepal due to proximity and the open border,” said DIG Malla.
 
Meanwhile, some experts also hold that with the acceleration of army operations in Afghanistan to curtail the chief financial source of the Taliban, namely opium production, trafficking rackets might be eyeing countries like Nepal where the law and order situation is weak. Afghanistan is the nucleus of the Golden Crescent zone
 
“Such a possibility cannot be ruled out,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Diwas Udas, who has decade-long experience working with NCLEU.
 
UNDOC´s inspection team had pointed out the need for improving law and order in the affected zones through political commitment to curbing the escalating cultivation of opium, said Under-Secretary Dahal.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120514/jsp/bengal/story_15486136.jsp
May 14 , 2012

Police destroy Maoist opium crop Nepal.

http://makanaka.wordpress.com/2010/04/
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A major source of funding for the Maoists, say Singh and Diwan in the South Asia Intelligence Review of the South Asia Terrorism Portal, is poppy or opium cultivation. Portions of Jharkhand and Bihar are reported to be the principal pockets of poppy cultivation exploited by the Maoists. Opium fields are screened and hidden behind peripheral maize cultivation. The Union Finance Ministry in its annual report for 2009-10, released in March 2010, said that the Central Bureau of Narcotics destroyed at least 1,443 hectares in 2009 alone. How much do the Maoists make from such cultivation? The illicit crops destroyed two districts alone in the state of West Bengal were estimated to have a value of over 12 billion rupees, if diverted to drug cartels for the manufacture of heroin.

In India, opium is cultivated under strict licensing in select pockets of three states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The entire opium crop is bought by the government and processed in public sector factories for their further use in pharmaceutical industries.

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http://zeenews.india.com/news/exclusive/collusion-between-maoists-let-and-d-gang_750580.html
Collusion between Maoists, LeT and D-gang’
January 05, 2012, 18:57

In conversation with Biplob Ghosal of Zeenews.com, former military intelligence officer and ex-Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officer, RSN Singh cautions India about the challenge that emanates from its own soil, i.e., the violence-infested threat from Maoists. Singh also gives a detailed view of the foreign connection to the insurgency.
 
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Biplob: What about the foreign aid to Maoists? India is concerned about aid possibly coming to Indian Maoists from Nepal and China.
 
Singh: Earlier when people said there is direct involvement of China in assisting Maoists, nobody believed it and said there was no proof, but now there is ample proof. There are Maoist leaders who are going to Yunan province of China for training and arms and ammunitions. In Myanmar’s Kachin province, China have provided a weapon manufacturing facility, which produces replica of AK 47 rifles, which are supplied to the Maoists.
 
There is a collusion between Maoists, insurgents of the northeast and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and as time passes, these linkages will go stronger and therefore we have a huge internal security problem at hand.
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There are Europe based organisations which are funding them - same organisations which were funding in Nepal and The Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organizations of South Asia (CCOMPOSA) is also financially assisting them.
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Maoists have linkages with the Dawood gang as well. Not only this, Maoists have also got into drug racket. They have even been forcing people to cultivate opium. So it is a huge nexus which is emerging.
 
As far as China is concerned, let’s not forget the example of Nepal. When Nepal’s arms resurrection by the Maoists was at its peak, Chinese authorities kept saying they had nothing to do with it.  However, after Prachanda came to power, he was invited to Beijing Olympics. Following this, there were flurry of official and unofficial visits of Chinese delegates to Nepal.
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http://blogs.wsj.com/corruption-currents/2012/09/06/us-removes-nepalese-maoist-group-from-terror-list/
US Removes Nepalese Maoist Group from Terror List
September 6, 2012, 1:42 PM
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“Today’s delisting does not seek to overlook or forget the party’s violent past, but rather looks ahead towards the party’s continued engagement in a peaceful, democratic political dialogue in Nepal,” the statement said.
 
The removal of the designations releases the group’s blocked property and assets in the U.S., and American entities can do business with it without obtaining a license to do so.

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http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htproc/20120111.aspx
China And Pakistan Supply Indian Maoists
 
January 11, 2012: Even as China continues to harass India on security and diplomat issues, the Indian intelligence agencies have come up with far more disturbing reports which have huge implications for India’s national security.

