Kathmandu News and Nothings
Moriarty comes to Jesus: Unbelievable. After saying on numerous occasions that there can be no peace in Nepal without first restoring democracy, U.S. ambassador James Moriarty does a complete flip-flop and now says that security must come first. So now the Yanks want to go after the Maoists just like the King. And oh, what a bit of belated insight: Moriarty feels that an alliance between the Maoists and the Parties is a bad idea. Taken together, these two statements show that the Yanks have no confidence in the current agenda of the seven parties.
Mass Exodus: Madhav Kumar Nepal has been living and basing his statements out of Delhi these days. Looks like K.P. Oli as well. Now, Girija is heading to Delhi again for another one of his famous "medical" visits. What does this tell us? It's no secret that party members are in reasonable contact with maoists during their time in Delhi, so is a formal alliance in the offing? Based on Moriarty's statements, the Yanks think so.
Wonderful peace in the valley these days. Blogdai was a bit discouraged to hear that the Parties are starting an "intensive stir" very shortly to "restore the constitution." Blogdai wonders if it is a constitution they want restored or their former place at the table of corruption.
Deepak Manange is resting safe an comfortably in Dilli Bazaar prison. Not one of his cronies in the 7-Party alliance has come to his aid. Rumor has it that he's getting together some gang money to insure his release. His Thamel infrastructure is broken so he'll have a tough way to go.
Women were breathing a little easier when Lochendra Bahadur Chand's son was kidnapped by Maoists. He's a known womanizer. But, alas, all good things must come to an end.
"Jazzmandu," that so-called cultural event leaves blogdai cold. High ticket prices and euro-average jazz bands alienate the average nepali citizen. Would much better to have a free music fest of some sort.
STill no luck in finding International Crisis Groups "Nepal field office" but will keep trying.
WISH I HAD MY CAMERA: Saw ambassador Keith Bloomfield drunk and the New Orleans cafe last monday. Blogdai wonders how the man can drink so much while having his foot securely wedged in his mouth.