Event: Democracy and Dissent

Interested in Nepal? I’ll be giving a lecture at the SF Asian Art Museum on Thursday, July 1 at 6:30pm… Democracy and Dissent: An Inside Look at Nepal’s Political Struggle Nepal’s transition from secluded kingdom to elected republic is a story...

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....

Village Return

Our 13-seater plane landed on the grass runway while I was grinning foolishly with excitement. A decade ago, my time with the Peace Corps in Khadbari village was idyllic. Sure, it was hard at times, but it was also a peaceful and communal existence. Landing here again...

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...