Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Other Boleyn Girl

I've linked history_spork here before. They've just posted a new sporking of the abysmally ahistorical The Other Boleyn Girl. The one starring Natalie Portman, that is. There's another version, which Netflix only recently got, but it's very badly made, so I don't recommend bothering at all with that one.

Actually, I don't recommend the Portman version either. But nobody warned me in time.

Queen Catherine (after the birth of another stillborn son): No brother for you, Mary…

Princess Mary: Bloody hell!

Queen Catherine: …to make this country safe!

cutecoati: To make her safe, rather, because one living son would have spared her the whole mess.

cloudlessnights: And us this movie?

cutecoati: There's that, too.

Warning: language.

Why not? Most of us are ruled by cats anyway.


Then the teacher came to a little white kitten. “And what do you want to be when you grow up?” she asked the kitten.

“I want to be an empress,” the kitten answered.

“An empress?”

“Yes,” the kitten said. “I want to have absolute power and tell everybody what to do and no one can challenge me or I’ll chop all their heads off.”

“I’m not sure that’s a practical ambition, dear,” the teacher said gently.

“Why not?” the kitten demanded. “You said ours was a country where anything was possible. You said that if we really worked hard, we could grow up to be anything we wanted to be.”

“Technically, I did say those things,” the teacher admitted.

“Well, I want to be an empress,” the kitten declared.

“But, you see,” the teacher explained patiently, “we have a democracy, or more properly a republican form of government, which is guaranteed in our constitution. That means that no one can have absolute power, because all power ultimately derives from the people.”

“Phooey,” the kitten said. “It’s not really a democracy if you can’t grow up to be anything you want to be. And what I want to be is an empress.”

Throne and Atlar

Aunt Dorothy's eyes sparkled on the day she sneaked off to see the Queen
In an exclusive extract from her new book, Mary Kenny says our complex relationship with the British monarchy was laid bare during Queen Elizabeth's coronation

I do not seek to advocate or disparage either a monarchy or a republic as an ideal constitutional framework. I simply note that the disappearance of a monarchy from the 26 counties of Ireland after independence left a certain gap in the country's public life of ceremony, pageantry and ritual.

Tax havens being destroyed

Where is a tax dodger to stash his hot money these days?
Simon O'Donovan on why the noose is tightening after this week's Liechtenstein expose

By August of last year, just three tax havens -- Monaco, Andorra and, yes you've guessed it, Liechtenstein -- had refused to sign up to the OECD guidelines.

Not that it seems to be doing them much good. Denied the information they sought by the Liechtenstein government, the German intelligence service, the BND, reputedly paid a former employee of one of the banks based in the tiny principality €5m for a list of 1,600 German citizens who had accounts with the bank. The British tax authorities are also understood to have paid for information on British tax dodgers.

With one brutal move the Germans have blown Liechtenstein's banking secrecy, once regarded as the tightest of any tax haven, wide open. From now on, no one using a tax haven to hide their ill-gotten gains will ever be able to feel totally sure that the taxman or the cops won't find out what they are up to. Which, of course, was exactly the result the Germans were aiming for.

That bank employee should be shot.

And would it be tactless to remind everyone that Germans were the reason we needed bank secrecy to begin with?

Australians still love their Queen

God (and Young Liberals) saving the Queen

AT A restaurant on the fringe of Chinatown, a group of youths hang on every word of the Liberal senator Cory Bernardi as they eat Chinese food with spoons. It is an unusual scene, with the gathering singing God Save the Queen before they eat.

This is the world of young monarchists: teens who were children during the republic referendum, speaking in rounded British vowels, laughing at jokes about Malcolm Fraser.

''We would have ended up like Argentina if the loans affair had … gone ahead,'' says Jessica Noot, 19, a Young Liberal and member of the Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. ''I love the royal family and all that sort of thing - what girl doesn't? - but that's an aside. It's a constitutional thing. I love the system we have.''

