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Deutsche Welle (German press) interview with Mohan Vaidya ‘Kiran’

Political turmoil continues in Nepal after the break-up of the main party, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). Mohan Vaidya ‘Kiran,’ former senior-vice chairman of the party, tells DW about his political plan.

Mohan Vaidya “Kiran” is the former senior-vice chairman of the Nepal’s main party, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and is founder of the split-off Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) faction.

DW: There are reports that you have parted ways from Nepal’s Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). Is this true?

Mohan Vaidya Kiran: Yes, this news is correct. The party was not talking about the interests of the common man. The achievements of the People’s War (the Nepali Civil War) that was fought for ten years have been forgotten by the party. Dreams of people were not fulfilled. That is the reason we have parted our ways and have formed a new party.

What will be the name of your party?

The name of my party is Nepal Communist Party (Maoist).

What did Prachanda, Former Prime Minister of Nepal, say on hearing your announcement about the split from the party? What was his first reaction?

It has been a couple of days since we last spoke to each other. He called me up during our national conference. He said that we should have a discussion one last time; He asked me to revoke the division of the party and stop it from splitting up. I clearly told him that that could not happen now. When we officially get separated is when I will speak to him again.

Did you also speak to the current prime minister of Nepal, Baburam Bhattarai? He is also a leader of the UCPN(M). What did he say to you?

I met him 3 to 4 days ago. He didn’t day much about it. When it comes to his political thought, he has more of a national vision. He wants to save the government.

The political party that received maximum public vote has split up. Don’t you think this step of yours will deepen Nepal’s political crisis?

There is a crisis in the absence of the executive and parliament; we have broken our ties with the largest political party, the UCPN(M). We will use this crisis to the benefit of the people. The old parliamentary system is what brought it on. We will try to turn this crisis into a revolution.

You are talking about a revolution. Please be more specific – do you mean an armed struggle?

We will analyse the situation and then will decide our next plan. Nepal used to be a feudal society, then it became semi-colonial and now it is a neo-colonial society. So we have to usher in a revolution.

You have formed a party. And now you are openly admitting that you will go for another “people’s war.” Prachanda’s faction and other political parties also have base. Don’t you think this will lead to a civil war?

We will take a step after analysing the national and international situations. The decision whether or not we have a people’s war will be based on that. But the thing is we have to put all efforts together to accomplish change.

Will you take part in the Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections to be held in November this year?

I will not participate in the November elections. Whatever happens at the last moment has yet to be seen, but for the moment, the answer is no.

Kiran says Baburam Bhattarai has not fulfilled his promises

The elections are still up in the air. There are other parties that are also not participating; they don’t want an election, they want a new constitution. But we have been shouting that under these circumstances, Nepal’s political problems cannot be resolved. We should unite and hold a conference. Forming a constituent assembly will not help the political development of the country.

Whom do you hold responsible for Nepal’s crisis?

Top people of the big political parties are responsible. Government is also responsible. People who hold positions in government and the Nepalese Constituent Assembly are to be blamed.

Those who held power and were given the responsibility to draft a new constitution failed. This is the failure of the parliamentary system.

If you are annulling the parliamentary arrangement then do you have another alternative?

We want a people’s republic in Nepal. After that we want to adapt Socialism and Communism. We don’t accept the present parliamentary arrangement.

What do you think is India’s role in Nepal?

India does not have a positive role. Nepal is a neo-colonial state. According to our analysis, the ruling classes of India and Nepal are working together and are exploiting the people of Nepal.

The leaders of the UCPN(M) have been considered corrupt. It has all been talked about in whispers. What is your say on this?

I would not like to talk much about it. But the financial transparency that is required is not there.

What is your next step?

There will be a meeting of the Central Committee. We will run a campaign for party and national independence. I will participate in the preparation of the movement and will establish discipline in the party.

How would you evaluate the tenure of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai?

See, his promise of forming a people’s liberation army has not been fulfilled. He also talked about creating a constitution in favor of the people, but at this, too, he has failed. He has not been successful at conducting politics in favor of the people of Nepal.

