October 26, 2006

The Nepal Problem

Writing about web page http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=3464&l=1

ok, so I’ve started looking at this situation again:
you have a constitutional monarch who, in the face of an insurgency which is threatening economic stability (after 12 years), removes democracy for his “100 days” to get his house in order. I find it very difficult to understand his move-maoists want more democracy, or even communism, not autocratic rule. Absolute monarchy was never the way out of the problem for Nepal; the army and police have struggle against a well-armed, wel-organised insurgency operating in the toughest terrain the world has to offer!
You can look at his in a few ways; the vain attempts by an out of touch monarch to save his kingdom; the illogical insurgency which is causing more problems than it can solve; the confused country which has suffered tragically since the massacre of its royal family a few years ago. I can’t decide which viewpoint I’m coming from – definitely, I see that King Gyanendra has not acted in an acceptable or rational way. His actions reflect his poor comprehension of the issues which nepal is struggling with.


October 10, 2006

WORLD BANK THREATENS TO WITHHOLD AID UNLESS NEPAL TACKLES BUSINESS DEBTORS

Writing about web page http://www.ft.com/cms/s/9fce9a66-477b-11db-83df-0000779e2340.html

No time to comment on this properly but I’ll have a look at it tomorrow!!! All i can gather is that the World Bank is threatening to withhold urgently needed money from Nepal unless they sort themselves out. Seems to me there’s other issues bar Maoists which are obstructing development here…


October 08, 2006

Peace talks falter?

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4801627.stm

Here’s some good news – the Maoists and the government of Nepal are to resume peace talks.
They failed recently due to the Maoists’ unwillingness to surrender their arms.
I personally feel they need to lay down their arms – in one previous BBC article: “But development cannot happen until the government gains even limited access to these areas, and access can only be achieved by using highly unpopular and potentially counterproductive military means against a well-organised guerrilla army”
Hence if these guys don’t get rid of their army, then the government cannot reach these areas where people feel like social outcasts. Moreover, they should realise that theirs is an ideology amongst a movement- it wouldn’t stop (at this stage) if they lost their weapons. They would gain much more respect from the population of Nepal, and of members of government, and as such wield more diplomatic power.
Keeping their weapons demonstrates their inability to take their cause to the “next level” and so spells yet more backwardness/stagnation in Nepal.


October 07, 2006

Nepal

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/country_profiles/1166502.stm

So I’ve been asked for a module to keep a blog…hence massive updating of this (forgotten) page. I hope this will be an improvement from now on..
Talking of internation development, aid, how the “first” world created or effects the “third” world, we asked by Sarah to pick a country, as things happens in places. One place that is close to my heart for various reasons – Nepal! I figure there are some questions here to be asked…So I’ve included the BBC profile of what is a poor country, currently reeling after a 12 year terrorist war at the hands of the Maoists. After meeting these guys, I can empathise with their ideals. They want to modernise, they want to remove a caste system which halts social movement, improvement and lots of interaction. It slows things down in their country – I guess you could say England’s complex class system was in the Victorian era?! Anyway, we see our society now, like it or not, and we get things done, people are free to pursue their dreams. An american dream – yuck.
Their monarchy has been a farce since the crown prince Dipendra, on a cocktail of drink and drugs, massacred his parents (Birendra and Aishwarya) and then shot himself. He was pronounced king of Nepal whilst in a coma, before dying. How is that right? This man decided to murder many people at a family dinner, before cowardly shooting himself. They had to crown him due to form, due to tradition. His death then led to the distant relative Gyanendra becoming King of Nepal in June 2001, whom many suspected of not wanting the role.
Since then, the country has descended into chaos and I think this merits some questions.
How was such an unsuitable man made leader?
Why has the Maoist “problem” been dealt with so terribly?
But there are far too many questions I’d like to ask about this country, some of which I’ll think about and do something tomorrow!


October 26, 2005

home, home, where I want to take you, home

not that long till I "pop" home…except it's not like I want to massively rush home and escape uni – far from it!!!
Being ill is a pain in the arse, being broke is a pain in the arse, having essay deadlines is a pain the arse..-living away from home and being pseudo-independent is good. Learning to live with other ppl and deal more "pleasantly" with them, haha!
anyways, can't wait to pop home and collect some more stuff-minimalism isn't suiting me right now!!!

October 25, 2005

post–birthday post hehe i laugh at myself

Follow-up to The First Post from Pants' Page!!!!

oh yeah and a little something extra.
was my bday yesterday – it's no fun being ill at uni on your birthday! Big thanks to Tom, Jenni and Louise who made it a lovely day, and to Dad Sean and Debs (Tess's mum) for cards to make me happier!
And of course a massive THANKYOU to my baby, Tess, for paying me lots of attention, making me happy and buying me lovely pressies!

Ant


The First Post

Writing about web page http://www.welovetheiraqiinformationminister.com

Hello all. It's not a massively omenous (is that how you spell it?!) ominous is perhaps the correct way. Anyways, "First Post" does relate to the "Last Post" but I'm not viewing Uni as a war of attrition. Sit back and relax. Well I'm trying to do that, and get everything done, but I feel I'm a half-measure half-being ce moment. Can't immerse myself in studies cos wanna practise snooker and improve-cant do that cos ive got other sports to do, wanna go gym 3 times a week-cant do that cos friends to meet who i wanna improve relationships with, both flatmates and coursemates – wanna do groundfighting but no time or place to do it, wanna go boxing but ill at mo and have no energy to train – wanna make sure i pay all my friends, EVERYWHERE enough attention but feel i cant even pay myself enough attention – hence ILL! i never get ill
this is annoying, but im happy!!!
signing off
A.Rose

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