 These classified reports reveal that Maoist leaders have been secretly visiting China’s Yunan province for arms training and China has set up a weapon manufacturing facility in Myanmar’s Kachin province. The Kachin factory produces near-exact replicas of AK 47 rifles which are supplied to the Maoists. The Indian government has long been aware that the Maoists are equipped with sophisticated weaponry, and now the source is known.

 Even more dangerous is the growing proximity of the Maoists with Pakistan based Islamic terror group Lashkar-i-Taiba and terrorist leader Dawood Ibrahim. The Indian Maoists have also cooperated with Islamic terrorist run, drug operations. Several Indian states report that Maoists are pressuring local farmers to grow poppy (for opium and heroin) on their farms.

Maoists now talk of working with Islamic terrorists (who want to make Kashmir part of Pakistan), Kashmiri separatists, and Islamic radical groups determined to make India a Moslem state. The Maoists seek to make India a communist dictatorship and are willing to work with other anti-Indian groups, even if those groups have goals that ultimately clash with those of the Maoists.

The Maoists have declared their goal of overthrowing the government in New Delhi in two decades, though these plans are mere day dreams, given the fact that the Maoists have of late lost several key leaders. The Indian government has declared Left Wing Extremism, another name for Maoists, as the single biggest internal security challenge for India.

 However, the pace at which the Maoists have been reaching out to the outside world in their armed struggle against India is being viewed by Indian security officials as a serious challenge. Indian security and intelligence agencies are concentrating on the funding of the Maoists. A significant point that has come up recently is their newly-discovered proximity to some Europe- based organizations which have also funded the Maoists in Nepal in the past. One such organization that has come on the radar screen of the Center is the Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organizations of South Asia (CCOMPOSA). – RAJEEV SHARMA
 
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Re: Maoists no longer a Terrorist Group ... Peace Corp returns to Nepal
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http://www.terminalx.org/2012/09/us-military-nepal-army-to-conduct-operation-pacific-angel.html
US military and Nepal Army to jointly conduct 'Operation Pacific Angel Nepal' humanitarian ops
Sunday, September 09, 2012

Kathmandu: For the first time, Nepal Army and the US military, will conduct joint humanitarian assistance operations next week in Pokhara.

'Operation Pacific Angel Nepal' is a six-day project that will include medical, optometry, and construction programmes as well as various subject-matter expert exchanges, a US Embassy statement said.

The exercise will commence from September 10 in Pokhara and will be led by the United States Pacific Air Forces.

Around 150 Nepali and US military personnel along with Project HOPE doctors, local non-governmental organisations and military doctors from Australia and Mongolia, will support this operation to help improve the health and quality of life for Nepali communities and enhance regional cooperation, stability and security, the statement said.
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This is the first time Operation Pacific Angel is being conducted in Nepal. This year, Pacific Angel has also been conducted in Laos, Vietnam, and the Philippines.  

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/29/nepal-air-crash-uk-investigators
Nepal air crash: UK investigators head to Kathmandu


Jo Adetunji, Caroline Davies, Jason Burke in Delhi and Ishwar Rauniyar in Kathmandu
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 29 September 2012 06.29 EDT

Air Accidents Investigation Branch says it will send staff to look into accident that killed 19 passengers, including seven Britons...


The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said it was sending two staff to Kathmandu to assist local authorities looking into the accident, which killed all 19 passengers shortly after takeoff from Kathmandu airport.

The Britons, who were on a trekking holiday, were among those killed after the twin-engine propeller Dornier plane crashed in a field.

Initial reports suggested the plane had possibly hit a large bird but pilot error or a malfunction are now being investigated. Ratish Chandra Suman, an official from Tribhuvan international airport, said the pilot had reported trouble two minutes after takeoff and appeared to have been trying to turn back to the airport.

The plane crashed on the bank of the Manohara river at 6.18am on Friday in clear weather and witnesses said the plane was already on fire before it hit the ground.

Tributes were paid to the group of Britons, who included the lawyer Ben Ogden, 27, from Buckingham, an Oxford University graduate who worked for the international law firm Allen & Overy. He was on the Everest Base Camp trip to celebrate just having qualified. The firm said the young lawyer, who lived in London, "had an incredibly promising career ahead of him".

