Friday, August 20, 2004

Nepal and Venezuela 

While many of us are preoccupied with the war on terror, there are some people who are still fighting the Cold War (and no, they're not John Kerry). It seems that while we were sleeping, the Maoist rebels in Nepal were quitely on the march:

"The second day of a blockade of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, ordered by Maoist rebels, has led to petrol rationing and a rise in food prices. Despite the threat to block highways, so far only the threat of reprisals has kept drivers off the roads.

"The Maoist demands include the release of detained rebels and an inquiry into the killings of others. The government says it wants to negotiate with the rebels to end the crisis and restart peace talks."
And James Taranto has this to say about the Venezuelan referendum:

"One of the [New York] Times' complaints about U.S. elections is that many states disfranchise would-be voters who've been convicted of a felony. 'Denying the vote to ex-offenders is antidemocratic,' the paper announced in a July editorial. In Venezuela, it seems criminals are so empowered that they actually run the country. By the Times' standards, we guess that makes Venezuela more democratic than America."
Read the whole piece.


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