International Politics
14 May 2007
Last month, Bangladesh's army-backed caretaker government appeared ready to send into exile the leaders of the two main...
Human Rights
21 June 2004
The registrar's office in west London is a correct and neutral place: a vase of gerberas on a polished table in a...
Human Rights
10 May 2004
One of my closest friends, Moham-mad Abdur Rob, has been arrested in Bangladesh and charged with treason. He is one of...
Human Rights
16 February 2004
The language of flowers may once have been about horticulture and romance. Today, it has become a dialect of...
World Affairs
15 December 2003
When she met Rashid, Anna was already using a shopping trolley to help her to walk straight and to get on and off buses...
Economics
09 June 2003
Every year, about 200 million people move in search of employment - about 3 per cent of the world's people. The...
Asia
16 December 2002
Vrindavan is a city of widows, of ashrams, temples and lodging-houses for the wasted women of India, whose husbands...
Politics
28 May 2001
The texture of the city is intensely evocative: the remains of unrestored structures, crumbling, ornately monumental;...
Politics
19 March 2001
Eid-ul-Azha is one of the most important festivals in the Islamic year. A three-day celebration, it commemorates the...
Politics
29 January 2001
On the day before New Year's Eve, my partner came home at about 6.30pm, his face, hair and clothes streaked with blood...
Politics
20 November 2000
Khaled called. He sounded upset. I arranged to meet him at London's Euston station, close to where he was staying. He...
Ideas
18 September 2000
Provincial life has become extinct; now there is only the life of the global suburb. This is why the idea of devolving...
Politics
28 August 2000
From the three months I spent recently in Bangladesh, a recurring story haunts my memory. It concerns women who had...
Politics
26 June 2000
At ten-thirty in the evening, in a new high-rise flat in Dhaka, a little girl of about nine treads, noiseless and...
Politics
07 February 2000
In winter, fresh local produce is not entirely excluded, even from supermarkets. During the past month, I have had to...

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