There is a push for youth involvement in the monarchist movement - beyond the Young Liberals who join its ageing ranks. The Australians for Constitutional Monarchy is led by Thomas Flynn, 32. It has a Facebook presence and is poised to launch an essay prize for young people.

Another organisation, the Australian Monarchist League, has begun its own push into schools with the publication of seven papers detailing the constitution. It has a Twitter page and YouTube clips.

How Democracies Become Tyrannies

How Democracies Become Tyrannies

Flash forward fifty years to the election of Barack Obama and a hard left leaning Democrat Congress. What Americans want today, apparently, is a government that has no intention of leaving any of us alone.

How could Hoffer have been so wrong about America? Why did America change so quickly? Can a free people willingly choose servitude? Is it possible for democracies to become tyrannies? How?

The answers to these questions were famously addressed in a few pages tucked within the greatest masterpiece of the classical world: Plato's Republic. On the surface, and to most reviewers of Plato's writings, the Republic is a dialogue on justice and on what constitutes the just society. But to careful readers the deeper theme of the Republic is the nature of education and the relationship between education and the survival of the state. In fact, the Republic is essentially the story of how a man (Socrates) condemned to death for "corrupting" the youth of Athens gives to posterity the most precious gift of all: the love of wisdom.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Eastern Monarchies

Red shirts not condone Jakrapob splinter group

The red shirts do not agree with the communist-leaning strategy adopted by fugitive suspect Jakrapob Penkair, red-shirt co-leader Jatuporn Prompan said on Thursday.

Jatuporn confirmed the red shirts had severed ties with the Jakrapob-led splinter group.

"We want democracy under the King as head of state, therefore our activities are limited to attack Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda or lower figures to prevent an escalating fight trangressing the constitutional monarchy," he said.

Protest news, 1979

National Iranian Radio and Television (NIRT) news report, 1979

News anchor Suzie Ziai on NIRT International channel covering the chaos which was taking place in Iran during the last days of the monarchy. Fascinating!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009



In Dominion, each player starts with an identical, very small deck of cards. In the center of the table is a selection of other cards the players can "buy" as they can afford them. Through their selection of cards to buy, and how they play their hands as they draw them, the players construct their deck on the fly, striving for the most efficient path to the precious victory points by game end.

From the back of the box: "You are a monarch, like your parents before you, a ruler of a small pleasant kingdom of rivers and evergreens. Unlike your parents, however, you have hopes and dreams! You want a bigger and more pleasant kingdom, with more rivers and a wider variety of trees. You want a Dominion! In all directions lie fiefs, freeholds, and feodums. All are small bits of land, controlled by petty lords and verging on anarchy. You will bring civilization to these people, uniting them under your banner."

"But wait! It must be something in the air; several other monarchs have had the exact same idea. You must race to get as much of the unclaimed land as possible, fending them off along the way. To do this you will hire minions, construct buildings, spruce up your castle, and fill the coffers of your treasury. Your parents wouldn't be proud, but your grandparents would be delighted."

Dominion is not a CCG, but the play of the game is similar to the construction and play of a CCG deck. The game comes with 500 cards. You select 10 of the 25 Kingdom card types to include in any given play -- leading to immense variety.

Historical Notes

Subversive Book Asserts Rule By Law, Not King

In 1644, Samuel Rutherford, a Presbyterian theologian, published Lex, Rex, the now excessively scarce, enormously important treatise on limited government and constitutionalism. Only four copies have fallen under the hammer within the last thirty-five years.

Lex, Rex is the first treatment of rule by law, not by men, based upon the separation of powers and covenant between king and subjects, (foreshadowing the social contract). It laid the foundation for the later thinking of political philosophers Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. As such, this volume sowed the seeds for modern political systems, including that of the United States.


Port in a storm

WINNIPEG - When it comes to fixed income investments, the name says it all. Whether they’re bonds or guaranteed investment certificates (GICs), investors know they will receive a regular payment as long as they hold the security.

