It’s all fun and games until someone gets tortured
By Duncan Robinson - 13 May 18:01

We laugh at Ramzan Kadyrov just as we laughed at Gaddafi – until he started killing his own people.

Leader: After Bin Laden, it’s time to end this unwinnable war
By Staff blogger - 12 May 13:31

Obama now has the political cover necessary to order an accelerated withdrawal from Afghanistan.

For Osama, there’s no hope of resurrection
By Olivier Roy - 12 May 13:31

With the killing of Bin Laden in Abbottabad, al-Qaeda is as good as dead. This was never a mass move

Inside Pakistan's spy network
By Anatol Lieven - 12 May 13:28

The ISI gorged on US money during the 1980s. Now that Osama Bin Laden is dead, can the west still bu

What did Musharraf know?
By Catriona Luke - 10 May 12:21

His memoirs, written while he was still military president of Pakistan, are a fascinating source of

Afghanistan — a heavy legacy for Generation Xbox
By Max Benitz - 05 May 12:10

Max Benitz plunges into life with a company of Scots Guards on the front line in Helmand Province. W

The dangers of oversimplifying the situation in Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 03 May 10:44

Many of those who are quick to condemn the country have a limited understanding of its structures an

Bin Laden’s death: US front pages
By George Eaton - 02 May 10:38

The <em>New York Post</em>’s verdict on Bin Laden’s death: “US nails the bastard”.

Osama Bin Laden killed by US forces
By George Eaton - 02 May 8:26

Al-Qaeda leader killed after a “firefight” in Pakistan, Barack Obama announces.

The Week So Far
By Staff blogger - 20 April 13:48

1. North America

Pakistan’s tenets of the faith
By Asma Jahangir - 14 April 13:49

Blasphemy laws in Pakistan endanger lives as well as freedom of speech.

Japan hit by another earthquake
By Liam McLaughlin - 07 April 17:45

The north east coast of Honshu has been hit by an earthquake of between magnitude 7.1 and 7.4

In Kazakhstan, where elections are superfluous
By Leo Cendrowicz - 04 April 22:02

While Nursultan Nazarbayev is around, there’s little chance of marching in the streets of Astana and

After the fallout, it’s boom to bust
By Alex Preston - 24 March 13:30

The economic slump in Japan has lasted 20 years. Now, just as the gloom seemed to be lifting, has th

Humbled by nature, humble by culture
By Susanna Jones - 24 March 13:30

The scale of the 11 March Japanese earthquake and tsunami is a profound reminder of just how small w

Japan’s energy needs post-earthquake aren’t a worry yet
By Liam McLaughlin - 18 March 17:59

A spike in Japanese demand for LNG can easily be met, but futures markets should calm themselves.

The world fears Japan has lost control of the crisis
By George Eaton - 17 March 9:49

International criticism of Japan’s handling of the nuclear crisis grows.

Fukushima’s lessons in climate change
By Mark Lynas - 17 March 8:38

If we abandon nuclear power, prepare for catastrophic global warming.

On video: Japan’s tsunami
By Duncan Robinson - 16 March 15:48

Astonishing footage shows the moment when a series of waves ripped through Japan’s eastern coast.

Who rules Pakistan?
By Catriona Luke - 08 March 11:52

The country's democracy is a veneer for the shady controlling forces that sit behind it.

Why Indian tax evasion costs the UK
By Liam McLaughlin - 04 March 17:26

Though increased tax justice could help both developed and developing nations, it is unlikely we can

What the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti means for Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 02 March 16:56

The PPP’s decision to back down on blasphemy laws gives a huge boost to the country’s extremists.

The Week so Far
By Staff blogger - 17 February 14:56

1. Europe

The young Pakistani actress taking on the mullahs
By Catriona Luke - 09 February 15:58

Veena Malik's feisty and intelligent attack has become a YouTube hit, but is ignored by the Pakistan

Soldiers, rebels and unlikely heroes
By Issam Ahmed - 19 January 17:43

Photo Essay: Pakistan. Photographs by Alixandra Fazzina, Noor Images.

Land of the weird? More like the fabulous
By Alice Miles - 13 January 10:47

From social welfare and education to chic Christmas shopping, Singapore is near the top of world lea

Weekly Briefing
By Staff blogger - 29 December 7:25

Pakistan: coalition

British woman faces death sentence
By Sholto Byrnes - 17 December 8:24

Should it be one law for “us” and another for “them”?

Lighting up the subcontinent
By James Turner - 09 December 11:48

New renewable energy schemes in India promise an end to power cuts, but only if they receive interna

Vietnam: the last battle
By John Pilger - 06 December 10:28

Vietnam was punished for its victory when US troops left. Its welfare dream has faded, but the peopl