Activists commemorate the second anniversary of the Delhi gang rape. Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty
Two years after the infamous Delhi gang rape, India’s women still aren’t safe
By Samira Shackle - 17 December 9:55

India is only just beginning to understand the scale of its sexual violence problem. The public discussion in the wake of the Nirbhaya case has been encouraging, but until it translates into action, little will change.

The All India Democratic Women's Association protests the death of two Dalit girls in Badaun. Photo: Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images
How India’s Dalit women are being empowered to fight endemic sexual violence
By Rahila Gupta - 16 December 17:21

The conviction rate for rape cases by India’s “untouchable” women stands at 2 per cent, compared to 24 per cent for women in general. However, they are starting to fight back.

Soldiers protect schoolchildren rescued from the site of the attack. Photo: A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images
In Pakistan, fear has become mundane – will the Peshawar attack change anything?
By Samira Shackle - 16 December 13:26

Over a hundred people are dead, many of them children. Even in the terror-stricken context of Pakistan, this attack is shocking.

Children wait to perform at a ceremony for the new French International School in Beijing, 19 October. Photo: Getty
Letter from Beijing: Inside the private schools educating China’s elite
By Zoe Alsop - 30 October 12:32

In recent years the number of private schools catering to Chinese nationals has grown rapidly. A Chinese-owned chain offering a Canadian curriculum dominates, with more than 30 schools across the country.

Protestors sit in front of hundreds of messages posted near the government HQ. Photo: Getty
In Hong Kong, people have never had the vote – but that won’t stop them demanding democracy
By Adam White - 02 October 13:25

Occupy Central with Love and Peace, the student-led pro-democracy demonstration, has turned the city’s traffic-filled roads into an ocean of goodwill.

Hong Kong pro-democracy protestors gather near a ceremony marking China's 65th National Day. Photo: Getty
Hong Kong protests: Beijing is now face to face with universal suffrage promise
By Surya Deva - 01 October 10:54

The people of Hong Kong are making their voices heard as never before.

In the slums of Manila, inequality is so bad that the worst off have no chance to protest
By Paul Roy - 18 September 8:42

Independent filmmaker Paul Roy recounts his experiences in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Hong Kong's citizens remain determined to achieve democratic values for their city. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Stringer/Getty Images
The fight for democracy and liberty in Hong Kong
By Robert Macquarie - 31 July 17:59

Chinese pressure on the city's government is pushing the situation into dangerous territory.

"I am one of thousands of women to have suffered – widows, orphans, victims of sexual abuse and rape".
“My son was killed... but it strengthened my commitment”
By Lucy Fisher - 11 July 11:36

Despite tragedy, two Afghan women explain how they refuse to be cowed by militants from carrying out their work.

Bangladeshi commuters sit in traffic jam along a main road in Dhaka. Photo: Getty
Welcome to the traffic capital of the world
By Michael Hobbes - 03 July 13:36

What I learned from the crippling gridlock in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Justin Bieber: big in Manila. Photo: Getty.
The authorities keep trying to ban celebrities from Manila
By Barbara Speed - 30 June 15:53

Why is the Filipino capital so sensitive?

Smoke drifts over grounded planes at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi after the attacks. Photo: Getty
For people in Karachi, the airport attacks show once more that fear has become a fact of life
By Samira Shackle - 09 June 10:05

It is mind-boggling that such an audacious attack should be possible in such a major airport in a major city. What does it say about the state of Karachi, and of Pakistan, that it was able to happen at all?

Tycoon tower: the 27-storey Antilia, Mumbai residence of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, has come to symbolise Indian wealth disparity. Photo: Getty
Slumdog billionaires: the rise of India’s tycoons
By James Crabtree - 05 June 10:00

New non-fiction books by the novelists Arundhati Roy and Rana Dasgupta examine India’s troubled relationship with capitalism and the blurred links between political and business elites. 

A protestor pleads with a People's Liberation Army officer not to attack students assembled in the square, 1989. Photograph: Peter Turnley/Corbis
Tiananmen’s hungry ghosts: 25 years on, the massacre still haunts modern China
By Isabel Hilton - 04 June 8:46

The events of 4 June 1989 continue to generate new crimes – the crime of remembering, and the crime of forgetting.

