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…

Democracy in Nepal Passes a Second Test

Democracy in Nepal Passes a Second Test

JULY 7, 2017 on Counterpunch.org. A Nepalese policeman helps a woman to cast her vote during the legislative elections in Thimi, Bhaktapur, Nepal, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Millions of people were voting in southern Nepal on Thursday in the final…

Syria’s Survival

Syria’s Survival

AUGUST 28, 2017, Counterpunch.org Syria’s current struggle against multiple assaults is not over by any means. It remains in a highly vulnerable state. Its people are scattered across the globe, its highly educated citizens lost to other nations ready to…

Iraq Then, Syria Now

Iraq Then, Syria Now

APRIL 16, 2018, Counterpunch.org When will you get the message? Comply, as Jordan, Egypt and others did and we’ll protect your leaders, ensure favorable press, shore up your economy, secure energy needs, and engage your businessmen. In short: abide by…

Iraqi Landscapes: the Path of Martyrs

Iraqi Landscapes: the Path of Martyrs

March 23, 2018, Counterpunch.org In the final thirty kilometers drive back to my home in the Catskills, along a vacant highway through hills of leafless winter trees colorless and devoid of any sign of life, I inexplicably recall my recent…

Iraqis’ Diet Fifteen Years After the Invasion

Iraqis’ Diet Fifteen Years After the Invasion

April 12, 2018, Counterpunch.org Some Iraqis might assert that today everything is available in their country. That’s true to a degree; if you exclude self-sufficiency. And trust.