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The forces of genocidal Sinhala State in Sri Lanka fatally attacked Eezham Tamil prisoners of war kept in the prison at Vavuniyaa on Friday. Heads and limbs broken, more than 15 of the prisoners are admitted in Anuradhapura hospital after removing them from Vavuniyaa. The condition of some of them are said to be serious. The prisoners were protesting for the last few days over the torture and disappearance of a prison mate Mr. Saravanabhavan who was taken to Anuradhapura by the SL forces. Finding their peaceful fasting campaign responded with oppression, the enraged prisoners captured three of the prison officials and were demanding the return of Saravanabhavan for their release. In a well-planned operation on Friday, SL forces that entered into the prison, first deployed tear gas shells, plastic bullets and water canon, before brutally attacking the prisoners causing fatal injuries.

Most of the involved prisoners are actually prisoners of war as they were kept there for their alleged former membership with the LTTE.

Mr. Saravanabhavan who was taken away from the rest to Anuradhapura a few days ago, was once brought back after severe torture to tell the story to the other inmates. He was again taken away and was missing.

When the prisoners entered into a fasting campaign they were forced to take food. The three Sinhala prison officials who were captured had gone inside the cells to force-feed the prisoners.

The prison officials were not harmed, but the prisoners were demanding the return of the missing prisoner.

A SL judge is said to have entered into negotiation for the release of the prison officials but the prisoners were firm on knowing what had happened to Mr. Saravanabhavan. The prisoners wanted evidence if he was alive.

After a 24-hour stalemate, elite soldiers of the SL military and the commandos of the notorious Special Task Force that entered into the prison brutally attacked the prisoners.

Attempting to cover up the incident from media and public, the prison officials did not admit the wounded in Vavuniyaa hospital, but took them to the hospital at Anuradhapura. Apart from those who were seriously wounded, the other prisoners too have been transferred to Anuradhapura prison, sources in Vavuniyaa say.

The international-involved war in the island, in which 40 odd countries including the US and India have had roles and in which the failure of the UN has now gone on record, ended up in genocide with none of them taking any responsibility for the prisoners of war. But during the war all of them wanted the LTTE to ‘surrender’.

Organised attack on Tamil political prisoners and sometimes even mass killings of them inside genocidal Sri Lanka’s prisons, have gone on record ever since 1983.

Meanwhile, this week, alleged LTTE prisoners are on a hunger strike in India demanding treatment of them as refugees. The condition of some of them is said to be critical.

While the US, India and the UN set a dangerous model in the treatment of the prisoners of war of a national struggle, the UK government has gone on record for leaving the ‘rehabilitation’ of Tamil prisoners of war in the hands of genocidal Sinhala military and even funding the programme.

The free Eezham Tamil diaspora so far has not taken any effort to argue the case of their freedom fighters in any international forum, addressing the internationally responsible ones in appropriate ways, concerned activists in the diaspora said.

from TamilNet

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Egypt’s president-elect Mohamed Morsi has addressed nation in the capital Cairo’s iconic Liberation Square, vowing that Egypt “will be independent from any foreign influence.”

“We will complete the journey in a civil state, a nationalist state, a constitutional state, a modern state,” said Morsi to tens of thousands of people who had packed into the square.

Vowing to achieve the goals of the Egyptian Revolution, Morsi added that “people are the source of power and legitimacy.”

The newly elected president also stressed that “no one and no institution is above the will of people”, promising that the new Egypt under his presidency will be “independent from foreign influence.”

Morsi also paid tribute to all Egyptians killed during the revolution.

The presidency announced late on Thursday that Morsi would be sworn in as president at 11 a.m. (0900 GMT) on Saturday before the Constitutional Court.

The Egyptian president began working on the formation of his government shortly after he moved to his new office in the presidential palace in Cairo on Monday.

On June 24, after days of delay, the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission announced Morsi as the winner of the county’s presidential runoff. Morsi picked up 13.2 million votes out of just over 26 million.

This comes as protests have been going on since the junta dissolved the parliament dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest political party, earlier this month.

The junta also took control of the state budget and gave itself veto power on a new constitution, making the new president almost powerless through a recent constitutional declaration.

from PressTV

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The small farming community of Hato Arriba doesn’t appear on most maps of Venezuela. About three hours drive from the small city of Tocuyo in the western state of Lara, the agricultural settlement is tucked away in the Andes mountains and boasts a population of approximately 500 families. Public transportation to the settlement leaves only once a day from the nearest urban center and has the capacity to accommodate about six people.

