EXPLAINERS

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Activists win, NCP loses, more scandals, Kalapani and PM’s, redux

The week in politics: what happened, what does it mean, why does it matter.

4 min read

Health crises aside, PM Oli says he’s still top dog

The week in politics: what happened, what it means, why it matters.

4 min read

More political wrangling, but Kalapani is ours

The week in politics: what happened, what it means, why it matters

6 min read

Shuffling along, humor over despair, the nationalist gambit

The week in politics: what happened, what does it mean, why does it matter.

LONG READS

17 min read

Reinventing the toilet

Traditional flush toilets aren’t an option in many parts of the world, but neither is leaving people with unsafe and unhygenic choices. Now, one company is piloting a new loo that’s waterless, off-grid and able to charge your phone. Lina Zeldovich travels to Madagascar to witness the start of a lavatorial revolution.

29 min read

Antisystemic Movements, Yesterday and Today

Immanuel Wallerstien was an influential sociologist best known for his analysis of capitalism as an integrated “world-system.” He argued that the capitalist system relied on the exploitation of countries in the global south by countries in the global north, and his unique body of work linking nations, political economies, markets, households, and identity groups had […]

13 min read

How an Aboriginal approach to mental health is helping farmers deal with drought

Psychological tools developed with Aboriginal people can also support Australian farmers whose land is suffering the effects of climate change.

17 min read

How Jumla became a land of apples

Jumla’s apple future arose from the convergence of three historical changes in the 50s: the Green Revolution, Nepal’s national development project, and the new era of development aid.

FEATURES

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Scenes from the Bikas show, Part 1: The NGO training

In the year 2019, lots of people sitting around in a room looking bored is still the number one method of changing behavior, learning skills, or spreading awareness.

6 min read

Kathmandu’s all-seeing eyes

The Nepal Police, government offices, private companies, restaurants, and your neighborhood uncle are all crazy about surveillance cameras. But who watches the watchers?

6 min read

The Nepalis in America’s wars

Today is Veteran’s Day in the US, but Nepali contractors who work for the US war effort remain under-appreciated and underpaid.

3 min read

Free Ranging Dogs

A twist in their tales.