International Politics
01 January 2005
In a prison cell in the province of Sichuan, a 54-year-old Tibetan lama awaits execution. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was...
Books
17 May 2004
When the 16th incarnation of the Karmapa was dying at a hospital in Illinois in 1981, his doctor observed that his...
International Politics
23 February 2004
Fifteen months ago, Jesus Evelio Medina Alarcon was running his construction business in Saravena, a small town in the...
Books
13 October 2003
In her new biography of the journalist Martha Gellhorn (Chatto...
Culture
29 September 2003
One sunny spring day in 1974 I took a walk in the Haidian district of Beijing. Haidian is now a high-tech computer...
Politics
14 July 2003
When, in 2001, the magazine Asiaweek named Li Hongzhi, founder of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, "the most powerful...
Books
03 February 2003
When, on 15 November last year, after a protracted wait, nine besuited men marched out on to a flower-decked stage in...
Politics
07 January 2002
This Christmas, I discovered a pair of trousers at the bottom of a drawer. I had bought them ten years ago in a small...
Culture
11 September 2000
I last saw Jonathan Fenby, a former colleague from my days at the Independent, in 1997, as Hong Kong was preparing - in...
Politics
17 April 2000
It was a cold Thursday morning and a posse of health professionals was assembling at Church House, Westminster, for...
Politics
17 January 2000
Elizabeth Kumai sat in one of the two tiny rooms that, with a lavatory, constituted her home in the township of...
Politics
06 September 1999
It was one Friday evening in late spring in New York and I was walking across the Upper East Side toward one of the...
27 November 1998
I'm in Santiago, Chile, to make a short documentary for BBC 2's Correspondent programme. On Wednesday, it seemed as if...

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