But fixed income investments evolved out of the most unstable of all human endeavours: war. Their origins date back to the Italian Renaissance when city states began funding wars by issuing debt that paid the creditor a fee. At the time, payments could not be called interest because the Church had banned usury (money-lending). Soon enough, though, almost every European nation wanting to wage war was raising money in this manner.

These investments, however, were anything but secure, Harvard historian Niall Ferguson writes in The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World. The Spanish monarchy, for instance, defaulted on its debt almost ten times during the 16th and 17th centuries, making even the most badly managed nations of the modern world look credit-worthy by comparison.

A constitutional presidency? Heads of state vs. heads of government

In many American minds, the system of constitutional monarchy has always appeared more similar to ours than it would seem at first glance. Despite the “window dressing” of kings and queens, we imagine that constitutional monarchies have a political culture rather similar to our form of a republic, all else being equal.

Yet there is one key difference at the highest level. A constitutional monarchy does not invest its head of government with the same prestige as its head of state. It has become clear in recent years that the modern news cycle has turned such intangible royal authority into a very real component of the national life.


Spanish Royal family defy Eta with their annual holiday to Mallorca

QUEEN SOFIA of Spain was shopping in Mallorca last week with her two daughters when she spotted Montse Lezaun, the mother of one of two policemen killed in a car bomb by Eta, the Basque separatist group, only a few days before.

The two women had met only once, at the policemen’s funeral, but Sofia, looking like any other holidaymaker at the Mediterranean island resort, waved and went up to Lezaun. After chatting for several minutes, they parted with kisses and promised to stay in touch.

Some might call it a public relations exercise but the spectacle of casually dressed royals doing their bit on the front line against Eta is bolstering affection for a monarchy that cannot take public approval for granted.

Pro-monarchy flag swap angers Town Hall

Lisbon Town Hall has initiated legal proceedings against a pro-monarchy group named the ‘Armada 31 Movement’ after the group used a ladder to climb to the town hall’s veranda and replaced the municipal flag with the monarchic flag.

The swap took place under the veil of night, in the early hours of Monday morning and was only detected when the first town hall employees arrived. Meanwhile the municipal flag, which bears the city’s coat of arms, has disappeared.

Armada 31 Movement has already admitted to being responsible for the swap and said it was “much simpler than anyone could imagine”, entailing a handful of people, a three-metre ladder, and “some caution”, due to the amount of policing in the area.

The group described the incident as an “act of ideological guerrilla warfare” that intended to “reinstate monarchic legality”. They also claimed it was the first celebration of the 100th anniversary of the creation of the republic, which will occur on October 5th, 2010.

Lisbon Town Hall has taken measures to verify the circumstances in which the incident occurred and placed a formal complaint with “the appropriate authorities”.


By Brian Reade 13/08/2009

A historic moment has just passed us by without sufficient recognition.

Buckingham Palace aides have announced that the Queen's subjects are no longer required to lower their heads and walk backwards until they leave the room.

In other words, bowing and scraping to accidents of birth has been shown the door.

Does this make you feel like you're finally part of a mature, modern democracy? Well, let's put this breakthrough in perspective. Here's when other countries stopped bowing and scraping to unelected heads of state: USA 1776, France 1792, Portugal 1910, China 1912, Russia 1917.

They stopped because their people told them they didn't want to be ruled by a medieval monarchy. We, on the other hand, have been forced by the Health and Safety Executive to stop bowing and scraping in case someone sprains an ankle.

Makes you feel proud.

Be proud that you took so long to follow our bad example, England.

Turmoil in the Middle East

Democracy in Afghanistan is wishful thinking
In a feudal society that long picked leaders according to religion and tradition, the winner of today's election may be seen as illegitimate – simply because he is elected.