A placard from a 2008 human rights protest in Karachi, Pakistan. Photo: Getty
The stoning of Farzana P
By Bina Shah - 28 May 15:07

The death of a 25-year-old pregnant woman at the hands of her family was not an “honour killing”. It was murder.

Thai police stand guard outside a military compound before former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives to report to Thailand's ruling military. Photo: Getty
Myths that have kept Thailand together now risk tearing it apart following military coup
By Matthew Phillips - 23 May 13:15

The danger now is that myth, not sense, will come to define Thai citizenship in the wake of the army’s latest intervention.

How the west embraced Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book
By John Gray - 23 May 12:30

At the peak of its popularity, Mao's bible was the most printed book in the world. It attained the status of a sacred, holy text during the Cultural Revolution, and retains its place among western devotees.

Saffron warriors: Modi waves to supporters on his way to file nomination papers in Varanasi. Photo: Getty
Narendra Modi: man of the masses
By William Dalrymple - 12 May 17:00

Modi, implicated in a massacre in 2002 while chief minister of Gujarat, has been elected as India’s new prime minister. Is he a dangerous neo-fascist, as some say, or the strongman reformer that this country of 1.2 billion people craves?

Narendra Modi addressing a rally in Sidhuali near Lucknow, India. Photo: Getty
We must not turn a blind eye to the election of Narendra Modi, India’s Milosevic
By Mehdi Hasan - 02 May 14:10

As a British citizen, I am ashamed that my government is willing to cosy up to standard-bearers of religious fascism – as long, it seems, as they aren’t Muslim.

Everything you need to know about India’s elections
By Sophie McBain - 01 May 12:50

On 16 May we'll know the results of the world’s biggest-ever elections – with 814m Indians voting over six weeks. What’s at stake?

Truth to power: Arvind Kejriwal campaigning in Delhi in early April. Photo: Hindustan Times via Getty
Taxman with the common touch: Arvind Kejriwal of India’s Aam Aadmi Party
By Priya Virmani - 17 April 10:00

The AAP’s leader looks like a cross between Gandhi and Charlie Chaplin and has an unwavering, energetic commitment to his cause.

India’s Supreme Court recognises a third gender
By Sophie McBain - 16 April 11:37

The Supreme Court in India has issued a new law allowing transgender people to change their gender on official documents to reflect their gender identity – why are so many European countries still several steps behind?

Statues in the ruins of Angkor Wat, photographed in 1952. Photo by Baron/Getty Images
Finding Pol Pot’s lost love
By Peter Fröberg Idling - 28 March 13:21

For most of his thirties, Cambodia's brutal dictator worked as a French teacher in Phnom Penh and his students adored him.

The arrivals board at Beijing International Airport on 8 March lists Flight MH370 as cancelled. Photo: Getty
The lost passengers of Flight MH370: why the modern world can’t cope with missing people
By India Ross - 25 March 11:09

In a world where we expect everyone to be accounted for, missing people enter into the realm of fiction.

Relatives of passengers aboard Flight MH370 wait in vain for news. (Photo: Getty)
Coping with the trauma of missing flight MH370
By Amanda Harris - 18 March 17:11

While the world searches for the plane or theorises about its disappearance, what about the effects on the desperate families and friends waiting for news – and even us?

Baidu's suggested search feature is very revealing.
What Baidu’s search autofill reveals about the soul of the average Chinese web surfer
By Christopher Beam - 14 March 12:54

“What do I do if I'm ugly?”, and other questions.

Women observe the festival of Rishi Panchami in Kathmandu. Photo: Poulomi Basu/WaterAid
What is life like when your period means you are shunned by society?
By Rose George - 11 March 10:00

How can you cope when having your period puts your health at risk? Rose George reports from Nepal and Bangladesh on menstrual taboos.

China’s billionaire politicians quadruple their wealth
By Sophie McBain - 06 March 12:16

Despite their low official government salaries, at this week’s National People’s Congress annual meeting, there will be 86 renminbi billionaires and China’s richest politicians have quadrupled their wealth in the past eight years. But is there a right level to set politicians’ pay?

The President of Kazakhstan suggests his country should be renamed
By Sophie McBain - 21 February 12:06

President Nazerbayev doesn't want to rule a "stan" any more. So he's suggesting it become Kazakh Yeli or Kazakhiya.

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