While travelling through the Swat Valley in 2010, we interviewed the young school girl standing up to the Taliban.
An interview with the Pakistani rape victim who became an iconic advocate of women's rights.
Photos from the launch of Ai Weiwei's guest-edit of the New Statesman at The Lisson Gallery in London.
A split between the "Red Princelings" and party technocrats threatens to derail the smooth leadership transition.
If it is true that you won’t understand Chinese society through Xinwen Lianbo (Chinese state television’s daily news programme), you should not build a picture of China’s legal system from its laws, either. In many cases, legal clauses have not been properly implemented.
The re-education through labour system (known in Chinese as laojiao) is a form of punishment with “Chinese characteristics”. It can be handed down without a trial or prosecution and defence.
On the afternoon of 2 April 2011, Beijing police suddenly summoned me to the local police station. Without any legal procedure or permission, they turned on my computer and inspected my email account and QQ chat records. I was detained for more than ten hours.
In China, the internet has become a common way to get access to information. People visit media websites such as Xinhua News Agency, People’s Daily Online, Sina, Sohu, QQ, NetEase and ifeng.com. Some of these websites were registered abroad, or are listed in the US.
Recently released from detention, the artist Zhao Zhao is channelling his experience into his work.
Zhu Rikun, a leading light of independent Chinese film, on its troubled future.
Ai Weiwei's leader for his momentous guest edit.
Chinese media organizations are riddled with informers who report directly to the government – only a minority of journalists are brave enough to fight the system.
The Chinese government hires people to distort or deflect conversations on the web. Ai Weiwei persuades an “online commentator” to tell all.
Chen Guangcheng was forced to flee China in May after years of persecution. His advocacy on behalf of women and the poor in the face of China’s one-child policy has made him an enemy of the state.
Nationalist rhetoric won't conceal domestic political woes.
Chinese bellicosity in the near seas could usher in a new era of instability.
As India’s growth rates hit the buffers, the poor are sinking beneath a tide of seeming government indifference to their plight as politicians focus on looking after their cronies. Is it goodbye to the Asian tiger?
The 14 year old was shot at close range because "she was speaking against the Taliban".
They never knew the effect their writing had on we Indians, the third worlders.
The Taliban, drones, tribal areas and the destination.
A positive move by local police after a Hindu temple was attacked.
Last week the European Parliament agreed on a new law to provide specific assistance and protection to people who suffer crime because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or, in a first for EU law, gender expression.
"The End of the Chinese Dream: Why Chinese People Fear the Future" and "Scattered Sand: the Story of China’s Rural Migrants" reviewed.
A simple act of protest that can take on mythical proportions.
The whole area still looks immaculate, but seems pointless.
The atmosphere between Washington and Beijing has soured, with mutual recriminations rising over the South China Sea, trade and human rights.