24 March 2015

Lee Kuan Yew: the last of the great authoritarians

Love him or loathe him, he had something his successors lack.

14 November 2014

Don’t blame judges for the decline of democracy

It’s not just bureaucrats who are suspicious of the demos.

17 September 2014

After the Sewol disaster: the future of South Korea

The sinking of a ship packed with schoolchildren is unravelling political life in Korea.

29 April 2014

South Korea ferry disaster: playing the blame game

Pundits have even blamed South Korean culture for the Sewol tragedy.

19 March 2014

MH370: conspiracy theorists adore a vacuum

The endless speculation about that Malaysian plane is doing no one any favours.

22 January 2014

Well-off NGOs celebrating tribal poverty

Survival International's 'proud not primitive' campaign celebrates hardship and backwardness.

30 October 2013

The fall and fall of Asian fertility

The unwillingness of young Asians to start families echoes a worldwide rejection of the capacity to live independently.

2 August 2013

The human spirit doesn’t mind the gap

Commuters in Japan show the way when rescuing a woman trapped underneath a train.

22 July 2013

How the West exploits brave Malala

Malala Yousafzai, a brave young Pakistani woman, is being used to give a positive sheen to external intervention.