Yet, despite its emphatically rural character and its lack of a steady Internet connection, Hato Arriba, like many of the agrarian caserios in this part of Venezuela, is an example of the kind of 21st century socialism that the government of Hugo Chavez has been promoting since 2005.

With one major dirt road that traverses its modest geography, Hato Arriba is home to no less than ten community councils – grassroots organizations of popular democracy created by the Chavez administration to facilitate greater access to political power for the country’s population.

Community councils in Venezuela have the constitutional right to petition the national Executive for development projects and services in order to improve the quality of life for those represented by the neighbourhood organization. It is through the community councils that the inhabitants of Hato Arriba have been able to attain agricultural credits, greater electricity services, literacy programs, a subsidized food market, and a number of new grammar schools.

“Since about seven years ago, one of the advances that we’ve seen from the revolutionary process is the decentralization of power through the formation of community councils. We’re seeing a break with the model where the [urban centers] control development. There is a new kind of horizontalism where every space has its own importance, particularities and necessities”, explained Carlos Bastia, a community leader of farming community.

Currently, a major project of the residents of this hamlet and its neighboring villages has been the consolidation of what is denominated as “the Commune in Construction”, an umbrella organization that attempts to link the different community councils of any given region under a single banner.

In the case of Hato Arriba, the Commune in Construction is attempting to join together with six other nearby settlements in order to amplify residents’ voice, satisfy local needs, and achieve greater autonomy from the bureaucratic structures that can obstruct progressive change at the regional level.

This, according to Bastia, is the final objective of the communes – foster local, democratic self-governance that empowers communities and lessens the role of the state over time.

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Last Sunday, Hato Arriba took a further step towards consolidating its commune when the community celebrated the launch of a new grassroots radio station that that has the capacity to reach all six of the surrounding caserios.

The initiative is part of a community media movement in Venezuela, which over the past ten years has seen a profound democratization of the airwaves.

Sunday’s inauguration in Hato Arriba took place in a local grammar school and was the site of a festive environment that saw the performance of local music groups, traditional dancing, raffles, and the cooking of a community stew known in Venezuela as sancocho.

“For us, it’s a great pleasure to see this radio operational because through it we’re going to be able to communicate and let the people know everything that is happening politically socially and culturally in this area”, said Norkys Dugarte, a community member and spokesperson for Hato Arriba’s community council.

One of the fundamental aspects of the new radio station, as explained by Dugarte, is the emphasis that it places, not only on the construction of the commune, but also on the political and social role that women are playing in the communities.

Yanahir Reyes, a gender activist working in popular education in the caserio, commented on the heightened need for media programming in areas such as Hato Arriba that deals specifically with the issues faced by women and girls. “The beautiful thing about this community is that we’re linking different struggles. All of this has been a process that has taken time and the radio is a tool that is going to help us change paradigms”, Reyes said.

Reyes, who works with mothers and children as part of a Ministry of Education program mentioned that initiatives like the new station have the potential to break with traditional, male-dominated practices and empower women to take a more active role in shaping the politics of their communities.

“The women of this community have been underestimated and have been told that we aren’t capable of putting together a radio station, that we don’t know how to use microphones or a transmitter. We believe that this radio is fundamental for us to be recognized and valued so that people understand that we aren’t these kind of women that appear in magazines or beer commercials”, she asserted.

Although the radio inauguration could be considered a small development in light of the wider revolutionary process taking place in Venezuela, the residents involved in the erection of the new station see the event as another important advancement towards the building of a new ideal for their community.

It is their contribution, or “grain of sand” as is commonly said in Spanish, to a greater vision that sees Venezuela and Latin America moving further away from an externally- imposed development model and closer to the local communities and heritages that make up the essence of the country’s character.

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Asuncion, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Organizations belonging to the National Front for the Defense of Democracy in Paraguay carried out dozens of protests in the country”s nine departments to apply an action plan in rejection to the removal of Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo.

Activities included marches and rallies in public squares, where Lugo’s restitution in his post and the end of the government in power through the violation of constitutional and internationally recognized precepts were demanded.

