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.

Paramilitary policemen patrol Tianamen Square
Kevin Rudd: The west isn’t ready for the rise of China
By Kevin Rudd - 11 July 14:54

Distracted by economic crisis, social unrest and slipping influence, the west is completely unprepared for China’s imminent global dominance. Australia’s ex-prime minister says we must act to build new bridges.

Hyon Song-wol
Kim Jong-un's alleged girlfriend Hyon Song-wol sings "Excellent Horse-Like Lady"
By Caroline Crampton - 11 July 8:49

North Korean leader's "mystery woman" is a formerly married pop star.

Preview: Michael Semple interviews a senior member of the Taliban
By New Statesman - 11 July 7:39

A high-ranking operative from the Afghan Taliban movement on Pakistan, al-Qaeda and the future of Afghanistan.

Pakistani protesters at a rally against US drone attacks
Drones and the "bugsplats" they cause
By Samira Shackle - 13 June 15:22

Drone attacks are anything but impersonal for the Pakistani civilians on the ground.

Pervez Musharraf: "If you are weak, anyone can come and kick you"
By Jemima Khan - 13 June 15:16

Jemima Khan talks to the former president of Pakistan, who is plotting his political comeback.

A Predator drone takes off on a training flight
If you can play a video game, you can fly a drone
By Michael Brooks - 13 June 15:03

These eyes in the sky are so popular, everyone from farmers to jewellery thieves wants one.

The victim of a drone strike in Gaza
Drone attacks go against every human rights principle in the book
By Geoffrey Robertson - 13 June 14:52

There is a sense that international law has failed.

Pre-flight checks are performed on an MQ-1B Predator Drone
Drones: Barack Obama's secret war
By Chris Woods - 13 June 14:37

Reports indicate at least 300 civilians - 63 of them children - have been killed by drones in Pakistan alone. Where is the scrutiny of this covert military operation?

New Statesman
“The gays will not go away”
By Nichi Hodgson - 11 May 14:45

On a Sunday afternoon in Tokyo, nothing beats a little subcultural voyeurism. In Yoyogi Park, Japanese rockabillies jive sombrely while a sugar-dusted scurry of Harajuku girls patter on to Takeshita Street.

The long economic shadow of the Fukushima disaster
By Yo Zushi - 10 May 16:12

Over a year after the tsunami, Japan continues to suffer.