The Britons, named by the local travel company Sherpa Adventures, also included Timothy Oakes, 57, a married father and secondary school adviser for Lancashire county council. He loved mountaineering and was on the trip of a lifetime with an old school friend, his distraught wife, Angie Gaunt, said at the family home in Winwick, Cheshire. She added: "He was going because he always wanted to see Everest. If you love the mountains, it is the ultimate."
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http://blogs.hindustantimes.com/kurakani-in-kathmandu/2012/09/11/busy-days-for-uncle-sam-in-kathmandu/
Busy days for Uncle Sam in Kathmandu
Posted by Utpal Parashar on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

The US embassy in Kathmandu is buzzing with activity these days. Not that it remains quiet usually, but seven mails in my inbox from the embassy in six days indicate things are busier than routine.
 
Though Nepal’s two big neighbours China and India remain in focus for their engagement with Kathmandu, countries of the European Union and US too enjoy significant leverage in the Himalayan nation because of their funding and investment potential.
 
On Monday US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O Blake landed at Tribhuwan International Airport on a two-day visit. It is the first visit by a high-level US official to Nepal since dissolution of the Constituent Assembly in May.
 
Blake got busy in meetings with political leaders from various parties soon after landing. Meetings with President Ram Baran Yadav, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and newly appointed Nepal Army chief General Gaurav SJB Rana are also on the agenda.
 
He will also interact with business leaders, human rights activists, civil society leaders, representatives from the Tibetan community in Nepal and address a press conference before departing on Tuesday evening.
 
Besides bilateral issues, Blake is concerned at a recent ordinance sent by the Maoist-led government to President Yadav that many fear could grant blanket amnesty to those who committed serious human rights violations during the civil war.
 
Recent closure of Kathmandu outlets of Pizza Hut and KFC due to labour unrest and the ongoing political and constitution crisis in Nepal following dissolution of CA without a constitution also figured in the meetings.
 
In most of his engagements, Blake was accompanied by newly appointed US ambassador to Nepal Peter W Bodde who reached Kathmandu on Saturday and submitted his credentials to the President on Monday. He replaces Scott H DeLisi who left in July.
 
Bodde who was posted in Baghdad prior to the new assignment has already served in Kathmandu twice (1982-84 and 1994-97). A Foreign Service veteran, he speaks Nepali fluently, something which is expected to help him abundantly while discharging his duties.
 
Both Bodde and Blake arrived in Kathmandu within three days of US removing the ruling Maoist party from its list of terrorist organizations. Washington’s move came six years after the Maoists signed a peace deal that ended the civil war and entered political mainstream.
 
Amid these developments, 20 Peace Corps volunteers also arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday. They are the first batch of volunteers from the US government agency focused on peace and friendship to Nepal since 2004 when they left at the height of civil war.
 
The fresh batch of volunteers will receive training for 12 weeks before they are assigned to three districts in the west where they will work on food security, sanitation and health projects
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It’s been 50 years since Peace Corps volunteers started arriving in Nepal and till date over 4,200 of them have served in the country.
 
There’s more. From Monday Nepal Army and the US military, led by the US Pacific Air Forces started a six-day humanitarian assistance project called ‘Operations Pacific Angel Nepal’ in Pokhara, a scenic lakeside town frequented by tourists.
 
Nearly 150 Nepali and US military personnel and Project HOPE doctors are involved in the project that will include medical, optometry and construction programmes and also subject-matter exchanges between experts.
 
An US embassy release says the project would help improve health and quality of life of Nepali communities and enhance regional cooperation, stability and security.
 
Though the US military has been conducting Operation Pacific Angel throughout the Asia-Pacific region since 2007, this is the first time it is being held in Nepal.
 
For those interested, diplomatic relations between Nepal and US began in 1947 and Washington set up its embassy in Kathmandu in 1959. Since 1951, US has provided $ 1.2 billion in developmental assistance to Nepal. In recent years that assistance has averaged $ 54 million annually.

[ So here we have our guys working along side pssible Maoists in the Nepal Army ??? Geez ...]

http://nepal.usembassy.gov//pr-09-18-2012.html
Pacific Angel Nepal helps over 4,000 Nepalis
September 18, 2012


Despite the downpour of rain, over 300 Nepal Army, U.S. military and local community residents attended the closing ceremony of OPERATION PACIFIC ANGEL at Machhapuchhre Higher Secondary School in Kaski District, Pokhara yesterday.  

