Magazine article New Internationalist

Dispatches from the People's War in Nepal

Magazine article New Internationalist

Dispatches from the People's War in Nepal

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Dispatches from the People's War in Nepal by Li Onesto (Pluto Press ISBN 0 77453 2341 3)

Nepal burst spectacularly out of media obscurity on 1 June 2001 when Prince Dipendra slaughtered his parents, siblings and six other members of the Royal Family with a semiautomatic rifle. The media focus that turned on Nepal revealed rather more than regicide within a corrupt feudal system. A guerrilla war had been raging in Nepal, almost unnoticed by the world, since 1996 with the army of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) winning striking victories and strong popular support.

In 1999 the radical American journalist Li Onesto travelled extensively in Nepal, interviewing CPN leaders, fighters and ordinary villagers. Much of the country is under effective Maoist control with villagers running 'people power' institutions at local level. The guerrillas claim that 10 million of Nepal's 23 million people live in areas under CPN control. …

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