Maoist Menace

Nepal’s nationwide shutdown, begun by the Maoists on May 1, aims to force the Prime Minister to resign and hand power back to the Maoists. With human rights observers and TV crews walking the streets, it feels more like a street festival than an angry protest....

EBC: The Beginning (Hindu Version)

How do you start a journey to Everest Base Camp? With a blessing, of course. Whether Hindu or Buddhist, no one leaves their home and embarks on a long journey without a blessing first. At the Hindu holy temple of Pashupatinath, where monkeys scamper, ascetics...

Maoists and Manufacturing

Maoist trade unions are reshaping Nepal’s manufacturing industries. Extortion, constant labor agitation, and personal threats are driving once-large factories to shut their doors. Remaining manufacturers are learning to adapt and circumvent using guerrilla...

Modern and Archaic in Kathmandu

Life in Nepal is an amalgamated existence–the modern alongside the archaic. It can range from startling to confusing to frustrating: ATM’s and WiFi offer convenience…but only when they’re working. Hotels with marble floors dump their garbage on the street. The...