End of the line
By Sam Alexandroni - 14 August 13:00

<strong>The Zero Train</strong>

Yuri Buida <em>Dedalus, 140pp, £6.99</em>

ISBN 190351701X

Burma Special: A nation in waiting
By Peter Popham - 14 August 13:00

It is a society infested with spies, where people live in terror of a hardline military regime, yet

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

Burma Special: On the road to Myanmar's Mandalay
By Sholto Byrnes - 14 August 13:00

A romantic view persists of a country of silk and temples

Burma Special: The forgotten war
By Jacob Rigg - 14 August 13:00

Burma has other woes besides a cruel dictatorship. The country is a patchwork of ethnic groups which

Frankenstein fuels
By Mark Lynas - 07 August 13:00

Pioneered by bearded hippies running clapped-out vans on recycled chip fat, biofuels now mean big bu

Dark side of the hippie trail
By Rory MacLean - 31 July 13:00

In the heart of Iran, Rory MacLean finds 1960s travellers have left a lasting - and controversial -

Computer illiterate
By Salil Tripathi - 31 July 13:00

Observations on India

Finding our common ground
By Amartya Sen - 31 July 13:00

The Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen was once famously described as the "conscience of his

That old cliché spirit!
By Salil Tripathi - 24 July 13:00

Observations on Mumbai bombs

Stuff of dreams
By Helen Womack - 17 July 13:00

High oil prices have given Russia renewed power, frightening the west but bringing hope to ordinary

Losing yourself in music
By Emily Jeal - 10 July 13:00

MTV has been "Indianised" - but is it still an American brand at heart? Emily Jeal investigates

The far-out east
By Mary Fitzgerald - 10 July 13:00

<strong>What the Chinese Don't Eat

</strong>Xinran <em>Vintage, 224pp, £7.99</em>

ISBN 009950152

A reckoning at last
By Alex White - 10 July 13:00

Observations on the Khmer Rouge

World stage: China's offer to Africa: pure capitalism
By Lindsey Hilsum - 03 July 13:00

Colonialism is dead; long live colonialism. Just as the war in Iraq may be seen as the high water mark of US power, I suspect Tony Blair's Commission for Africa and last year's Gleneagles summit will be seen as the last gasp of the post-colonial order in Africa.

Cruelty behind a joke
By Rachel Denber - 03 July 13:00

Observations on Turkmenistan

Caucasus blues
By James Wilson - 26 June 13:00

<strong>God Lives in St Petersburg

</strong>Tom Bissell <em>Faber & Faber, 224pp, £7.99</em>


The triumph of the east
By Niall Ferguson - 26 June 13:00

It is a commonplace that the past hundred years saw the ascent of the west, even that it was the "Am

Who's the twerp and who writes twaddle?
By Peter Wilby - 26 June 13:00

How rapidly the press marginalises subjects such as the brutality of British colonialism and puts th

A forest sunset and a chop
By Lindsey Hilsum - 19 June 13:00

A lotus flower by any other name would smell as sweet, but not in China. In Beijing last week, I found a flat and adopted a name.

I am moving to the Chinese capital in September to set up a Channel 4 News bureau, and this was the first taste of my new life.

Happiness is an old Ambassador
By Tarquin Hall - 19 June 13:00

For six decades, India scorned consumerism. But a taste for luxury is flourishing in the new Delhi,

Genghis day
By Robert Nurden - 19 June 13:00

Observations on Mongolia

All change
By Charles Glass - 12 June 13:00

Observations on Turkey

China's love market
By Xiao Jia Gu - 12 June 13:00

Traditions of arranged marriage and the old faith in communism are merging with consumer choice. Thi

Uproar over caste quotas for colleges
By Sarah Bancroft - 05 June 13:00

Observations on India

Ziauddin Sardar marvels at the brown sahibs
By Ziauddin Sardar - 05 June 13:00

Brown sahibs love nothing better than to indulge their fancy for tearing each other apart with finge

Power of the pen
By Salil Tripathi - 15 May 13:00

Observations on Indonesia

Lindsey Hilsum worries about China
By Lindsey Hilsum - 15 May 13:00

China's economic interests are blooming into military ties: arming militaries in Latin America, for