Breaking the ice
By Sam Alexandroni - 30 October 12:00

<strong>Into the Abyss: explorers on the edge of survival</strong>

Benedict Allen <em>Faber & Fabe

To Siberia, slowly
By Dervla Murphy - 30 October 12:00

Dervla Murphy finds love, God and strong beer on the coal-fuelled train to Russia's furthest corner

Russia, 1956 and my dad
By Ivor Gaber - 23 October 13:00

Observatons on communists

It could have been me
By Martin Bell - 23 October 13:00

Martin Bell on Nguyen Vu Binh

A Vietnamese cyber dissident is imprisoned by a government determin

Example of a successful political party: UMNO
By Sholto Byrnes - 23 October 13:00

Founded in 1946, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) has been in power ever since the Federation of Malaya achieved independence in 1957.

Politics has been atomised
By Ashish Bhatt - 23 October 13:00

<strong>The Idea of India</strong>

Sunil Khilnani <em>Penguin Books, 304pp, £10.99</em>

ISBN 014

The last Mughal and a clash of civilisations
By William Dalrymple - 16 October 13:00

East and west face each other across a divide that some call a religious war. Suicide jihadis take w

I love this dirty town
By Mohsin Hamid - 09 October 13:00

Lahore was his first love, New York a passionate affair, but it was London that hooked Mohsin Hamid

Drugs and terror: Britain's role
By Misha Glenny - 09 October 13:00

Tony Blair's ambition to eradicate opium production in Afghanistan has failed miserably. More poppie

Beijing gets blogging
By Lindsey Hilsum - 02 October 13:00

With his baggy black T-shirt, earnest round face and mid-length hair, my friend looks like exactly what he is: a geeky, techno-savvy, new-generation Chinese journalist-cum-blogger-cum-podcaster.

Airbrushed again
By Salil Tripathi - 25 September 13:00

Observations on Mao

Caravan holiday
By Tarquin Hall - 25 September 13:00

<strong>Shadow of the Silk Road</strong>

Colin Thubron <em>Chatto & Windus, 363pp, £20</em>


On the path to greatness
By David Gilmour - 25 September 13:00

<strong>In Spite of the Gods: the strange rise of modern India</strong>

Edward Luce <em>Little, Br

Fraternal greetings from Ikea, Beijing
By Lindsey Hilsum - 18 September 13:00

Strolling around my new neighbourhood in Beijing, a long-time haunt of foreigners, I was confronted by a sign in Russian and English reading: "Welcome to Alien's Street." In fact, I felt alienated only once in my initial week in China, and that was when I went to Ikea.

Striking is so last century
By Digby Jones - 11 September 13:00

China and India pose more of a threat than bosses or workers

From edge to centre
By Anthony Giddens - 11 September 13:00

Observations on Siberia

Dictators: Between the Party and the markets
By Xiao Jia Gu - 04 September 13:00

Xiao Jia Gu on Hu Jintao of China

Dictators: The depths of evil
By Jasper Becker - 04 September 13:00

Jasper Becker on Kim Jong-il of North Korea

Lost in the city
By Andrew Holgate - 04 September 13:00

<strong>Sacred Games</strong>

Vikram Chandra <em>Faber & Faber, 915pp, £17.99</em>

ISBN 05712311

Dictators: Dreaming of the USSR
By Andrey Kurkov - 04 September 13:00

Andrey Kurkov on Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus

Mystery fever
By Margaret Cook - 04 September 13:00

<strong>China Syndrome: the true story of the 21st century's first great epidemic</strong>

Karl Ta

Dictators: Reform and the mullahs
By Ali M Ansari - 04 September 13:00

Ali M Ansari on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran

Dictators: Central Asia's new idol
By Lucy Ash - 04 September 13:00

Lucy Ash on Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan

After you, Dad
By Nkem Ifejika - 28 August 13:00

Observations on sons in power

Philippines: The killings gather pace
By Brian Cathcart - 28 August 13:00

You won't have heard of Hermie Marquesa. He lived in the town of Tandag, about 500 miles south of Manila, and he was an activist in a farmers' group called the Peasant Movement of the Philippines. A few nights ago some men with rifles forced their way into his house and shot him dead.

Sri Lanka: Slipping into all-out war
By Meenakshi Ganguly - 28 August 12:05

The half-million residents of the Jaffna peninsula are stranded and their supplies of food, water and medicine are dwindling. According to the UN Refugee Agency at least 170,000 others have been displaced and thousands of them lack food and shelter.

Islam must embrace different sects
By Ziauddin Sardar - 21 August 13:00

In the last weekend of July, a group of British Muslims flocked in their thousands to attend a convention in Alton, Hampshire. Most were of Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Indian origin.

Burma Special: Easy praise, empty words
By Archbishop Desmond Tutu - 14 August 13:00

By this October, my courageous sister and fellow Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi will have spent 11 years of her life in detention in Burma. Eleven years that she has sacrificed and dedicated to the freedom of her people.

Burma Special: Rangoon rappers who have to be careful how they hip-hop
By Mark McCrum - 14 August 13:00

It was the sight of saffron-robed monks whipping overexcited fans back into their seats at an outdoor gig in Bagan that first turned me on to one of the oddest hybrids in world contemporary music: the Burmese rap scene. The shaven-headed holy men had sticks and were in earnest.

Burma Special: Why we must talk to the generals
By Maung Zarni - 14 August 13:00

Focusing on Aung San Suu Kyi may not be the best way to bring democracy to Burma, argues Maung Zarni