Officiating over the ceremony was Nepal Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Nepal Bhusan Chand, Western Division Commander Major General Victor, and on behalf of the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces, Major General Russell J. Handy, Director of Operations, Plans, Requirements and Programs, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.  

“We are honored to have worked alongside the Nepal Army through our Pacific Angel program, and deeply appreciate the hospitality our Nepali hosts have extended to us,” said Handy.  “Throughout this past week, we have been continually impressed with the professionalism of the Nepal Army, and applaud the Nepal Army and the Ministry of Home Affairs for their diligent efforts to improve the quality of life of Nepal’s citizens,” he added.  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17676538
Nepal army 'completes' peace process with Maoists  
Why do Nepal's former rebels want to join the army?
11 April 2012 Last

Nepalese soldiers have moved into camps where thousands of former Maoist rebels have lived for more than five years.

The former rebels have now come under control of the army in what is seen as a key step to securing peace six years after the end of Nepal's civil war.

About 9,000 former fighters have been confined to camps since 2006, awaiting a political settlement.

About 6,000 of them are to be integrated into the army. The remainder will get a financial settlement.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15922387
Why do Nepal's former rebels want to join the army? By Sanjaya Dhakal
 
BBC News, Kathmandu

When Nepal's ruling Maoist party signed a landmark deal in November allowing former guerrillas to retire, retrain in a new career, or become part of the Nepali army, few predicted that the majority would opt to join their old enemies in the military
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"If there are more of our comrades who opt to join the army, then the political parties might need to review their earlier agreement. They may need to show some flexibility on numbers," said Nanda Kishore Pun, chief of the Maoist's rebel army
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Re: Maoists no longer a Terrorist Group ... Peace Corp returns to Nepal
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2012, 11:41:02 AM »
Note Like Nepal,  Myanmar / Burma is an Opium producer and a China Border Country, and the China communist influence push has been on for many years...and that's OK with BO  hmmm

"Pic: Twitter users creeped out by Obama mural in Burma"
November 19, 2012 by Twitchy Staff
http://twitchy.com/2012/11/19/pic-twitter-users-creeped-out-by-obama-mural-in-burma/
Oh, that's right, only Americans need free speech stifled.



http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/obama-to-praise-burmas-journey-toward-democracy/2012/11/18/4aa0176a-31f1-11e2-bfd5-e202b6d7b501_story.html
Obama, in Burma speech: ‘We always remained hopeful about you’
By David Nakamura,
Published: November 18 | Updated: Monday, November 19, 4:10 AM

 RANGOON, Burma — For 15 years, Aung San Suu Kyi waited in her lakeside villa, confined to the small plot of land under house arrest, dreaming of her return to the world.
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The gates, topped with barbed wire, swung open and a black presidential limousine pulled into the driveway. Out stepped President Obama, pressing his hands together and bowing ever so slightly — a gesture the Burmese democracy leader, dressed in a green scarf, peach blouse and black sarong, returned.

They shook hands, and then another figured rushed forth and hugged her in a long, emotional embrace. It was Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and outside gates, a crowd had gathered and could be heard chanting: “Obama! Freedom!”

The leaders of the free world had come with a message of hope for 60 million Burmese, but it was this bow and this hug, with this one resident, that symbolized the most — a scene almost unimaginable just two years ago when Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, was still a prisoner in her own home and Burma was ruled by a repressive military junta.

Released in 2010, she is now a member of parliament, and she visited Obama at the White House in September.
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After meeting with President Thein Sein, the civilian leader who took control of the country from the junta, Obama for the first time referred to the country as “Myanmar,” the name used by the nation’s own leaders. The U.S. government’s policy has been to continue using “Burma” — the English name based on the Burmese colloquial word for the country and the one used by the opposition when speaking English. A year after brutally crushing pro-democracy demonstrations, the junta changed the name of the country in English from the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma to the Union of Myanmar in 1989.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma
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The United Nations and several other organizations have reported consistent and systematic human rights violations in the country, including genocide, systematic rape, child labour, slavery, human trafficking and a lack of freedom of speech. Nevertheless in recent years, the government has slowly been improving relations with major powers like the United States, Japan and European Union countries

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20150082
31 October 2012

UN report: Opium cultivation rising in Burma
Gary Lewis, UNODC representative in South East Asia: "There is indeed no quick fix"

Opium growing has increased in Burma for a sixth year running despite eradication efforts, a UN report says.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime said land used for opium had risen by 17% this year, from nearly 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres) to 51,000 hectares.