This historical reality poses a major problem for the US. Democracy is not a coat of paint. A feudal society in which women are still largely treated as property and literacy hovers below 10 percent in rural areas does not magically shortcut 400 years of political development and morph into a democracy in a decade. The current government of Afghanistan's claim to legitimacy is based entirely on a legal source – winning an election. Yet this has no historical basis for legitimizing Afghan rule. The winner of today's election will largely be seen as illegitimate because he is elected.

The tragic mistake, which we warned against, was in eliminating the Afghan monarchy from a ceremonial role in the new Afghan Constitution. Nearly two thirds of the delegates to the loya jirga in 2002 signed a petition to make the aging King Zaher Shah the interim head of state, and only massive US interference behind the scenes in the form of bribes, secret deals, and arm twisting got the US-backed candidate for the job, Hamid Karzai, installed instead.

Iran says West behind post election riots

According to Iranian sources, Muhammad-Reza Ali-Zamani, a member of an anti-revolutionary group known as Monarchy Organization of Iran confessed, in Iran's Revolutionary Court prosecuting Iran's post-vote rioters, to contacting American agents in Iraq and then attempting to overthrow the Islamic Republic.

According to PressTV, Qashqavi slammed London for harboring key "terrorists," including members of the Monarchy Organization of Iran.

Ayoon Wa Azan (Saving Iraq: Rebuilding a Broken Nation)

continue then today with a book that I read entitled “Saving Iraq: Rebuilding a broken nation” (where the meaning of broken here is either destroyed or collapsing). The book is written by Nemir Kirdar, a prominent Arab banker and the CEO and founder of the investment bank Investcorp....

Moreover, Nemir Kirdar is a “Royalist”, and one of the supporters of the Hashemite monarchy in Iraq. His world was shattered by the military coup of 14/7/1958, which took away his friendly meetings with King Faisal II and the leaders of that era. After the defeat of Saddam Hussein and the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, he started criticising the suspicious leaderships that were forming abroad and preparing themselves to inherit power from the Baath Party in Iraq. In this vein, he was asking at the time why we should not return to the Hashemite rule in Iraq, in a federation with Jordan, led by King Hussein, the experienced moderate ruler with a stable country. In the author’s opinion, the 1958 coup was devastating and catastrophic and a “black Monday”, opening the way for the several coups that followed and exacerbated the damage done, leading up to the disaster of the occupation of Iraq.

King for a Day
While protestors take to the streets in Tehran for democracy, another group of Iranians meets in Cairo for the return of monarchy.

As the streets of Tehran demand freedom, a different group of Iranians gathered in Cairo last week to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the death of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Iranian monarch deposed by the 1979 Islamic revolution. The Shah was granted refuge in Egypt by President Anwar Sadat and died in Cairo soon after.

Malays And Rulers Cannot Be Separated

IPOH, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- The Malays and Malay Rulers cannot be separated and whoever conceives that the system of Constitutional Monarchy in the country is no longer relevant is a traitor and is trying to stoke the sentiments of the Malays, said the general secretary of the 4B Youth Movement, Datuk Wira Jamaluddin Abdul Rahim.

Nepal doing as expected.

3-M: Maoist, Military & Monarchy

In the eventuality, if the population reject the military’s taking over the charge of the nation and the nation’s law and order situation goes beyond the control of the security agencies then in that prevailing chaotic situation, the third M-that is the Monarchy will be restored by the Indian establishment forwarding the sstructured safe and sound reason that “a politically destabilized Nepal may have its profound negative impact on the security situation of India as well”.

The recent political overtones coming as it does from both within and without suggest that of the three M, one fortunate M will rule this country toeing the Indian instructions.

Bomb damages office of major Nepal party

(AP) — KATMANDU, Nepal - A bomb was tossed Tuesday at the headquarters of one of Nepal's main political parties, causing minor damage to the building, but no one was hurt, a party official said.

