UK Politics
26 June 2008
Never mind about salmon fishing in the Yemen. Reverse the process of cultural transplantation and you get khat-chewing...
Books
28 February 2008
The outrageous wordplay in Victor Pelevin's latest novel begins with the naming of its Chinese heroine, Hu-Li - which...
Books
25 October 2007
Now in its second decade, Russia's brutal hammering of Chechnya, a tiny republic of a several hundred square miles,...
Books
13 September 2007
Life in the former Soviet Union is sometimes compared to a zoo. Predatory oligarchs are the big beasts in the post-...
Books
02 August 2007
No visitor to Yemen can fail to have adventures. Squeezed between the Empty Quarter and the Red Sea, this poor Arab...
Books
19 July 2007
Unhappy families have been a staple of novels since long before Tolstoy wrote the famous opening sentence of Anna...
Politics
05 July 2007
The political soap opera that is Kazakhstan's ruling family - a strange case of Borat-meets-the-Borgias - took a...
Books
14 May 2007
Ten years ago, the journalist Simon Sebag Montefiore published a novel entitled My Affair with Stalin, a comic...
International Politics
30 April 2007
It is easy to miss the significance of the new port at Gwadar, which had its ceremonial opening in March. Five years...
Politics
08 May 2006
The headquarters of the Pakistani secret services lie hidden behind towering, beige-coloured walls in the old British...
Politics
26 September 2005
The first thing to say about the Karamakhi Gorge, which Vladimir Putin has compared to "a mini-Iraq on Russia's...
Politics
26 April 1999
The damage in the town of Globocica, in southern Kosovo, is near absolute. In the company of the Kosovo Liberation Army...
Books
08 January 1999
In a well-known piece of misinterpretation, Vladimir Nabokov referred to Alexander Pushkin as "the least political...