Burma is the second largest opium grower in the world after Afghanistan.
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Most of Burma's opium is refined into heroin - about half goes to meet the growing market in China, with the rest being sold across South East Asia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_of_Burma
The Communist Party of Burma ; CPB) is the oldest existing political party in Burma. The party is unrecognised by the Burmese authorities, rendering it illegal; so it operates in a clandestine manner, often associating with insurgent armies along the border of People's Republic of China. It is often referred to as the Burma Communist Party (BCP) by both the Burmese government and the foreign media.
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Re: Maoists no longer a Terrorist Group ... Peace Corp returns to Nepal
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2012, 12:35:58 PM »

Is there a place left on earth where this country hasn't had some kind of military intervention?

Tales of the 6/11 coup d' etat:

http://signofthetimes.yuku.com/topic/1417/6101-Massacre-in-the-Palace-Kathmandu-Nepal

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Re: Maoists no longer a Terrorist Group ... Peace Corp returns to Nepal
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2013, 02:25:21 PM »
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/11/burma-offers-visas-journalists
Burma offers visas to journalists
Reporters will be able to work in Burma for up to a year under new regulations aimed at ensuring wider press freedom

Kate Hodal in Rangoon
The Guardian, Monday 11 February 2013 13.29 EST
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"In the past, many journalists would enter Myanmar [Burma] with tourist visas, so if [government officials] made the mistake of talking with journalists, they would lose their job. That is why they are very careful, and sometimes very reluctant, to talk with foreign journalists," he explained.
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Another unknown was whether the country's new media censorship guidelines – released in August last year – would also apply to foreign journalists living and working in Burma, said Phil Robertson, of Human Rights Watch. They include regulations that "the state, and economic policies of the state, will not be negatively criticised", among others.

Local and foreign journalists reporting about Burma may also have been the target of a recent mass email hack by "state-sponsored attackers", although it is not yet clear who or where those attackers may be. The email hacks follow a series of cyberattacks on various Burmese media outlets, including weekly journal The Voice and the Eleven media group, although the government's own website was also targeted three times last week, the Myanmar Times reported.
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Re: Maoists no longer a Terrorist Group ... Peace Corp returns to Nepal
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2013, 11:58:51 AM »
Now that they're communist, They need to make sure that the Small Arms and Heroin shipments can be tracked online...  
 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/mar/22/google-eric-schmidt-burma-internet
Google boss Eric Schmidt urges Burma to embrace internet freedom

On visit to Rangoon, executive chairman launches Burmese homepage and says internet could cement political reforms

Associated Press in Rangoon
guardian.co.uk, Friday 22 March 2013 06.21 EDT

The boss of Google has urged Burma's government to allow private businesses to develop the country's poor telecommunications infrastructure, emphasising the importance of competition and free speech.

"Try to keep the government out of regulating the internet," Eric Schmidt said to a round of applause from a group of students at a technical university in Rangoon. "The answer to bad speech is more speech. More communication. More voices," he said. "If you are a political leader you get a much better idea of what your citizens are thinking about."

Schmidt said the internet could help cement political and economic opening in Burma, which has undergone rapid changes since the reformist president Thein Sein took office in 2010 after decades of direct military rule. "The internet will make it impossible to go back," he said. "The internet, once in place, guarantees communication and empowerment becomes the law and practice of your country."
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Schmidt's visit to Burma comes after trips to Libya, Afghanistan and North Korea, which he said was a "truly wacky place".

USAid recently sponsored a delegation of executives from Cisco Systems, Google, HP, Intel and Microsoft to Burma. This month Cisco said it planned to establish two state-of-the-art network training centres in Burma.
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/13/burma-president-to-visit-us
Burma president to visit US

Barack Obama invites Thein Sein to the White House, heralding the first state visit to the US by a Burmese leader in 47 years
Associated Press in Rangoon
guardian.co.uk, Monday 13 May 2013 12.21 EDT

President Thein Sein will make a state visit to the US in the near future, the first such trip in 47 years, according to reports.

Burmese state television announced on Monday that Barack Obama had issued an invitation to the president. No exact date was announced.