Police were investigating the attack at the Nepali Congress party's office in southern Katmandu, party official Ram Chandra Pokhrel said. A little-known group named the National Defense Army left pamphlets at the scene, he said.

The group has claimed responsibility for some bomb attacks in the past and is believed to support the country's ousted king and the reinstatement of the monarchy.

Nepal’s ex-king ready to pay taxes


India's Hand in Nepal Royal Palace Massacre - 2001

The Indian government is making it difficult for Nepal to assert her sovereignty. The Indian intelligence service Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) has been fomenting violent deterioration in Nepal. In Nepal, Indian leaders especially the government of Congress (I) have been playing an active role to diffuse the democratic aspirations of the Nepalese people. In 1989, India imposed an economic blockade on Nepal.

The reason was the expiring of the Trade and Transit Treaty. After the blockade, India had asked King Birendra to remain under the Indian security umbrella by enjoying the same status as the Bhutani King. But the sovereign Nepalese King Birendra rejected the Indian interest. Then, India started the conspiracy against Nepal....

Since 2000 AD, India wanted to abolish the Nepalese monarchy any way it could. The Nepalese monarchy is the convincing factor of Nepalese unity & sovereignty. But India does not like peaceful unity and an inseparable Nepal.

People who want to take your monarch away are not your friends.

Gyanendra ready to obey people 'if monarchy restored'

Asked about his role in the current political scenario, he put the onus on the people, who were "supreme".

"I quit the Royal Palace as per the wishes of the people. It is the choice of the Nepali people whether to reinstate the monarchy or not," Gyanendra said when asked whether he was hopeful of the revival of the 240-year old institution that was abolished last May. "The People will themselves decide over the fate of the monarchy and will also chart out the role and the form in which they want to see the monarchy," he said in an interview to the Nepali Janbhawana Weekly.

"If the people so wish, nothing is impossible," the former king was quoted as saying by the Telegraph Nepal online in a report based on the interview to the Nepali Weekly. "Who had thought that the monarchy would be sidelined in such an easy manner as it was done?"

I find myself thinking, this is a bit like letting your children play in traffic because they really want to, and only after they've been hit by a car and are in the hospital asking them if they now want you to be their guardians again.

Our 50th State

Hawaii celebrates 50 years of statehood

While Hawaii has now been a state for 50 years, it took this group of islands, called by Mark Twain, “the loveliest fleet of islands that lies in any ocean,” over 50 years to achieve that statehood.

Despite the title and opening sentence, the article actually admits that the U.S. aggressively annexed Hawaii.

Professor Francis A. Boyle's Interpretation of U.S. Public Law 103-150 under International Law, and its Implications for the Restoration of the Independent and Sovereign Nation State of Hawai'i

Reflecting On Hawaii's Past
Pacific Islands' Statehood Still A Sore Point For Some

Low-key party planned for Hawaii's big 5-0

Hawaii: Fallen palace of the Pacific

Queen's overthrow replayed
Events of 1893 come alive in this week's free living history walking tour

Hawaiian renaissance
Enduring resolve to maintain cultural and political identity sowed seeds of sovereignty movement

Pride in Hawaiian culture reawakened
Seeds of sovereignty movement sown during 1960s-70s renaissance

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The country's in trouble! Quick, find a man who can get things down from high shelves!

Tough times call for taller presidents

WHEN the going gets tough, the presidents get taller. So says social psychologist Terry Pettijohn of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Palace: Princess Hours

So long as I've been discussing monarchy in popular entertainment....

I'm a comic book nerd. It occurred to me recently that my all-time favorite comic book character, since I was a little girl, was in fact royalty. All right, so I didn't choose her with her title in mind; I chose her because she was a girl, and I didn't want to run around pretending to be Batman or Superman. They were terrific, yes, but they were (ewwww) boys. If I had pretended to be one of them, I might have gotten cooties! You can't be too careful where cooties are concerned. Luckily, I could pretend to be Princess Diana - the Amazon one.

A dear friend found me a wonderful manhwa, or Korean comic book, called Goong. From Amazon (not the one Princess Diana is from):

Monarchy ended long ago in Korea, but there are still other countries with Kings, Queens, princes and princesses. What if Korea had continued monarchism? What if all the beautiful palaces which are now only historical relics were actually filled with people?! What if the glamorous royal family still maintained the palace customs?! Welcome to a world where Korea still has the royal family living their lives! Only for this one high school girl, Che-Kyung, this is a tragedy, since she has to marry the prince who apparently is a total bastard!

It's a lightweight series for teenage girls, but intriguing for someone who likes to imagine present-day Korea as a constitutional monarchy. The authoress explained that she got the idea while touring the old palaces; she felt sad that beautifully adorned nobles no longer inhabited them, so she spun this fantasy.

It's tremendously popular in Korea, enough that a television series has been made of it. Westerners can order it, with subtitles, on DVD for a princely sum (nearly $100, depending on which site you use), but it seems Netflix is going to get it at some point. In the meantime, there are a few clips of it at Youtube; just search for "Goong".

God bless and keep the czar... far away from us!

We all need light reading for when we're lounging on the beach or crashing on the couch. Fun entertaining reading with adventure and romantic settings. The problem for monarchists is, most such novels feature a lantern-jawed hero who is "making the world safe for democracy".

Which is why at my library I eagerly snatched up a novel with the following blurb:

Atlanta lawyer Miles Lord, fluent in Russian and well versed in the country's history, is thrilled to be in Moscow on the eve of such a momentous event. After the fall of Communism and a succession of weak governments, the Russian people have voted to bring back the monarchy. The new tsar will be chosen from among the distant relatives of Nicholas II by a specially appointed commission...

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Romanov Prophecy, by Steve Berry.

The novel is in the Da Vinci Code tradition, involving a prophecy, a secret handed down for generations, Rasputin, and a hero who has people trying to kill him for no apparent reason. All good fun.

Stylistically the book leaves something to be desired. "The man from the front seat had the sloped forehead, bushy hair, and bulbous nose of a Cro-Magnon." Well, maybe that will only bother anthropology majors. But I will forgive much to an author who can, in the twenty-first century, write: "This man had royal blood coursing through his veins. Maybe that was what gave him such presence."

Sunday, August 2, 2009

New Addition to the Blogroll

Mad for Monaco.

Monarchy Around The World

Protecting the country and the institution of the monarchy

Even the hopelessly poor of the poorest citizens can boast of having one priceless and invaluable property; his COUNTRY and his MONARCHY. These two should be regarded as one inseparable whole. The King should be inseparable with the country but not the Government of the day, which is prone to cause problems and bring him into antagonism with his people.

Read the whole stirring editorial.

The Last Knight of the Habsburg Empire by Jørn K. Baltzersen

Tonga makes beeline for democracy

AUCKLAND - His penchant for riding around his Pacific island nation in a London taxi earned Tonga's new king the nickname of Oddball.

His posh British accent and love of remote-controlled boats, toy soldiers and elaborate military garb only cemented his position as the Pacific's eccentric, lone monarch.

But King George Tupou V, in Tonga's top job for a year in August, has been charged with a task far bigger than his eccentricities - the job of pulling his deeply conservative and religious country into the 21st century.

Tonga made headlines across Australia and the world in November 2006 when, following the death of George's 88-year-old father, King Tupou IV, pro-democracy demonstrators took to the streets.

The riots - the most violent civil protests ever seen in the Pacific - left eight people dead and 75 per cent of businesses in the capital Nuku'alofa looted and burned to the ground.

Morocco: The Emergence of a New Palace Party

Ten years after succeeding his father to the Moroccan throne, King Mohammed VI has implemented significant economic and social reforms but has not yet delivered the kind of political change many hoped for when he took power. The makhzen, the governing economic and political elite closely linked to the king, still dominates the political scene, as illustrated by the victory of the new Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) in the June 2009 municipal elections.