Mass demonstrations occurred in the department of Concepcion including the localities of Horqueta, Arroyito and Minga Ñandu and Calle 9, while in San Pedro, they occurred in the districts of Santa Rosa del Aguaray, Lima, Liberacion, Santani, and Caplibar.

Similar rallies also took place in Plaza de la Libertad in the department of Guaira, while in Itapua department, the acts of repudiation to the government were carried out in 11 districts.

The Front also reported rallies in Alto Parana and Misiones, including Ciudad del Este, the country’s second city, as well as in the southern city of Pilar and Caaguazu, in central Paraguay.

The Front announced for today the closure of routes, especially within the country, staging nine localities of the department of San Pedro and the city of Concepcio, according to the approved chronogram.

Meanwhile in Asuncion, the number of paintings in the streets asking for Lugo’s return and sanctions for legislators who approved the political trial against the then statesman increased.

The Authentic Radical Liberal Party should have postponed the celebration of a rally at Plaza de Armas, in front of the Congress, alluding to alleged threats of a conflict in the place with opponents to Franco.

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The annual secretive Bilderberg Group conference, which brings together the capitalist world’s financial, political, and media kingpins in various venues, was held this year in Chantilly, Virginia, near the back gate of Washington Dulles International Airport. The Marriott Westfields resort hotel venue allowed official and unofficial guests to make their way from the airport as clandestinely as possible, thus avoiding the large number of protesters representing both the progressive “Occupy” and conservative “Tea Party” movements who gathered at the government security perimeter erected for the “private” conference.

This year’s Bilderberg conference featured three guests from Russia. However, unlike the “establishment” figures from Western nations, including the United States, Britain, Germany, France, and Canada, two of the three Russians represented the anti-Valdimir Putin opposition. Present at Bilderberg 2012 were Anatoly Chubais and Garry Kasparov, leading anti-Putin Russian politicians.

Chubais is reviled among a majority of Russians for shepherding the wholesale privatization of Soviet and Russian Federation state enterprises under the administration of President Boris Yeltsin and Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin. The chief benefactors of the privatization were a handful of Russian entrepreneurs who soon became billionaire oligarchs. Many of these oligarchs soon found themselves in prison in Russia or in exile in Britain and Israel to avoid prosecution in Russia. Today, Chubais is the head of Rusnano, a leading Russian nanotechnology firm.

At the Chantilly conclave, Chubais rubbed shoulders with the robber barons of Wall Street, including former Goldman Sachs and Citigroup senior executive and Bill Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, Goldman Sachs International Chairman Peter Sutherland, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company co-chairman Henry Kravis and former Obama Office of Management and Budget director and current Citigroup vice chairman Peter Orszag.

Chubais has also held meetings with the U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. McFaul has, like a number of new breed activist U.S. ambassadors, grossly interfered in the domestic affairs of the country to which he is posted. After one recent meeting with Chubais, McFaul publicly complained that Russian Russian NTV journalists were waiting for him as he departed the from the meeting. Displaying all the signs of a paranoid conspiracy theorist, McFaul bellyached that his email and phone calls were being eavesdropped upon by the Russian press thus giving the media a heads up as to his daily itinerary.

Kasparov, the leader of the United Civil Front of Russia, and his colleague Boris Nemtsov are leading members of the Russian opposition to Putin. McFaul has openly championed the opposition cause. Moreover, Nemtsov is an old political ally of Chubais. Chubais, Kasparov, and Nemtsov represent the “neo-liberal” political ideology that is supported by the likes of international stock and currency speculator and multi-billionaire George Soros. Neo-liberals, if they were to come to power in Russia, would transform Russia into a nation totally dependent on the dictates and whims of the financial elites of New York, London, and Frankfurt. It is apparent that given the representation of bankrupted European nations at Bilderberg 2012, Chubais and Kasparov would relish a Russia forced to impose strict austerity measures on its citizens on the orders of the global banking elites, turning Russia into another Greece, Spain, and Ireland.

Bilderberg 2012 was not lost on American protesters who abhor the secret deliberations of the global elites who regularly gather to plot and scheme at venues like Bilderberg, G-8 and G-20, Davos, and the more obscure but no less important annual Ambrosetti Forum, called “mini-Davos,” held in Cernobbio on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. This year at Bilderberg, protesters of the progressive “Occupy Wall Street” movement and the right-wing “Tea Party” joined forces to call attention to the secret machinations transpiring inside the Chantilly, Virginia hotel.

