Traffic here in New Delhi is often many things: chaotic, congested, beguiling. It is never, however, boring. Here’s a video I recorded one recent night on the way home from work.
Highly recommended: The WSJ‘s Andrew Browne on parallels between China’s Great Wall, which was erected at a time of debate about the country’s role in the world, and their current claims in the South China Sea: Echoes of this history reverberate today in the South China Sea, where China is building massive fortifications — artificial […]
Norm Ornstein, of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, explains the rise of Donald Trump: When you look at populism over the longer course of both American history and other countries that have suffered economic traumas as a result of financial collapse, you’re gonna get the emergence of some leaders who exploit nativism, protectionism, and isolationism. […]
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Michael Barone, in a WSJ op-ed Friday, puts the Trump phenomenon in historical context: Even if Donald Trump secures the Republican nomination and somehow overcomes current polls to be elected president, there will be few Trump clones among Republicans in Congress and in state and local office. If he is nominated and defeated by a […]
A recent week-long vacation combined with subsequent general busyness means I’ve been delayed in pointing out a couple of recent stories. The first is a story my colleague and I put together on the rise of Asia-focused consumer-to-conumser shopping apps. Think eBay, but for the smartphone age. The piece begins: Instead of listening to music or playing videogames […]
Facebook, as we all know, has a gargantuan user base — some 1.59 billion people, to be exact. And as its recent earnings show, the company is doing extremely well, raking in more than $1 billion in quarterly profit for the first time. Last week here in Singapore I spoke with Dan Neary (pictured), Facebook’s Asia-Pacific vice president, about […]
Acquired recently in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Backstory is here.
Novelist and long-time South Carolina resident Pat Conroy, pictured above, died Friday. From the Charleston, SC Post and Courier obit: Pat Conroy, the best-selling novelist and proud adoptive son of the Lowcountry who wrote lyrically about Charleston and unflinchingly about The Citadel, died Friday. He was 70. The author of “The Great Santini,” “The Lords […]
The story begins: Silicon Valley’s 500 Startups is starting a fund to pump money into Vietnam, a sign that some foreign investors believe the communist state’s technology scene is set to blossom. The Mountain View, Calif.-based seed investor and startup incubator said Tuesday that it aims to invest $10 million in some 100 to 150 […]