Rising from the east: a Japanese soldier takes aim at a bomber targeting nearby positions, c.1941. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Unfinished business: the legacy of the Second World War in China and Japan
By Rana Mitter - 30 July 12:01

The Pacific war did not end neatly in 1945.

Indian women taking part in the 2014 International Toilet Festival in New Delhi. Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images
Why Bollywood is making a movie about open defecation
By Rose George - 09 July 14:56

One in two people in India defecate in the open, but the solution isn’t as simple as just building more toilets. Now Bollywood is making a satirical comedy that hopes to change minds about sanitation.

The 14th Dalai Lama in 2006. Photo: Yancho Sabev via Wikimedia Commons.
The strange case of the anti-Dalai Lama protesters trolling Glastonbury
By Barbara Speed - 26 June 9:48

A mass of near-identical accounts have been spamming the Glastonbury hashtag over the past week. But who are they, and what do they want? 

No resistance: an anti-drone protest in Pakistan.
Eyes in the sky: the legal and philosophical implications of drone warfare
By David Patrikarakos - 25 June 10:07

Regardless of its critics, drone warfare is here to stay.

Xi Jinping delivers his speech for the National Day reception in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, September 2014. Photo: How Hwee Young/EPA
What the West should know about Xi Jinping, China’s most powerful leader since Mao
By Jonathan Fenby - 23 June 12:12

In the two years since he took China's most important job, Xi Jinping has strengthened his grip on the state.

The auroville dome, which Suzanne Moore visited, under construction. Photo: Serge Duchemin
In India, the next stage of evolution involves special socks and a substantial donation
By Suzanne Moore - 11 June 16:40

There is no “money” in Auroville, yet the Indian boys at the café were soon bringing me patisserie for bribes. In the form of money.

Joshua Oppenheimer: "Non-fiction cinema is doing what journalism should be doing"
By Yohann Koshy - 10 June 15:31

The US director is continuing to expose the stories of Indonesia's past atrocities, and sees film as a conduit to subjects investigative journalism no longer has the resources to reach.

Indian Muslims seek blessings on Eid al-Fitr at the shrine of Sufi Muslim poet Amir Khusro. Photo: Tengku Bahar/AFP/Getty
In search of a Sufi saint on Radio 4’s Incarnations: India in 50 Lives
By Antonia Quirke - 29 May 9:38

As we advance through the series, its cities and centuries sounding like some powerful exclamation, what is happening more subtly is a sense of the country cohering as a nation.

Victory Day in Russia: why use a huge military display to commemorate peace?
By Jana Bakunina - 11 May 18:02

Cutting through the patriotism in Russia's Victory Day march.

Rip it up and start again: a kindergarten remains standing on a demolition site in Shaanxi Province. Photo: Reuters
Disappearing villages: the losers in China's breakneck urbanisation
By Isabel Hilton - 06 May 10:33

So rapid has China's development been that at any given moment there are vast, empty proto-cities waiting for people.

Mount Everest. Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Jan Morris: No one else needs to climb Everest – let’s turn it into a memorial
By Jan Morris - 06 May 8:32

Everest has been violated by fame, profit, sectarian rivalry and national pride. It's time to return it to holiness.

A Buddha statue is surrounded by debris from a collapsed temple. Photo: Omar Havana/Getty Images
Nepal has become a country that can't see the future – this quake gives us a chance to change that
By Rubeena Mahato - 30 April 12:17

I look at my house, damaged when a neighbour’s house collapsed on to it, and I wonder: will any of this be rebuilt?

A Nepalese resident sits near collapsed and damaged buildings on Sunday. Photo: Getty
Kathmandu mourns earthquake's victims and continues search for survivors
By Citymetric - 28 April 12:53

It is now estimated that the death toll could reach ten thousand.

The Armenian genocide memorial in Armenia. Photo: Flickr/z@doune
The Armenian genocide: the journey from victim to survivor
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 April 9:59

The global activity around the Armenian genocide centenary is unprecedented – reality TV stars, western lawyers, Turkish intellectuals, metalheads and the Pope have all spoken out. But has this brought international recognition any closer?

Islamic State faces a complex web of militant groups and violence in Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 23 April 10:14

The signs of Islamic State moving into Pakistan are there, but what difference does this make in a nation already subject to similar horrors?

A woman at work in the Who Made Your Pants workshop. Photo: WMYP
Why don’t you care who made your clothes?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 22 April 15:53

Two years after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, in which over a thousand people died, we still fail to appreciate the human cost of the clothes we wear.

From popular leader to enemy of the west: it is 15 years since Putin came to power
By James Rodgers - 26 March 15:47

The Russian president has been in power in some capacity for 15 years. Is his political autumn finally looming?

Bright lights, big city: a bustling crossing in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo in 2013. Photo: MARTIN ROEMERS / PANOS
What the west can learn from Japan’s “lost decades”
By Roland Kelts - 26 March 10:18

Roland Kelts wonders whether Japan-style stagnation would really be so bad in the west.

Silencing India’s Daughter: why has the Indian government banned the Delhi rape film?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 March 14:40

Delhi is refusing to air a documentary about the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student in 2012.

Vegetables. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images
Han Kang's The Vegetarian: the failures of language and the mysteries of the physical
By Joanna Walsh - 26 February 11:03

Comparable to Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener” to Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist”, The Vegetarian ties social refusal to sexual protest.

Leader of the AAP Arvind Kejriwal at a rally in Varanasi in May 2014. Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
What is behind the resurgence of the AAP, India’s radical anti-corruption movement?
By Samira Shackle - 13 February 9:30

The Aam Aadmi Party, led by Arvind Kejriwal, has won 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi’s elections.

Rohingya children play by a relief tent at Bawdupah's Internally Displaced People camp on the outskirts of Sittwe. Photo: Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images
The Rohingya crisis in Burma has become “a protracted, squalid, stateless status-quo”
By Oliver Griffin - 06 February 14:56

The status of Burma’s Rohingya people has devolved to the point where even naming them has become controversial. We need to do more.

The shipping container: the ubiquitous unit that has been called the “hidden plumbing of globalisation”. Photo: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty
Welcome to Containerstan: how the shipping container took over the world
By Timothy P A Cooper - 04 February 16:23

The ubiquitous unit of global commerce has infiltrated every sphere of modern life – whether as a means of trafficking, a symbol of gentrification, or a part of political protest.

A literal tiger mother. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
How Chinese success in education comes at a high cost
By Tanith Carey - 16 January 9:00

The school day often lasts nine hours – with breaks for eye massages to reduce eye strain and physical activity to keep concentration levels high.

Missing AirAsia flight QZ8501: what we know so far
By New Statesman - 28 December 10:05

Air traffic control has lost contact with a passenger plane flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board.

After the wave: Devastation in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo: Jim Holmes/Design Pics/Corbis
Miracle of the tsunami
By Xan Rice - 22 December 16:21

A family lost a son and daughter in the Indian Ocean disaster. Ten years on, they may have found them.

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.