Although Russia was certainly on the agenda of Bilderberg 2012 as witnessed by the presence of two leading Russian opposition figures, it was not the only country targeted by the secretive global power brokers. The Bashar al Assad government of Syria was also on the Bilderberg hit list. Present at the Chantilly conclave was Bassma Kodmani, member of the executive bureau and chief foreign affairs spokesman of the Syrian National Council, the umbrella rebel alliance that includes “Al Qaeda” veterans of guerrilla wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya. As further evidence of the collusion of the Western elites with controlled forces of disruption that include “Al Qaeda,” leading neo-conservatives, including those who advocated for the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, were also in attendance at Bilderberg. They included Richard Perle of the American Enterprise Institute, a frequent habitué of Bilderberg; noted Zionist Dennis Ross, the “career” U.S. Middle East envoy who has ensured that recent Democratic presidents align their foreign policies with Israel, and the always reliable Arab apologist for Israel and the United States, Fouad Ajami of the Hoover Institution.

The attendance of corporate media executives is also a hallmark of Bilderberg. Chantilly was no exception this year. Present at Bilderberg 2012 were Donald Graham, chairman and CEO of the Washington Post Company; Charlie Rose, member of the elitist Council on Foreign Relations and host of the U.S. Public Broadcasting System’s Charlie Rose Show; John Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief of The Economist; Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator for the Financial Times;  Erik Izraelewicz, the CEO of France’s Le Monde;  Enis Berberoglu, editor-in-chief of Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper; Jonas Bonnier of the Swedish media giant Bonnier AB; and Oscar Bronner, owner of Austria’s Der Standard newspaper. Bilderberg meetings are all off-the-record so it is evident that the media representatives are not serving the interests of the Fourth Estate or the journalism profession but are acting as facilitators for the architects of the “new world order” of vulture, vampire, and vermin capitalism.

The director of the U.S. National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, General Keith Alexander, made a repeat Bilderberg showing at Chantilly. Undoubtedly, America’s and Israel’s new willingness to engage in cyber-warfare through the use of the “Flame” virus launched against Iran in the CIA’s and Mossad’s operation “Olympic Games” and their earlier use of the Stuxnet virus against Iran was on the agenda at Bilderberg. Also present in Chantilly was Thomas Donilon, President Obama’s National Security Adviser.

Representatives of Europe’s banker-ravaged nations of Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Ireland were also present in Chantilly, obviously to give the bankers an update on how their vile form of capitalism has managed to successfully re-introduce high unemployment, starvation, and homelessness to the European continent.

In a display of “transparency” Bilderberg has, in recent years, published its attendee list. However, this list is misleading. Although the list includes those who attend the entire conference, it omits those who slip in and out covertly. The names of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton appeared no where on the official list at Bilderberg 2008, which was also held in Chantilly. However, it is reasonably certain that both were present at the conference. Some government leaders are quite content to openly attend Bilderberg. This year’s conference saw Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, and Alberta Premier Alison Redford on the official guest list.

It is also noteworthy that Bilderberg is always held at the Marriott hotel in Chantilly. This year’s Republican presidential candidate Willard Mitt Romney owes his first name to J. Willard Marriott, founder of the Marriott Corporation.

For all of its evils, Bilderberg is instructive in so many ways. Largely the brainchild of the Nazi collaborator, the late Dutch Prince Bernhard, in the post-war years in Europe, Bilderberg attracts its fair share of pro-Israel businessmen and bankers. The collaboration of the “Israelites” with an organization founded by a Dutch collaborator of the Nazis illustrates the meaningless nature of the left/right and Zionist/anti-Semitic paradigms in the world of the Bilderbergers. In the mind sets of the elites, political labels and epithets are mere trivia and fodder for the powerless masses. For in the end, it is raw power and obscene wealth that truly counts.

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The colored revolutions in fact represent a new form of war against sovereign states. Attacks produce effects at all levels of society. In this new form of war, we do  not align and advance tanks or artillery but instead use all the resources of propaganda agencies, operate the pump in handling finances and networks with which we try to paralyze decision-making centers of the opponent. And one of the most important weapons in the new arsenal of that new form of warfare, is the notion of “human rights”.

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