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Blog Profile / Banyan

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Posts on Regator:818
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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Wars of words

2 days 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

2 days 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

3 days agoNews : 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

4 days agoNews : 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

4 days agoNews : 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

last weekNews : 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

last weekNews : 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

last weekNews : 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

2 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

2 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?

2 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

3 weeks agoNews : 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

3 weeks agoNews : 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

The election that never ended

3 weeks agoNews : Banyan

THREE airless aluminium warehouses, shaped like giant armadillos, sit hunched on the outskirts of Kabul. Inside hundreds of volunteers and international election observers have been bustling around in stifling heat, arguing over the shape of tick-marks on individual ballots. Show More Summary

Back to your seats

4 weeks agoNews : Banyan

AN INTENSE political deadlock, played out against a backdrop of protests and deadly state violence, has come to an end. For nearly a year Cambodia’s national assembly was without an opposition; struggle in the streets had replaced normal politics and was starting to look like a permanent feature of the capital, Phnom Penh. Show More Summary

A new kind of president

last monthNews : Banyan

THE wait is over. After taking two weeks to count 135m ballots from 480,000-odd polling stations across the vast archipelago, Indonesia’s Election Commission (the KPU) has at last confirmed that Joko Widodo has been elected president. Show More Summary

A grisly end

last monthNews : Banyan

FOR many, the news that Yoo Byung-eun, a South Korean billionaire, has been found dead is a bitter disappointment. He had been the prime suspect in a ferry tragedy in which 304 passengers, many of them children, drowned on April 16th (ten bodies are still unaccounted for). Show More Summary

What good will come of it?

last monthNews : Banyan

Abe meets abductees' families THERE is a calm dignity about Shigeru and Sakie Yokota, the parents of Megumi, who was kidnapped in 1977, aged 13, by North Korean agents while on her way home from school. Mr and Mrs Yokota are now aged...Show More Summary

How the big rig rolls

last monthNews : Banyan

A SEA monster, it seems, can disappear just as quickly as it emerges. Choppy waters and anxious bystanders take more time to settle. On July 16th relations between Vietnam and China took another dramatic turn when a Chinese state-owned...Show More Summary


last monthNews : Banyan

THERE was a lot to like about the two-day visit that America’s secretary of state, John Kerry, made to Kabul at the weekend. In relatively short order it yielded an impressive breakthrough in the political crisis brought on by its recent...Show More Summary

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