Jonathan Kent

Stories by Jonathan Kent

  • Winemaking By The Stars

    Nicolas Joly is one of France's most polemical vignerons and one of its best: his Coulée de Serrant, from a plot first tended by Cistercian monks in the 12th century, ranks among the world's top whites. NEWSWEEK's Jonathan Kent spoke with Joly about his new book advocating "biodynamic" growing methods: ...
  • Troops and Tension in Rangoon

    Britain's ambassador to Burma discusses the situation in Rangoon as protestors continue to defy the military junta.
  • Laos Dam Raises Ethical Bar

    New construction in one of Asia's poorest countries raises the ethical bar for the world's megaprojects.
  • Low Cost, Long Hop

    Tony Fernandes comes across as slightly cocky. But then the 42-year-old has earned the right to be. In five short years he's transformed air travel in South East Asia, and if his latest gamble pays off he'll soon be shaking up the aviation scene worldwide. This month, he announced the launch of Air Asia X--sister carrier to his Malaysia-based Air Asia--which aims to apply the budget airline's short-haul business model to transcontinental flights. "There's a real yearning to go further both from Europe and China down to Malaysia and vice versa," Fernandes says. "So over the last year and a half we've been exploring to see whether there's a product that will [apply] the principles of low-cost carriers to this new airline."Come July, Air Asia X plans to launch its inaugural service between Kuala Lumpur and the United Kingdom with roundtrip fares starting at around $80 for early bookings. The plan is a network of budget routes linking Asia to Europe and eventually North America. Nor is...
  • Can Bali Bounce Back?

    Transport, sir?" Wayan Oka, 28, spends much of his day hanging out with his friends on Monkey Forest Road in the town of Ubud. Indeed, walk down the streets of Bali's cultural capital, and in 10 minutes you'll be accosted by a dozen or more young men like Oka, sitting beside the road and hawking their services as unofficial taxi drivers. "You're my first job today," Oka says. It's past 9 p.m. and Ubud's streets are dark and almost deserted. The restaurants have long since emptied, and the bars are quiet Oka is 28 and an economics graduate, but with business this bad, there's no demand for economists. "My girlfriend and I want to get married, but I don't have enough money," he says.Before Oct. 12, 2002, international tourists thronged to Bali, a Hindu jewel set in a necklace of predominantly Muslim islands strung through warm equatorial seas. Then came the awful day when bombs went off in the Sari Club and Paddy's Bar in the tourist center of Kuta, killing 202 people and injuring...