Nepal

Chinese president visits Nepal as tensions with the US sharpen

By Rohantha De Silva, 28 October 2019

Underscoring the importance of Nepal to China, Xi declared that “China and Nepal are bound by mountains and rivers, and stay as close as lips and teeth.”

Left Alliance forms government in Nepal amidst growing geopolitical tensions

By W. A. Sunil, 27 March 2018

The new government in Kathmandu is acutely sensitive to the demands of the major powers and their efforts to maintain their influence in the region.

Left Alliance wins Nepal’s elections

By W. A. Sunil, 27 December 2017

In response to the alliance’s victory, the US and India will intensify their interventions to combat China’s growing influence in the country.

Nepali Stalinist parties form a new alliance

By W.A.Sunil, 31 October 2017

The alliance is a political trap for working people under conditions of growing popular opposition to the government and the political establishment as a whole.

Government indifference leads to vast death toll in South Asian floods

By Arun Kumar, 1 September 2017

Despite regular floods and monsoons, governments in India, Bangladesh and Nepal have not implemented any serious measures to protect ordinary people.

Nepal-China military exercises: Another sign of rising geo-political rivalry

By W.A. Sunil, 18 January 2017

India considers increased military cooperation between China and Nepal will further undermine its influence in Kathmandu and a threat to its strategic ambitions.

Nepal’s Maoist prime minister walks a tightrope between India and China

By W.A. Sunil, 24 August 2016

The political turmoil in the small landlocked country has been fuelled by rising US-driven geo-political tensions across Asia.

Nepal’s prime minister steps down

By W.A. Sunil, 27 July 2016

Oli’s resignation was largely driven by India’s determination, working closely with the US, to undercut Beijing’s growing influence in Nepal.

Nepal accuses India of attempting regime change in Kathmandu

By W. Sunil, 26 May 2016

The sharp tensions between New Delhi and Kathmandu are a result of the intensifying geo-political rivalry between India and China.

Nepal tries to balance between India and China

By W.A. Sunil, 12 April 2016

New Delhi, backed by Washington, is seeking to ensure its dominant position in Nepal, as part of US efforts to undermine China in every corner of Asia.

India steps up pressure on Nepal

By W. A. Sunil, 5 February 2016

The conflicting signals over whether Nepal’s prime minister will first visit India or China reveals a political crisis exacerbated by India’s US-backed intervention.

Mounting tensions between India and Nepal over blockade

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 30 November 2015

The detention of Indian border guards and protests in Kathmandu are the latest incidents in the unresolved standoff between the two countries.

Nepal turns to China for fuel to counter Indian blockade

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 2 November 2015

The conflict engulfing the small Himalayan state is another illustration of the sharp geo-political tensions building up across Asia.

New constitution triggers political turmoil in Nepal

By W.A. Sunil, 9 October 2015

Pressure from India is compounding conflicts in Nepal, wedged between India and China.

Second major quake in Nepal deepens political crisis

By W.A. Sunil, 18 May 2015

Nepal was hit on Tuesday by a 7.3 magnitude after-shock that killed over 125 people, injured more than 2,300 and destroyed hundreds of homes.

US sends hundreds of troops to quake-stricken Nepal

By W. A. Sunil, 4 May 2015

The US is exploiting the tragedy in Nepal to strengthen its influence in the strategically located country adjacent to China.

The New York Times deploys to Nepal

By Bill Van Auken, 29 April 2015

From the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the war for regime change in Syria and the fascist-led coup in Ukraine, the New York Times has served as a propaganda arm for Washington.

Anger mounts over government response to Nepal earthquake disaster

By W.A. Sunil, 29 April 2015

Hundreds of thousands of people lack rudimentary facilities and are cramped in makeshift camps or sleeping in open spaces.

US deploys new “military assets” to Nepal as death toll from earthquake grows

By Thomas Gaist, 28 April 2015

In contrast to the rapid deployment of military resources, the financial response of the major powers to the disaster has been paltry.

Earthquake kills thousands in Nepal

By W.A. Sunil, 27 April 2015

Though an earthquake is the product of enormous natural forces, the extent of death and destruction has definite social roots.

Nepal: Sherpa strike following fatal Mt Everest avalanche

By Will Morrow, 25 April 2014

The tragic deaths in an avalanche last Friday have highlighted the dangerous and exploitative conditions in which Sherpa work as mountain guides.

Nepal’s Maoists suffer landslide election defeat

By W.A. Sunil, 6 December 2013

The collapse of the UCPN-M vote is a reflection of widespread disillusionment and hostility among broad layers of the population.

Political turmoil in Nepal as interim parliament dissolved

By W.A.Sunil, 2 June 2012

Fresh elections have been called following the failure of political parties to agree on a new constitution.

Maoist leader elected as prime minister in Nepal

By W.A. Sunil, 5 September 2011

With no means for resolving the country’s sharp political divisions, Bhattarai’s government is likely to be as short-lived as its predecessor.

Nepali prime minister resigns amid sharp political crisis

By W.A. Sunil, 22 August 2011

The country currently lacks a government and the deadline for passing a new constitution expires next week.

Nepal: Constitutional crisis temporarily averted

By W.A Sunil, 31 May 2010

The Nepalese government reached a last-minute deal on Friday with the opposition Maoists to extend the parliament, but the underlying issues are not resolved.

Constitutional crisis looming in Nepal

By W.A. Sunil, 27 May 2010

If negotiations fail to extend tomorrow’s deadline for the dissolution of Nepal’s Constituent Assembly, the country faces an immediate political and constitutional crisis.

Nepali Maoists call general strike against government

By W.A. Sunil, 5 May 2010

The Maoists are calling for the ouster of the prime minister and the formation of a “national unity government” under their leadership.

Political standoff in Nepal over constitution

By W.A. Sunil, 17 March 2010

Political tensions in Nepal are rising and the army is increasingly flexing its political muscle ahead of the May 28 deadline for drawing up a new constitution.

Nepali Maoists hold protests to demand a place in government

By W.A Sunil, 24 December 2009

The Maoist party is threatening further strike action next month if the ruling coalition does not agree to its demands for a national unity government.

Nepal’s Maoist prime minister steps down

By W.A. Sunil, 8 May 2009

A fresh political crisis erupted in Nepal when the Maoist-led government collapsed last Sunday, just nine months after it took power.

New Maoist-led government installed in Nepal

By W.A. Sunil, 2 September 2008

After months of wrangling among Nepal’s political parties following elections in April, a coalition government led by the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) was sworn in on August 22. The CPN-M’s coalition partners are the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) and the ethnic-based Madhesi Peoples Right Forum (MPRF). The CPN-UML ministers were finally sworn in yesterday after bickering over who would hold the number-two cabinet post was resolved.