Blogging from India #8 — India's neighbors: South Asia update

Historic elections in this impoverished Hindu kingdom will take place April 15. The monarchy, which has ruled Nepal for more than 200 years, is expected to be abolished and a parliamentary form of democracy will take its place.

Blogging from India #5 Communist Party of India (Marxist) meets

COIMBATORE, India — In a city at the center of India’s textile industry — one that is full of working class history and struggle — the Communist Party of India (Marxist) concluded its six-day congress April 3 with a mass rally of close to 200,000 people.