The last Burmese leader to visit the White House was the dictator Ne Win in 1966.

The US has been a prime mover in urging Thein Sein to introduce reforms after five decades of repressive military rule that ended when he became an elected head of state in 2011.

The US applied sanctions against the previous military regime, but the Obama administration has shifted its policy to engagement, gradually lifting most sanctions after reforms.

In November, Obama became the first serving US president to visit Burma.
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Suspected Maoist rebels kill 24; India officials outraged
May 26, 7:52 AM EDT
By ASHOK SHARMA
Associated Press


NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian officials reacted with outrage Sunday to an audacious attack by about 200 suspected Maoist rebels who killed 24 people by setting off a bomb and firing on a convoy carrying ruling party leaders and members in an insurgency-wracked state.

Saturday's ambush, which targeted Congress party politicians returning from a campaign event with the area's indigenous tribal community,

appeared to be a warning to officials to stay away from the rebels' main base of support.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party President Sonia Gandhi visited some of the 37 people who were injured in the attack in a hospital Sunday in the Chhattisgarh state capital and said the government would take firm action against the perpetrators.

"We are devastated," said Gandhi, who denounced what she called a "dastardly attack" on the country's democratic values.

Rajnath Singh, president of the opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, said the country should unite in its fight against the Maoist insurgency.

The convoy was attacked in a densely forested area about 345 kilometers (215 miles) south of Raipur, Chhattisgarh's capital, as the Congress members were returning from a party rally.

Four state party leaders and eight police officers were among the 24 people who were killed. Other victims were party supporters.
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However, Gill said the state government was incapable of devising a strategy to tackle the Maoist threat. "They don't have the political will and bureaucratic and police set-up to prevent such attacks," he said.

He said the state government had ignored the need for special forces to tackle the threat. "Most of the special forces in the state are being used for non-operational duties like guarding state politicians," he said.

Prime Minister Singh has called the rebels India's biggest internal security threat. They are now present in 20 of India's 28 states and have thousands of fighters, according to the Home Ministry.

The rebels, known as Naxalites, have been fighting the central government for more than four decades, demanding land and jobs for tenant farmers and the poor. They take their name from the West Bengal village of Naxalbari where the movement began in 1967.

The fighters were inspired by Chinese Communist revolutionary leader Mao Zedong and have drawn support from displaced tribal populations opposed to corporate exploitation and official corruption.
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Re: Maoists no longer a Terrorist Group ... Peace Corp returns to Nepal
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2013, 04:51:21 PM »
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01/11/2012 – In Myanmar, opium poppy cultivation has risen by 17 percent since 2011. And according to the report, over 300,000 households in the country ...
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Re: Maoists no longer a Terrorist Group ... Peace Corp returns to Nepal
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2015, 05:55:17 PM »
bump for Nepal earthquake ... good thing the Peace Corp is there ...
Oh they left !!!   And those Maoists are so loving !


http://tangledjourneys.com/category/everest/

There are still stenciled Chairman Mao portraits in Kathmandu as well as Nepal’s villages. ©Donatella Lorch


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Peace Corps Volunteers Temporarily Leaving Nepal
 
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2015 – The Peace Corps today announced that all 32 trainees and 53 volunteers are temporarily leaving Nepal and returning to the United States following the devastating earthquake that hit the country on April 25.

The agency will conduct a thorough assessment of volunteers’ sites and conditions throughout the country, including local medical infrastructure, communication systems, transportation and other key support services that are critical to volunteers’ wellbeing in Nepal. Volunteers’ health, safety and security are Peace Corps’ top priorities.

The Peace Corps has enjoyed a long partnership with the Government of Nepal and is committed to continuing volunteers’ work there as soon as possible
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Nepal's Bureaucracy Is Blamed as Quake Relief Supplies Pile Up
World | Gardiner Harris, The New York Times | Updated: May 04, 2015 05:02 IST

Kathmandu, Nepal:  Relief supplies for earthquake victims have been piling up at the airport and in warehouses here because of bureaucratic interference by Nepalese authorities who insist that standard customs inspections and other procedures be followed, even in an emergency, Western government and aid organization officials said Sunday.

