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.
|Tuesday 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.
|Thursday 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.
|Tuesday 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.
|Monday 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.
|Wednesday 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.
|Thursday 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.
|Monday 16 January 2012|
Putting tribespeople in a human zoo
In demanding the utter isolation of Third World tribes, Survival International turns communities into freakshows.
|Monday 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.
|Monday 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.
|Monday 13 December 2010|
There is little noble about this Nobel award
What a fate Liu Xiaobo has suffered: outrageously imprisoned by the Chinese and cynically exploited by Westerners keen to bash Beijing.
|Wednesday 17 November 2010|
Burma: power to which people?
Aung San Suu Kyi has finally been released, but the Burmese people will not be freed by her international fan-club of statesmen and celebs.
|Tuesday 2 November 2010|
How NGOs are adopting a missionary position in Asia
A sex-worker rights activist in Thailand tells Nathalie Rothschild about the reality of the prudish, neo-colonial anti-trafficking industry.
|Monday 18 October 2010|
India: making history or living in the past?
A trip to Bangalore gives spiked’s editor-at-large a glimpse of the capitalist law of uneven development at work.
|Wednesday 29 September 2010|
Dirty tricks at the Commonwealth Games
These days it seems the Empire can only strike back at its uppity former colonial subjects in India with health-and-safety lectures.
|Wednesday 1 September 2010|
Cheating? To be fair, it is cricket
There is nothing new nor alien about cricketing scandals; the sport of Empire has always been torn between high morals and low tactics.
|Thursday 26 August 2010|
Après le deluge, the ghoulish opportunists
Everyone from anti-terror crusaders to end-of-the-world greens is exploiting the Pakistani floods to revive their own flagging careers.
|Thursday 19 August 2010|
Pakistan’s floods and ‘disaster narcissism’
How the deluge in Asia was turned into an opportunity for Western preening and political oneupmanship.
|Thursday 6 May 2010|
On Thailand, what would Trotsky say?
If the Thai Red Shirts want real change, they could do with reading History of the Russian Revolution.
|Monday 12 April 2010|
The battle for Thailand’s soul
Far from being a ‘stage army’, the Red Shirts could potentially refresh and reinvent democracy in Thailand.