When the New Statesman asked me to submit a nomination for a poll of "heroes of our time" a few months ago, Aung San Suu Kyi was my instant choice.
<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
Pioneered by bearded hippies running clapped-out vans on recycled chip fat, biofuels now mean big bu
The Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen was once famously described as the "conscience of his
In the heart of Iran, Rory MacLean finds 1960s travellers have left a lasting - and controversial -
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.
How rapidly the press marginalises subjects such as the brutality of British colonialism and puts th
<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
For six decades, India scorned consumerism. But a taste for luxury is flourishing in the new Delhi,
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.
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
China's economic interests are blooming into military ties: arming militaries in Latin America, for
Pakistan's intelligence service used to sponsor the Islamists. Now it is trying to prevent them taki
<strong>The Aquariums of Pyongyang: ten years in the North Korean Gulag</strong>
Kang Chol-hwan an