Nepal: Signs of Progress, If Not Hope

Nepal: Signs of Progress, If Not Hope

MAY 11, 2015, Counterpunch.org. Our night skies are still battered by the sounds never heard over Nepal before—they are the monster cargo planes departing after disgorging millions of tones and tones of relief aid. This should be a welcome disturbance.

Dispatch From Kathmandu

Dispatch From Kathmandu

MAY 6, 2015 on Counterpunch.org. Kathmandu, Nepal. Revisiting a school I know well in Kathmandu city, I meet Tilok just as he and his wife, a school teacher, and their baby are about to depart for Darjeeling, Northeast India where…

Schoolboy Looks to Nepal’s Army With New Pride

Schoolboy Looks to Nepal’s Army With New Pride

MAY 26, 2015 on Counterpunch.org. “I want to be in the army”, replied Sophil quietly, responding to his father’s urging to tell this visitor about his future goal. I had been introduced to the 9-year old child a week earlier…

Demolition Dilemmas Across Nepal

Demolition Dilemmas Across Nepal

MAY 29, 2015 on Counterpunch.org  There is little doubt that they have to come down. But how will priorities be decided? Who will pay? Then how will the formidable task of securing Nepal’s homes, schools, hospitals and offices proceed?

Nepal: Earth Tremors Fading, Monsoon Looming

Nepal: Earth Tremors Fading, Monsoon Looming

JUNE 8, 2015 on Counterpunch.org. Kathmandu is gradually repopulating with residents like Anil who left soon after April’s earthquake. He explains that he returned to the capital from Chitwan (in south Nepal, bordering India). “I went for 20 days with…

Nepal’s Democracy Landmark (a Constitution) Leads to Instability

Nepal’s Democracy Landmark (a Constitution) Leads to Instability

OCTOBER 26, 2015 on Counterpunch.org. To set the framework for its infant democracy, to recognize its rich pluralist character, and to enshrine its secular ideals Nepal had finally awarded itself a new constitution. Barely five months after earthquakes struck Kathmandu…