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Blog Profile / Banyan

Filed Under:News
Posts on Regator:825
Posts / Week:4.7
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Unleashing the mob

16 hours 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

21 hours 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 days 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

4 days 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

6 days 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

last weekNews : 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

last weekNews : 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

last weekNews : 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

last weekNews : 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 weekNews : 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 weekNews : 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

Strangers by choice

last weekNews : Banyan

FEW subjects can matter more in the long term than how India and China, with nearly 40% of the world’s population between them, manage to get along. In the years before they fought a short border war, in 1962, relations had been rosy. Show More Summary

Seeking meat on the bones

2 weeks agoNews : Banyan

INDIA’S prime minister, Narendra Modi, has developed an admirably direct style of public speaking. On August 15th he delivered his first Independence Day address, without a script, in Hindi, from the walls of the Red Fort in Delhi. He...Show More Summary

The uncompensated

2 weeks agoNews : Banyan

WHEN sharp lights beamed through his windows in the dead of one January night in 2010, in the village of Khatawa in Paktia Province, Haji Sharabuddin feared Taliban militants had come to attack his family. His son ventured outside to face the intruders, but was immediately shot by a group of men hiding on the roof. Show More Summary

Wrath of Khan

3 weeks agoNews : Banyan

LAST summer was an historic one for Pakistan. Not only did a civilian government manage to serve a full five-year term, at long last, but the country also saw its first-ever transition of power between two elected governments. It sparked...Show More Summary

Justice late, better than never

3 weeks agoNews : Banyan

FOR Cambodians it has been a long wait. Almost 35 years after the Khmer Rouge were driven from power by a Vietnamese invasion, the movement’s last surviving senior leaders have been found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to jail for life. Show More Summary

Five hundred days of dictatorship

3 weeks agoNews : Banyan

THE ARMY has been the most powerful force in Thai political life since the introduction of constitutional monarchy in 1932. Since its most recent power grab, in a coup d’état sprung on May 22nd, a junta has been busy building a façade of legitimacy—as if to obscure from view their new dictatorship. Show More Summary

Where’s the protest?

4 weeks agoNews : Banyan

ACROSS the rice-paddy fields from the Sendai ( ??) nuclear plant, at the southern tip of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, Ryoko Torihara is battling to prevent two reactors being switched back on. She is in her 60s, and runs the local anti-nuclear association from her sitting room. Show More Summary

Great big pool of sovereignty

last monthNews : Banyan

REPRESENTATIVES of the states party to the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) gathered in Palau between July 29th and 31st with an oceanic task on their hands: to revitalise their region’s premier political organisation. This year's gathering...Show More Summary

Forced landing

last monthNews : Banyan

THERE was a hint of triumph when Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, boasted on June 19th that no asylum-seekers had reached Australia by boat for six months. It did not last. On July 27th the government itself landed 157 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seekers on the Australian mainland. Show More Summary

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