2 May 2013

The political malaise in Malaysia

There is no doubting the desire for a change of government in Kuala Lumpur, but the choices on offer are uninspiring.

30 April 2013

How Britannia became cool in HK

Hongkongers are standing up to their new bosses in Beijing by embracing the fashions of their old colonial masters.

4 April 2013

North Korea: a tale of two superpowers

The latest round of instability on the Korean peninsula reveals a great deal about American and Chinese influence today.

12 March 2013

Keeping tribes in cultural formaldehyde

India’s Supreme Court is right to reject a Western-led bid to keep the Jarawa people isolated from everybody else.

3 September 2012

Big trouble in the East China Sea

A row between Japan, China and Taiwan over a few small islands reveals the arbitrariness of international relations.

4 April 2012

The birth of democracy in Burma? Sadly not

Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral victory is less the product of people power than of deal-making between the US and the military junta.

19 January 2012

India’s inspiring war on polio

The massive human effort that helped make India polio-free shows that greater wealth brings greater health.

16 January 2012

Putting tribespeople in a human zoo

In demanding the utter isolation of Third World tribes, Survival International turns communities into freakshows.

14 March 2011

Japan: a catastrophe, not a disaster movie

Forget the Hollywood-style finger-pointing about human ‘arrogance’ and ‘powerlessness’ – we can overcome and learn from the worst disasters.

14 March 2011

Making mountains out of meltdowns

Despite the scaremongering of the media and green groups, the real lesson of Fukushima is that nuclear power is safe.