 "The bottleneck was the fact that the bureaucratic procedures were just so heavy," Jamie McGoldrick, the U.N. resident coordinator, said in an interview. "So many layers of government and so many departments involved, so many different line ministries involved. We don't need goods sitting in Kathmandu warehouses. We don't need goods sitting at the airport. We need them up in the affected areas."

The U.S. ambassador to Nepal, Peter W. Bodde, said he had spoken to Nepal's prime minister, Sushil Koirala, about the issue and "he assured me that all the red tape will be stopped."

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[Opium] Planting season is six weeks away, and if you miss that you'll need to deliver food aid for another three months," he said. "The monsoon is coming in eight weeks. So it's very precarious.
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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-11/remote-villagers-helpless-after-nepal-earthquake-hiker-says/6461628
Nepal earthquake: Remote villagers helpless, do not expect to receive help for years, hiker says
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http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/India-Poses-Security-Threat-in-the-Name-of-Relief-Say-Nepal-Communists/2015/05/02/article2793869.ece
India Poses Security Threat in the Name of Relief, Say Nepal Communists
By IANS

Published: 02nd May 2015 01:54

KATHMANDU: Nepal's communists have said that national security is under threat by some foreign powers in the name of relief distribution and urged Prime Minister Sushil Koirala to take note of this.

At an all-party meeting called by Koirala, three senior communist leaders - UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, CPN-Maoist's Mohan Baidhya and Majdoor Kisan Party's Narayan Man Bijukchhe - warned that national security could be at stake.

According to the Annapura Post daily, Baidhya and Bijukchhe said in the meeting that India, in the name of relief distribution, is posing serious threat to national security and urged the prime minister that activities of the Indian Army and rescue team should be contained.

Dahal said that India's border force is going beyond the control of Nepal government and its activities are not helpful in relief distribution. He also said in the meeting that government should prepare a guideline to accept what kind of foreign aid, assistance in cash and kind should be taken by Nepal.
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This reminds me of the movie Volunteers ,,,

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Jefferson Airplane Volunteers (Live At Woodstock 1969

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Volunteers - What was time again?

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Volunteers (1985)
Stars: Tom Hanks, John Candy, Rita Wilson |
Lawrence is a rich kid with a bad accent and a large debt. After his father refuses to help him out, Lawrence escapes his angry debtors by jumping on a Peace Corp flight to Southeast Asia, where is assigned to build a bridge for the local villagers with American-As-Apple-Pie WSU Grad Tom Tuttle and the beautiful and down-to earth Beth Wexler. What they don't realize is that the bridge is coveted by the U.S. Army, a local Communist force, and a powerful drug lord. Together with the help of At Toon, the only English speaking native, they must fight off the three opposing forces and find out what is right for the villagers, as well as themselves.


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Sowing Season Now

Now is the time for sowing opium seeds. Nepali and Indian racketeers are flocking to remote villages in the central and eastern Tarai to cultivate the opium. They even bring with them skilled laborers to sow the seeds and help local peasants. Hectares of land in places like Prastoka, Simroungarh, Amritgunj, Beldari, Sunfuluwa, Bhagawanpur, Paterwa, Karchewa, Uchidiha and Golagaj in Bara district are being ploughed this year for opium.

A kilogram of opium fetches Rs 50,000 at the time of harvesting in Nepal. Up to a kilogram of processed opium can be harvested from one kattha of land. Another reason why this banned crop has become popular among peasants is that even the opium straw brings in up to Rs 1,000 per kilogram.
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Re: Maoists no longer a Terrorist Group ... Peace Corp returns to Nepal
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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/world/asia/myanmar-oil-field-nga-naung-mone.html?_r=0
Drilling for a Dream in Myanmar
Photographs and Text by ADAM DEAN
MAY 22, 2017

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Like the other prospectors trying to draw the dregs out of Myanmar’s largest unregulated oil field, Mr. Win Myint Oo, 24, came with a dream of striking oil and making it rich.

“I hope I have the chance to be a big boss,” he said. “If I get lucky I want to open a car showroom. I love cars. Maybe I will become Formula 1 champion, one day.”

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Nga Naung Mone is one of three oil fields near the town of Minhla, in south central Myanmar, and the largest by far. The others, Dagine and Da Hat Pin, are much smaller and less developed.

Now several thousand people live and work here, and the oil fields are chockablock with derricks, many as close as 10 feet apart.
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Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5