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Blog Profile / Banyan

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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

When the luck runs out

39 minutes 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

42 minutes 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

45 minutes 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

47 minutes 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

51 minutes 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

54 minutes 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

last weekNews : 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

last weekNews : 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

last weekNews : Banyan

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

National treasure

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

Changing of the garb

3 weeks agoNews : Banyan

THE top generals have swapped their uniforms for civilian dress, some four months after toppling Thailand’s electoral democracy in a coup d’état. On September 30th, the coup leader and prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha (looking natty in blue, pictured), stepped down from his position as army chief. Show More Summary

Being led from behind

3 weeks agoNews : Banyan

THE Afghan army and police forces are pretty much on their own. That much seems increasingly clear after a summer that has seen some of the deadliest fighting since the war began. While foreign troops are only beginning to withdraw, armed militants have wasted no time in taking up new territory. Show More Summary

Hanging tough

3 weeks agoNews : Banyan

IT IS one of the anomalies of Japan’s approach to the death penalty that a stricken conscience can bring the system grinding to a halt. At least two Japanese justice ministers have refused to sign execution orders, most recently Seiken Sugiura, a devout Buddhist who oversaw a 15-month moratorium from 2005 to 2006. Show More Summary

Cement ties

3 weeks agoNews : Banyan

The Surma river at Chhattak. The town lies hundreds of kilometres upstream from Dhaka, one of the world's fastest growing cities Source: All photos: Tom Felix Joehnk A 17km industrial conveyor belt carries in limestone from a mine in the Khasi Hills on the other side of the border with India...Continue reading

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