Substantive post coming soon, srsly. In the meantime, here is a blog post by my esteemed correspondent Randy McDonald about Bhutan: After Nepal .... He ponders whether the recent democratisation of Nepal, and the end of its monarchy, could have an impact in nearby Bhutan, a kingdom with a large population of ethnic Nepalese. This impact could perhaps be pressures for real democratisation, or invasion by India.
Whenever Nepal shows up in the news, in whatever context, I always think it's time I went back to local nom nom nom Nepalese restaurant Monty's of Kathmandhu. I am not unique in this kind of approach to world affairs.