Yogyakarta, A District That Thrives On History And Tradition

YOGYAKARTA CITY, July 27 (Bernama) -- Yogyakarta, a province in the island of Jawa, is different from the rest as it is the only place in Indonesia ruled by a monarchy that is steeped in history and tradition.

The monarchy originates from the Sultanate of Mataram that predates to the eighth century and has contributed significantly to Yogyakarta's rich history, nature, and the traditional and cultural activities of its people.

Bad News From Nepal

Anarchy or Monarchy for Nepal

ad not GP Koirala showed the excessive greed at the cost of the democracy and nation, today`s mess and uncertainties would have never taken place.

There is complete absence of peace in Nepal. The flares of ethnic division created by the Maoists are ever increasing. The dozens of armed ethnic groups are engaged in violence, intimidations, torture, kidnappings, coercion, and killings. Anyone rejecting to accept extortion means inviting harassment and becoming the victim of human rights violations. Rampant increases in jobless youths, crumbling economy, heightening commodity prices, weakening of the nationalism- all make sorry states of the nation. The government has nothing at its disposal except prolonging its life with the use of hollow rhetoric that can never be put into practice.

The centuries old unity has been shaken. A dream of "Zone of Peace` has been replaced by complete anarchy.

13 injured as YCL cadres go on rampage

Young Communist League (YCL) cadres attacked and injured six Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N) activists at Chipledhunga of Pokhara on Thursday. The activists later clashed with the police team that had arrived at the scene to control the situation. Six police officers and

YCL district chair Suman Devkota were hurt....

Jhalakpani Tiwari, Kaski district in-charge of the UCPN (Maoist), claimed that local people attacked the RPP-N cadres as the latter were trying to resurrect monarchy.

“I have advised the RPP-N not to try to revive monarchy. Regressive forces that try to revive monarchy should not be spared,” Tiwari said.

More on the same incident.

Royal Palace Massacre in Nepal -2001

Since 2000 AD, India wanted to abolish Nepalese monarchy anyhow. Nepalese monarchy is the convincing factor of Nepalese unity & sovereignty. But, the India never likes peaceful unity and inseparable Nepal. So, Indian Congress (I) leaders and RAW chief came to Nepal and put pressure to get rid of monarchy. Then, there starts the grand design of Royal massacre.

Nations that want your monarchy gone are your enemies.

A teachable moment amid the basic ambiguity of the relationship

Three years after it jumpstarted a peace process predicated on the slow death of the monarchy, India has come full circle in Nepal. The motions have been an odd mixture of tentativeness, calibration, symbolism and intimidation. On the surface, New Delhi’s unease with the Maoists’ motives is palpable. But that anxiety merely covers its wider alarm over the departures from the script.

For many Nepalis, former king Gyanendra’s recent month-long visit to India epitomized the turnaround. The warm reception he received in powerful Indian quarters representing the two major political formations instantly sparked speculation on the possibility of a restoration of the monarchy. Regardless of the election outcome, New Delhi will most likely revise its Nepal policy in keeping with its broader national security imperatives.

Monaco: Perilous Times Ahead

Advice to Monaco: Pray to God

a press release this week announcing that the government, (such as it is), of Monaco has hired a trio of public relations experts "to help the tiny Mediterranean principality shed its image as an international tax haven."

A polling expert, a former journalist and an advertising consultant from the Young and Rubicam agency will devise Monaco's fiscally-virtuous new image. Monaco will spend €500,000 (US$704,000) for research into the make over, including asking a panel of international personalities "What Monaco should be." The image campaign is to be launched in 2010 and last several years, with a budget expected to reach into the millions.

Well, dear readers, Monaco is and has been a "tax haven"-- and no amount of costly public relations campaigns is going to change that fact.

Current international pressures against tax havens are simply another move in the march towards greater dictatorship.