It's good to talk
By Angela Saini - 18 July 1:00

Many Indians prefer mobile phones to computer screens for accessing the internet, causing a huge sur

Hamid Karzai's brother shot dead at his house
By Samira Shackle - 12 July 13:17

Ahmad Wali Karzai's alleged corruption was embarrassing for Nato, but his assassination is a big boo

Cannon fodder of the Afghan killing fields
By Mehdi Hasan - 07 July 12:48

Since the US/UK invasion in 2001, 374 British service personnel have been killed in Afghanistan. The

Afghanistan: fault lines in the sand
By Michael Semple - 07 July 12:48

The Taliban are just one faction in a long civil war which, thanks to international intervention, se

Zen, Japan and the art of democracy
By Roy Starrs - 07 July 12:48

Foreign observers have long been baffled by Japan’s self-discipline in the face of multiple disaster

Pakistan's tweeters take on the state
By Catriona Luke - 22 June 12:31

"Just spoke with ████ from the ISI. He tells me that ███&#

Dave Lee Travis was my "lifeline" says, Aung San Suu Kyi
By Duncan Robinson - 21 June 13:37

The former BBC radio DJ was a "lifeline" for the Burmese pro-democracy campaigner when she was under

SOAS hosts Musharraf, despite arrest warrant for Bhutto’s murder
By Peter Tatchell - 17 June 15:25

The University of London’s collusion with the ex-dictator and alleged war criminal is shameful.

Exclusive — Rowan Williams in conversation with William Hague
By Rowan Williams - 17 June 8:25

The Foreign Secretary believes Britain abroad must temper idealism with pragmatism. The Archbishop o

Why the Chinese cyber attack is the ultimate scare story
By Alice Miles - 02 June 9:24

Obama in Britain, the Queen in Ireland, Kate and Wills in Canada. The news value of such “events” li

The NS Interview: Lang Lang
By Sophie Elmhirst - 26 May 13:18

“China is much better, more open, but also rediscovering its roots”

On China
By Douglas Hurd - 26 May 13:06

Henry Kissinger and the mysteries of China.

The Week So Far
By Staff blogger - 26 May 13:04

1. Africa

The UK and its partners must commit to Afghanistan
By Rebecca Barber - 19 May 17:13

The Afghan people were promised a country where human rights are respected and protected. We cannot

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.