What is Shinto?
By Jeffrey Somers - 27 June 11:27

A religion with no founder, no scriptures and only a loosely organised priesthood

Shinto's relationship with Japanese life
By Jeffrey Somers - 26 June 12:59

How Japanese religions are centred round three elements: birth, life and death

The Mystery of Shinto
By Jeffrey Somers - 25 June 11:23

Is it possible to demystify this most opaque of religions?

An outrage too far
By Lindsey Hilsum - 21 June 13:00

An internet protest over human trafficking shakes the grip of the Chinese censors

Bush's bluff has been called by China
By Mark Lynas - 14 June 13:00

Even for George Bush, the apostle of climate-change deniers, an out-and-out obstructionist US positi

A stan in the middle
By Sorrel Neuss - 14 June 13:00

With both US and Russian bases, Kyrgyzstan is caught in the middle of a battle for military dominanc

Excuse me, who am I?
By Shekhar Kapur - 14 June 13:00

The birth pangs of a film. The smell of Mumbai at night. And the mother of the streets who provides

Those dangerous bloggers
By Lindsey Hilsum - 07 June 13:00

The funniest bit of the film Prisoners of Freedom City is when the secret policeman picks his nose. He has a good dig around while sitting outside the apartment he's monitoring, unaware that those he's observing have turned the tables and are filming him.

Cultural diplomacy
By Richard Brooks - 04 June 13:00

Neil Kinnock, chair of the British Council, tells Richard Brooks why China isn't ready for Tracey's

A view from the east
By Salil Tripathi - 04 June 13:00

Indian art nets record prices even as its makers suffer threats to their freedom of expression.

China's gaping wound
By Jonathan Mirsky - 04 June 13:00

Observations on Tiananmen

History reduced to rubble
By Lindsey Hilsum - 28 May 13:00

Lindsey Hilsum charts the Chinese government's ambiguous relationship with ancient buildings

All together now
By Mary Fitzgerald - 28 May 13:00

<strong>Karaoke: the global phenomenon</strong>

Zhou Xun and Francesca Tarocco<br /><em>Reaktion,

Wide open spaces
By Melissa Katsoulis - 28 May 13:00

<strong>The Cave of the Yellow Dog</strong>

Byambasuren Davaa and Lisa Reisch<br /><em>Virago, 160

Afghan secrets
By Hamida Ghafour - 28 May 13:00

<strong>A Thousand Splendid Suns</strong>

Khaled Hosseini<br /><em>Bloomsbury, 389pp, £16.99</em>

Massacre in Karachi
By Ziauddin Sardar - 28 May 13:00

Ziauddin Sardar has disappeared

Chagos: Dirty tricks and delays
By Robert Bain - 24 May 10:44

A British court again upholds the right of the Chagossian people to live in their homeland four deca

Political purification
By Jeremy Seabrook - 14 May 13:00

Observations on Bangladesh

The outsider
By Liza Dalby - 14 May 13:00

Liza Dalby recalls a visit to Japan's Inland Sea, where island life is less harmonious than you migh

Miliband is the next Clarkson (not)
By Dylan Jones - 14 May 13:00

Asking him if he was running for the leadership was a bit like asking Cameron if he'd taken cocaine.

It could have been me
By William Hague - 14 May 13:00

William Hague on Saw Naing Naing

A politician whose only crime has been daring to speak out in su

Turkey's army and the west's hypocrisy
By Rageh Omaar - 14 May 13:00

A spontaneous demonstration in favour of secularism in Turkey was hailed as a beacon of hope but the

The fine art of becoming rich
By Lindsey Hilsum - 14 May 13:00

How a taste for Chinese painting is making the artists rich

A kiss is still a kiss
By Salil Tripathi - 08 May 13:14

Salil Tripathi attacks the lawyers and judges from 'Indian hick towns' who criticise Shilpa Shetty b

Pakistan: The Taliban takeover
By Ziauddin Sardar - 30 April 13:00

Pakistan is reverberating with the call of jihad. Taliban-style militias are spreading rapidly out f

Someone still loves you, Boris
By Artemy Troitsky - 30 April 13:00

Russian 21st-century leaders don't bother to sweat. They either cancel elections or falsify them

A vision of the future
By Hugh Barnes - 30 April 13:00

China's multimillion-dollar port scheme in Baluchistan gives it a foothold in the Middle East that i

Free software, free speech
By Mike Butcher - 27 April 11:33

An pro-open source protester is arrested during a Bill Gates speech in China

The terror of self-satisfaction
By Ziauddin Sardar - 23 April 13:00

What goes on in the mind of a jihadi?

Maoists who moved on
By Gareth Thomas - 23 April 13:00

Observations on Nepal

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