New Statesman
Labour isn’t working
By Li Fangping - 18 October 8:07

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.

New Statesman
My lesson in human rights
By Liu Xiaoyuan - 18 October 8:02

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.

New Statesman
When an open internet is closed
By Cheng Hua - 18 October 7:55

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 Some of these websites were registered abroad, or are listed in the US.

New Statesman
Zhao Zhao: The young pretender
By Angie Baecker - 18 October 7:25

Recently released from detention, the artist Zhao Zhao is channelling his experience into his work.

New Statesman
See no evil
By Zhu Rikun - 18 October 7:18

Zhu Rikun, a leading light of independent Chinese film, on its troubled future.

Ai Weiwei.
To move on from oppression, China must recognise itself
By Ai Weiwei - 17 October 14:33

Ai Weiwei's leader for his momentous guest edit.

New Statesman
The virus of censorship
By Cheng Yizhong - 17 October 13:32

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.

New Statesman
China’s Paid Trolls: Meet the 50-Cent Party
By Ai Weiwei - 17 October 12:46

The Chinese government hires people to distort or deflect conversations on the web. Ai Weiwei persuades an “online commentator” to tell all.

Chen Guangcheng photographed in New York
Chen Guangcheng: “Facts have blood as evidence”
By Ai Weiwei - 17 October 12:18

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.

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
Tensions with China reveal Japanese politics to be on the rocks
By Tina Burrett - 16 October 10:56

Nationalist rhetoric won't conceal domestic political woes.

Sailors aboard the Chinese Navy destroyer Qingdao
Beware the Chinese Sea-Dragon
By Alex Ward - 15 October 17:46

Chinese bellicosity in the near seas could usher in a new era of instability.

Portable power generators in use in New Dehli
India: After the blackout
By William Dalrymple - 11 October 11:35

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?

Activists carry photographs of Malala Yousafzai
The shooting of Malala Yousafzai has shocked an unshockable Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 10 October 15:36

The 14 year old was shot at close range because "she was speaking against the Taliban".

P G Wodehouse in 1928
Where is the Britain of Wodehouse and Waugh?
By Ritwik Deo - 09 October 15:30

They never knew the effect their writing had on we Indians, the third worlders.

Pakistan cricketer turned politician Imran Khan waves to supporters.
Imran Khan's peace march: the main issues
By Samira Shackle - 07 October 8:49

The Taliban, drones, tribal areas and the destination.

Rallies have been held against the anti-Islam film in Pakistan
Could this be the beginning of the end for Pakistan's blasphemy laws?
By Samira Shackle - 02 October 10:38

A positive move by local police after a Hindu temple was attacked.

Sex workers chat to outreach workers at an outdoor café
Is the Commonweath ready for an Aids-free generation?
By Prasada Rao - 20 September 15:31

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.

New Statesman
The hazards of Chinese authoritarianism revealed
By Isabel Hilton - 20 September 11:31

"The End of the Chinese Dream: Why Chinese People Fear the Future" and "Scattered Sand: the Story of China’s Rural Migrants" reviewed.

The mother of Mohamed Bouazizi, who self-immolated in 2010, holds up his picture
The political psychology of self-immolation
By Costica Bradatan - 17 September 10:51

A simple act of protest that can take on mythical proportions.

Beijing’s Olympic park is pristine, but something is missing – people
By Sophie Elmhirst - 29 August 16:24

The whole area still looks immaculate, but seems pointless.

As Chimerica dissolves, distrust deepens between China and the US
By Mark Leonard - 29 August 15:33

The atmosphere between Washington and Beijing has soured, with mutual recriminations rising over the South China Sea, trade and human rights.

Members of the all-girl punk band 'Pussy Riot' in court.
Is feminism in Russia a mortal sin?
By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky - 16 August 14:00

The trial of Pussy Riot is encouraging Russians to talk openly about corruption. But how is their message being received in a country where feminism is still a dirty word?

Niall Ferguson's ignorant defence of British rule in India
By Paul Cotterill - 16 August 12:38

Oddly for a historian, Ferguson doesn't appear to have taken much notice of history.

Nadia Tolokonnikova inside a defendants' cage
Pussy Riot's protests threaten more than just the Putin regime
By Nelson Jones - 31 July 13:29

The treatment of Pussy Riot says much about the close relationship between Church and Kremlin in Putin's Russia.

Propaganda in Hong Kong: "If there are problems with the brain, then it needs to be washed"
By Alex Hern - 30 July 12:15

Efforts by Beijing to brainwash Hong Kong children spark protests.

An aerial view of the 'Christ the Redeemer' statue
Cruising at altitude, edgy Rio and Bowie’s London boys
By Dylan Jones - 25 July 16:03

GQ's Dylan Jones gets out and about.

Parminder Nagra: “Los Angeles oozing Indian culture? No way”
By Alice Gribbin - 18 July 15:15

The actress talks to Alice Gribbin about ER, East London and planning for the future.

Newly-arrived Bengali women on Brick Lane in 1978
We still have a race problem
By Varun Chandra - 17 July 16:53

Finding a shared British identity is vital to overcoming racial tensions.

A baby looks up at its mother on a street in Beijing
China's one-child policy puts a price on human life
By Samira Shackle - 12 July 8:29

A woman forced to undergo a late-term abortion receives 70,600 yuan in compensation.