END OF HISTORY AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD:

A peace deal in Nepal (Economist Intelligence Unit, Nov 10th 2006)

Nepal’s Maoist rebels and the ruling alliance of seven political parties have reached a breakthrough agreement that paves the way for the Maoists’ participation in an interim government, before the election of a Constituent Assembly (CA) next year. Important concessions have been made by both sides with regard to disarming the rebels and deciding the future role of the monarchy. However, there are still many obstacles on the road to constitutional reform—not least uncertainty over the Maoists’ willingness to co-operate within a democratic system.
Compromise

There is real hope that the agreements reached in the early hours of November 8th will mark the end of the Maoists’ decade-long insurgency to replace Nepal’s constitutional monarchy with a communist republic. The conflict has cost an estimated 13,000 lives. There is also hope that the accord will be sufficiently robust to allow the process of constitutional reform to get under way. Progress on this goal is obviously dependent on the establishment of a lasting peace. Several rounds of negotiations to this end have been held since April, when the autocratic king, Gyanendra, was forced by popular protest to hand power to a multi-party government. But the issues of disarming the Maoist guerrillas and deciding what to do with the king have been major stumbling blocks until now.

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6 Responses to END OF HISTORY AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD:

  1. Grover says:

    Just for the sake of conversation, if anyone here is interested in responding; What are the
    differences between a system of goverment which controls all business activities, and a system
    of businesses that controls all governmental activities?

  2. Bryan says:

    Do you people ever make direct points or do you always just ask these pathetic coy leading questions? OK, I’ll bite; It’s
    a quiet day at work. I’ll even do it in the style of an old Vaudeville comedy straight man:

    “I don’t know, Mr. Grover, what ARE the differences between a system of goverment which controls all business activities,
    and a system of businesses that controls all governmental activities?”

    Happy? I’ve set up your stupid little soap box for you, so spout away!

  3. Dave W says:

    Probably very little, Grover. Thankfully we live in neither type system.

  4. ratbert says:

    Grover –

    The answer is actually pretty simple: if the government is in control, the balance sheet is
    kept secret and nobody knows anything except who the Giant Head is. And if the business
    is in control, then the balance sheet is foundational, and there are lots of Medium Heads
    trying to become the Giant Head.

    And if you think we live under either “system”, then you have a problem with your head.

  5. Bisaal says:

    More foolishness–Maoists arent laying down their arms-
    See Nepal becomes next Combodia.

  6. Dave W says:

    I see that troll Grover anin’t coming over to talk any more.

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