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Blog Profile / Banyan

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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Back to the future

20 hours agoNews : Banyan

IT IS difficult to match central Tokyo’s gleaming plantation of concrete spires today with grainy images of the rickety capital in 1959. Still rebuilding from America’s wartime firebombing, Japan’s capital stunned the world by winning the right to host the 1964 Olympics. Show More Summary

Mr Abbott heads north

yesterdayNews : Banyan

FOR four days this week Australia was run from a tent in a tropical-bush setting. Tony Abbott, the prime minister, was fulfilling a pledge to spend one week each year living with indigenous communities. On September 14th he took up residence...Show More Summary

Costly errors

6 days agoNews : Banyan

AS IF the mood were not already gloomy enough among Japan’s leftwingers, on September 11th the Asahi, the best-selling liberal newspaper, was obliged to publish a second embarrassing retraction of one of its past articles. The group’s president and chief executive, Tadakazu Kimura, fired its executive editor and promised an inquiry. Show More Summary

Muzzling the messenger

last weekNews : Banyan

EVER since gaining independence in 2002, Timor-Leste has boasted one of Asia’s freest presses. Its media exposed the mismanagement of state funds, corruption and other scandals involving government employees. But their freedom could come to an abrupt end if the parliament endorses a new law to regulate the media. Show More Summary

Predictable tragedy

last weekNews : Banyan

THREE factors regularly conspire to bring tragedy to north India and Pakistan, often at this time of year. The Himalayan mountain range is young, steep and unstable: landslides and flash floods are all too common. The summer monsoon reliably delivers an intense abundance of water, swelling rivers, lakes and flooding water-courses incredibly fast. Show More Summary

Blocking the winner

last weekNews : Banyan

WHEN, on the night of Indonesia's presidential election, all reliable quick counts showed Joko Widodo, universally known as Jokowi, defeating Prabowo Subianto by around five percentage points, Mr Prabowo (pictured above) refused to concede. Show More Summary

Toxic legacy

2 weeks agoNews : Banyan

IN THE pantheon of Fukushima heroes, Masao Yoshida (pictured) is a key figure. As the manager of the crippled Daiichi plant in 2011, Mr Yoshida was the captain of a nuclear Titanic, ready to go down with his ship rather than let it spin totally out of control. Show More Summary

The leftovers

2 weeks agoNews : Banyan

MYANMAR has just found out that 9m-odd people it had thought were living within its borders actually do not. In fact most of them don’t live anywhere at all. The first census in three decades puts Myanmar’s population at just 51m, not 60m. Show More Summary

The White Wolf

2 weeks agoNews : Banyan

BESPECTACLED and dressed modestly in a dark Chinese suit, Chang An-lo’s manner is erudite. On August 29th he addressed the Taiwan Foreign Correspondent’s Club. It is hard to believe he was once one of Taiwan’s most feared triad leaders, or that he was incarcerated in a maximum-security American penitentiary for ten years on drug-trafficking charges. Show More Summary

Unleashing the mob

2 weeks agoNews : Banyan

Déjà vu BACK in the days before social media, mobile phones and private television, the surest way of signalling that you had seized political power was to take control of the state broadcaster. That is what the army did in October 1999, when it forced out an elected government led by Nawaz Sharif. Show More Summary

Tooling up

2 weeks agoNews : Banyan

SHINZO ABE, Japan’s prime minister, returned to power in 2012 promising to reverse a long-term fall in military spending. He has kept that pledge. On August 29th the country’s defence ministry put in a record budget request of 5.5 trillion yen ($53 billion), for next year, up 3.5% from FY2014. Show More Summary

Too sexy for the catwalk

3 weeks agoNews : Banyan

THE live-tweeted downfall of Gulnara Karimova, the once-glamorous daughter of Uzbekistan's dictator, was perhaps the most intriguing story out of Central Asia last year. This year her fate is still mystifying—nonetheless so since her Twitter feed has gone silent. Show More Summary

It takes two

3 weeks agoNews : Banyan

IT SEEMS everyone wants the Afghan presidential election to be over and done with. Except, maybe, for the two contenders. In the latest attempt to derail an audit of the votes, which was set in motion six weeks ago, Abdullah Abdullah...Show More Summary

Farewell to a fighting diplomat

3 weeks agoNews : Banyan

EACH time the commander of the foreign forces in Afghanistan, an American general named Joseph Dunford, visited the country’s presidential palace he first made a quick dash to the wardrobe. He went to switch out his camouflage fatigues and combat boots and into his full-dress uniform, pressed and creased down to the buffed shoes. Show More Summary

Triple crown

3 weeks agoNews : Banyan

NOW it is official. Thailand’s military dictator is now also Thailand’s prime minister. At 10.39am on August 25th Mr Prayuth Chan-ocha received the royal command in a ceremony held at the army’s headquarters in the capital, Bangkok. Dressed in a white army uniform, sword at his side, he knelt down before a larger-than-life oil painting of the king. Show More Summary

Look both ways

3 weeks agoNews : Banyan

TO start the new week, Vietnam announced that it would be sending a senior official from its Communist Party to Beijing, to promote "healthy" bilateral relations between the two countries. On the very same day Vietnamese diplomats were...Show More Summary

Wars of words

4 weeks agoNews : Banyan

IN THE dog days of August, Japan and one of its former colonies, South Korea, mark a string of painful anniversaries. The culmination must be for the end of the second world war every August 15th, which is celebrated as “Liberation Day” by the Koreans. Show More Summary

A Cambodian solution

4 weeks agoNews : Banyan

ON AUGUST 19th Australia’s government announced that it would release more than 1,500 asylum-seekers from detention, all of them children. Advocates for the refugees welcomed the news. The immigration ministry however is not about to...Show More Summary

Two steps back

last monthNews : Banyan

IMRAN KHAN, a former star cricketer turned politician, is overly fond of cricketing metaphors. For the past six days he has delivered speeches peppered with corny references to the sport, to cheers from the thousands of followers he has protesting on the streets of Pakistan’s capital. Show More Summary

Looking inward

last monthNews : Banyan

SAM is the son of immigrants from China, who came to Thailand early in the 20th century. Sitting on a bench facing Bangkok’s Chinatown, he speaks in American-inflected English to tell of a job he worked at Paramount’s studios in Hollywood of the 1960s, back when Sean Connery was the real James Bond. Show More Summary

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