<strong>The Zero Train</strong>
Yuri Buida <em>Dedalus, 140pp, £6.99</em>
It is a society infested with spies, where people live in terror of a hardline military regime, yet
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.
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.
Focusing on Aung San Suu Kyi may not be the best way to bring democracy to Burma, argues Maung Zarni
A romantic view persists of a country of silk and temples
Burma has other woes besides a cruel dictatorship. The country is a patchwork of ethnic groups which
Pioneered by bearded hippies running clapped-out vans on recycled chip fat, biofuels now mean big bu
In the heart of Iran, Rory MacLean finds 1960s travellers have left a lasting - and controversial -
The Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen was once famously described as the "conscience of his
High oil prices have given Russia renewed power, frightening the west but bringing hope to ordinary
MTV has been "Indianised" - but is it still an American brand at heart? Emily Jeal investigates
<strong>What the Chinese Don't Eat
</strong>Xinran <em>Vintage, 224pp, £7.99</em>
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.
<strong>God Lives in St Petersburg
</strong>Tom Bissell <em>Faber & Faber, 224pp, £7.99</em>
It is a commonplace that the past hundred years saw the ascent of the west, even that it was the "Am
How rapidly the press marginalises subjects such as the brutality of British colonialism and puts th
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.
For six decades, India scorned consumerism. But a taste for luxury is flourishing in the new Delhi,
Traditions of arranged marriage and the old faith in communism are merging with consumer choice. Thi
Observations on India
Brown sahibs love nothing better than to indulge their fancy for tearing each other apart with finge