Blog Profile / Banyan

Filed Under:News
Posts on Regator:862
Posts / Week:3.8
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Farewell to Banyan, the blog

9 months agoNews : Banyan

IT IS with heavy trunk and trailing roots that Banyan, this blog, folds up its branches—and leaves. Many of us have grown attached to it over the past four years, in which time it has shot off nearly 1,200 posts. Starting life as Banyan’s...Show More Summary

A bigger bazooka

10 months agoNews : Banyan

THE riposte to doubts about Abenomics, the three-part plan of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, to shake the country from its economic torpor, is more of the same, and a lot more. On October 31st the Bank of Japan (BoJ) stunned the financial markets by unexpectedly expanding its programme of quantitative easing. Show More Summary

On permanent parole

10 months agoNews : Banyan

A FOUR-YEAR battle ended yesterday, when Singapore's highest court upheld the constitutionality of Section 377(a) of the country's penal code, which renders any man convicted of committing "or abet[ting] the commission of...any act of gross indecency" with another man liable to two years in prison. Show More Summary

Soldering on

10 months agoNews : Banyan

EVEN seasoned taxi drivers confess that they are finding it difficult to navigate sections of Christchurch. Portions of New Zealand’s second-largest city have become unrecognisable since an earthquake hit in February 2011, killing 185 people and injuring 11,000. Show More Summary

When the luck runs out

10 months agoNews : Banyan

CASINOS have served Cambodia as a rare and dependable cash cow ever since the country first emerged from its decades of civil war, in the late 1990s. On the face of it this year will be no different, with the government expecting toShow More Summary

Stakes upped

10 months agoNews : Banyan

THE bet was bound to be a risky one. In July Japan decided to restart talks with North Korea in the hope of securing the return of citizens kidnapped in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The stakes have since been raised. North Korea’s initial report into the abductees was expected by now, but it revealed last month that the probe would take a year. Show More Summary

Party on

10 months agoNews : Banyan

WEIRDLY enough, Japan is still a land where you can’t move to the rhythm legally in a nightclub after midnight. This is despite years of campaigning by Japan’s youth. Yet nothing they have done has succeeded in changing laws—from the time of Japan's postwar occupation by American forces—that ban late-night dancing. Show More Summary

The second Modi wave

10 months agoNews : Banyan

EVEN though the results were not surprising, they are significant. So large was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) victory in general elections in May 2014, led by Narendra Modi, that his party was widely expected to triumph again in state elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, held on October 15th. Show More Summary

Third term lucky

10 months agoNews : Banyan

THIRD-TERM governments are reputedly difficult for a governing party—and particularly in New Zealand’s multi-party system, in which voters plump for both a party and a candidate for their local electorate. But John Key, the country’s prime minister, has made initial arrangements for staying in power look so easy as to seem casual. Show More Summary

Pushing the limits

10 months agoNews : Banyan

SHORTLY before he became prime minister last year, Tony Abbott praised the “freedom that our civilisation has nurtured”. Last month Mr Abbott’s mood in parliament was more sober. “Regrettably,” he said, “the delicate balance betweenShow More Summary

Slow train through Jaffna

11 months agoNews : Banyan

RAIL services between the south of Sri Lanka and its battle-scarred northern peninsula resumed on October 13th—for the first time in 24 years. Moments after the first train to complete the renewed service chugged to a halt at the new Jaffna railway station, teenagers bounded onto the tracks to take pictures with their mobile phones. Show More Summary

Shutting the door on Africa

11 months agoNews : Banyan

IN RECENT years India has made renewed diplomatic efforts to reach out to Africa. Manmohan Singh, India's former prime minister, visited the continent for six days in May 2011, promising $5 billion of loans on easy terms. Indian investors,...Show More Summary

Being gay in India

11 months agoNews : Banyan

India is growing steadily more tolerant towards gays. But activists like Harish Iyer still face harassment

National treasure

11 months agoNews : Banyan

RAIDERS in search of the lost art stowed away by Ferdinand Marcos during his two decades of dictatorial rule have turned their attention to a recent haul of 15 paintings. The task now is to have them authenticated. The investigators’...Show More Summary

A noble pair

11 months agoNews : Banyan

IT IS a bitter irony that, in the days before the Nobel committee announced joint Indian and Pakistan winners of the 2014 peace prize, their armies have been shelling across their disputed border in Kashmir. In the past week or so both countries have been steadily breaking a decade-long ceasefire, killing each other’s soldiers and civilians. Show More Summary

Won't be fooled again

11 months agoNews : Banyan

THE number of demonstrators rallying to Occupy Central has dwindled in recent days, but the cancellation of proposed talks with the government means that the crisis is far from over

The optimistic continent

11 months agoNews : Banyan

A DREAM has motivated humanity for as long as parents have dreamed: that whatever life brings, it will be better for the next generation. In the West secular economic decline and the aftermath of the global financial crisis have changed...Show More Summary

The high cost of stability

11 months agoNews : Banyan

SINCE the coup d’état in May economists have been trying to figure what South-East Asia’s second-biggest economy will do next. The data show that this year there will be hardly any growth at all. Spending is weak, investment down, trade and tourism shrinking. Show More Summary

The billion-dollar disease

11 months agoNews : Banyan

JUST because statistics are official does not mean they can be trusted. Take India, where official reported cases of dengue fever look hopelessly inadequate. The disease, spread by mosquitoes, produces symptoms that can include fever, joint pain, exhaustion and, in a minority of cases, fatal haemorrhages. Show More Summary

Food fight

11 months agoNews : Banyan

THE MOOD across the table between Japanese and American negotiators on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade agreement, deteriorated sharply late last month: the Japanese side stormed out of talks in Washington, DC. Now the hostilities are continuing in the press. Show More Summary

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC