Will the protests against the Delhi gang rape reach rural India?
By Priya Virmani - 31 December 11:46

In the backwaters of India, in rural areas still governed by feudal mindsets, rapes and gang rapes continue with impunity. The candle flame wave being carried through Delhi’s foggy, winter nights is not reaching this India.

Survival Pods
Chinese authorities arrest members of “Doomsday Cult”
By Alex Ward - 20 December 16:39

Over 1,000 members of the sect will witness the end of days from their prison cells.

Burma: daring to hope
By Ivan Lewis - 14 December 0:32

If Aung San Suu Kyi dares to hope that Burma’s future can be better, then we have a duty to support her with every means at our disposal.

Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton with Zin Mar Aung in March 2012
A poet behind bars, broadcasting from Burma and an argument over aid
By Phil Jones - 06 December 5:52

What kind of regime is so afraid that it imprisons a 22-year-old woman for ten years for writing a poem? We’re broadcasting Jeremy Vine’s Radio 2 show live from Burma, something that until recently would have been unthinkable. The poet’s name is Zin Mar Aung.

The Stanserhorn mountain in Central Switzerland.
India’s strange addiction to Switzerland
By Ritwik Deo - 05 December 9:36

A love story based on scenery, souvenir T-shirts, watches and hope.

Pakistani students protest in Lahore earlier this month
The mob mentality that prevents things improving for Pakistan's minorities
By Samira Shackle - 04 December 9:21

While politicians shy away from watering down official discrimination, the situation isn't going to improve.

A chai-wallah makes a brew in the Jari Mari slum, next to Mumbai Airport
Things are different in India: Starbucks vs the chai-wallah
By Ritwik Deo - 28 November 10:17

How could something so bland and corporate ever compete with the muzzein-like call of the friendly chai-wallah?

A worker holds cotton at a cotton factory
Why are Indian farmers committing suicide over their debts?
By Leah Borromeo - 27 November 9:31

Cotton farming has such narrow margins that finding cash to hold a family together can prove too much.

Sea View Beach in Karachi
Armed guards, metal detectors and no phone signal: The realities of living under a high terror alert
By Samira Shackle - 19 November 15:25

The threat of terror attacks in Pakistan make things difficult sometimes, but life goes on with good humour and pragmatism.

Missiles are displayed during a North Korean military parade
UN diplomats: North Korean military hardware seized en route to Syria
By Alex Ward - 15 November 9:27

Pyongyang accused of violating UN sanctions to export missile technology to Assad.

Video: Barclays trader hurls abuse at construction workers
By Caroline Crampton - 12 November 11:46

Olivier Desbarres fired after a video of him yelling abuse at construction workers in Singapore was posted online.

Neelam, a 14-year-old schoolgirl from Madhya Pradesh, India.
When Neelam started her period, she thought she was dying like her mother
By Rose George - 09 November 17:11

The subject of periods and menstruation is even more taboo for India's girls than defecation - many have no idea what is happening when the bleeding starts.

Mohammad Zafar (R) and wife Zaheen Akhtar
Acid attacks in Pakistan: A sorry litany of male egotism
By Samira Shackle - 09 November 9:15

Samira Shackle interviews Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, one of the directors of the Oscar-winning documentary "Saving Face".

The west must not resort to expediency in Afghanistan
By Dan Jarvis - 06 November 17:03

The US and its allies should take a much harder look at our partners against the Taliban.

China's People's Daily plagiarises article attacking NYT for plagiarism
By Alex Hern - 29 October 15:48

The NYT has made enemies. Powerful, incompetent enemies.

New Statesman
Between two worlds: a photo essay
By new-statesman - 25 October 18:52

In a remote corner of Tibet, life goes on as it did a thousand years ago, far from the transformation boom taking place in China's sprawling cities

New Statesman
Generation next: a photo essay
By New Statesman - 25 October 18:28

Four rising stars of Chinese photography give a glimpse into the country's youth culture and fashion scene.

Mengniu and I
By Wang Xiaoshan - 25 October 14:38

Documentarist Wang Xiaoshan writes about the corruption at Mengniu Dairy.

The hazards for independent Chinese cinema
By Zhu Rikun - 25 October 14:28

Zhu Rikun writes about the perils of trying to make political films in an authoritarian state.

By Zhu Rikun - 25 October 14:23

2011年4月,在離第八届中国纪录片交流周(The 8th Documentary Film Festiva China)开幕不到一个月的日期里,我宣布了取消这屆影展的消息。同時,我也退出了主持將近五年,位於北京宋莊的一個獨立電影機構。對我而言,這是內外交困的獨立電影形勢的一個反映。政府當然一向不喜歡獨立電影。我創立的這個獨立紀錄片電影節在過去幾乎從來沒有順利舉辦過。但是在這一年,我並沒有獲得準確的消息政府該如何處理這個影展。也許他們認為我不會讓步,所以只是通過了影展的贊助人等施加了大量的壓力,迫使我們宣佈停止。

New Statesman
Out with the old: a photo essay by Ai Weiwei
By Ai Weiwei - 25 October 14:10

China's architecture has transformed over the past decade, but at what cost?

By Wang Xiaoshan - 25 October 14:03


Malala recovering in hospital in the UK with her family.
Malala Yousafzai: The girl who played with fire
By Samira Shackle - 25 October 11:31

The shooting of the brave child activist Malala Yousafzai by a Taliban hitman shocked Pakistan. But politicians there are less keen to confront the state’s own role in sustaining extremists.

What we learned when we met Malala Yousafzai
By Geoff Brokate and Kaye Martindale - 22 October 12:23

While travelling through the Swat Valley in 2010, we interviewed the young school girl standing up to the Taliban.

Mukhtar Mai - the gang rape victim who defied her attackers
By Samira Shackle - 19 October 15:30

An interview with the Pakistani rape victim who became an iconic advocate of women's rights.

In pictures: Ai Weiwei launch party
By New Statesman - 19 October 14:52

Photos from the launch of Ai Weiwei's guest-edit of the New Statesman at The Lisson Gallery in London.

Great Hall of the People
Deep internal divisions ahead of China’s leadership change
By Alex Ward - 18 October 16:10

A split between the "Red Princelings" and party technocrats threatens to derail the smooth leadership transition.

By Alex Hern - 18 October 11:51


The Ai Weiwei guest-edit - the Mandarin version
By Caroline Crampton - 18 October 11:24