Asia


India: Modi’s ‘development model’ is built on violence and theft from the poorest

11 July 2017 Development in India is at the expense of minorities and the poor, writes Gargi Battacharya

Empire en vogue

24 June 2017 Nadine El-Enany examines the imperial pretensions of Britain's post-Brexit foreign affairs and trade strategy

‘We have to start from scratch’: life after fleeing North Korea

20 February 2016 Narjas Theodora Zatat spoke to activist Hyeonseo Lee, who is a refugee from North Korea

Japanese workers fight against karoshi, death from overwork

16 September 2014 Scott North looks at the history of the anti-karoshi movement and its latest victory

Interview: Occupy Central founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting

11 September 2014 Luke Cooper spoke to Benny Tai Yiu-ting, one of the founders of Occupy Central in Hong Kong, about the growth of the movement and the prospects for real democracy free from the influence of Beijing

Azerbaijan: The pipeline that would fuel a dictator

16 September 2013 Emma Hughes reports from Azerbaijan, where autocratic leader Ilham Aliyev is using the country’s fossil fuel wealth to fund his repressive regime and buy Europe’s silence

India rising

27 August 2013 In an India characterised by deep social cleavages and the forward march of globalisation, social struggles have taken many forms, writes Ashok Kumar

India: Slums, students and resistance

25 August 2013 With 1.2 billion people, India is fast becoming one of the world’s major capitalist economies. Vijay Prashad offers some snapshots from a country where shining skyscrapers are springing up alongside ingrained mass poverty

India’s ‘rural reds’

15 August 2013 India’s communists were among the first in the world to be democratically elected to power. Kheya Bag looks at the history of the Communist Party of India-Marxist and the ongoing struggle for land reform

North Korea: War games gone wrong

18 June 2013 Tim Beal examines the US ‘playbook’ miscalculations that underlie the current US-North Korea crisis

We’re striking to support the movement – interview with Turkish union activist

4 June 2013 John Millington speaks to Ertan Elsoy, an activist in the Kesk union which has called a two day strike to support the rebellion

Istanbul: a tree grows in Gezi

4 June 2013 Kevin Buckland reports from Istanbul on the movement so far - and what it means to people

Turkey: A people imprisoned

27 April 2013 Once seen as a moderate party, the AKP government in Turkey is using anti-terrorism legislation to unleash a wave of repression against the left and the Kurdish movement. Tim Baster and Isabelle Merminod spoke to activists in the country

The cost of Kazakh oil

2 December 2012 A major strike wave in the oil fields of Kazakhstan has turned into murderous repression by the Nazarbayev government. Gabriel Levy reports

Biting the rotten Apple: Taking on Foxconn

23 August 2012 Jenny Chan talks about her campaigning with workers in China

Cycle city Kathmandu

12 February 2012 Jennie O’Hara meets Nepali campaigners seeking to tackle pollution and inequality by transforming their capital into a cycle-friendly city

Behind the seams

18 March 2011 Laia Blanch spoke to Amirul Haque Amin, president of the National Garment Workers Federation in Bangladesh

Make or break for Japan’s left

22 June 2010 Japan's Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama has resigned after his failure to honour an election promise to move a US military base from Okinawa, Glyn Ford reports

Beating Burma’s blackout

11 December 2009 The film Burma VJ brings Burma's struggle for freedom into close proximity to its audience and is generating new solidarity efforts as a result. Siobhan McGuirk investigates

Chemical criminals

3 December 2009 On 3 December 1984, the world's worst industrial disaster took place at Bhopal in India. Twenty-five years on, Rajwinder Sahota visits the city to find out what happened to the victims

Unnatural no more

11 October 2009 In July, the Delhi high court in India decriminalised homosexuality. Sylvia Rowley talks to Shaleen Rakesh, the activist who brought the case

23 June

23 June 2009 Vietnamese photographer Nick Ut's Pullitzer prize-winning photograph of nine-year-old Kim Phuc fleeing a US napalm attack on her village appeared in Life magazine on this day in 1972. The picture had previously been rejected by some news agencies because it showed a naked girl.

Viva Siva

7 April 2009 Now in his eighties, A Sivanandan remains an important figure in the politics of race and class, maintaining his long-held insistence that only in the symbiosis of the two struggles can a genuinely radical politics be found. By Arun Kundnani

Background to brutality

7 April 2009 The resumption of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war following the government's unilateral abrogation of the ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers last year has seen killing and other abuses on a massive scale. Deirdre McConnell examines the background to the continuing conflict between the country's Sinhalese majority and its Tamil and other minorities

The challenges of solidarity

7 April 2009 The urgent need in Sri Lanka is a resolution to the humanitarian crisis and strong pressure to stop government attacks on minorities, argues Ahilan Kadirgamar. But solidarity has to be pluralist, he emphasises, recognising the brutality of the Tamil Tigers and avoiding the polarisation or marginalisation of the country's diverse communities

Human rights campaigners are not terrorists

29 January 2009 A trial is drawing to a close in which anti-terror laws are being used to prosecute innocent human rights campaigners. Peter Tatchell reports

Can’t you see the writing on the wall

28 January 2009 With hundreds of civilians killed and a quarter of a million people trapped by the current fighting, Lonán Álvaro considers the humanitarian cost of Sri Lanka's 25-year long conflict

Pakistan amidst the storms

28 June 2008 Graham Usher reports from Islamabad on the problems besetting Pakistan's new coalition government

Who’s afraid of the Indian Premier League?

3 June 2008 Mike Marqusee on why it's just not cricket anymore

Pakistan after Bhutto

24 February 2008 With 160 million people, 600,000 soldiers and 50 nuclear warheads, what happens in Pakistan after Benazir Bhutto's assassination has ramifications worldwide. Graham Usher reports from Islamabad

The Tet Offensive 40 years on

12 February 2008 The end of January 2008 marked the 40th anniversary of an event that astonished the world, changed the course of history, and remains pregnant with lessons for today. In the early hours of 31 January 1968, soldiers of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam and the Army of North Vietnam launched what came to be known as the Tet Offensive (it coincided with Tet Nguyen Dan, the lunar new year) against the US occupiers and their puppet government, writes Mike Marqusee

Never mind the Baluch

1 December 2007 While Pakistan and Iran terrorise their Baluchi minorities, the British government has designated the Baluchistan Liberation Army as 'terrorist'. Ben Hayes reports

Child soldier recruiter arrested in London

12 November 2007 Andrew Kendle reports on the arrest in London of 'Colonel' Karuna, a former Sri Lankan warlord implicated in child soldier recruitment and torture

Papuan justice denied

1 November 2007 Indonesian human rights campaigner Peneas Lokbere talks to Kirk Ward about transmigration policy, Papuan rights and Indonesian state torture

Burma crisis

20 September 2007 The Burmese military regime - in power since 1962 - has started to crack down on protests and resistance led by Buddhist monks. Tom Fawthrop reports from Thailand

The mother of modern corporatism

1 August 2007 Karl Marx described how the East India Company 'conquered India to make money out of it'. Sixty years after the end of the Raj, Nick Robins dusts off its history and finds lessons for today in the birth of corporate globalisation

Local fighters lead climate war

1 August 2007 As the EU, the US and big business vie with each other to be recognised as taking serious action on climate change, Larry Lohmann wonders whether the real leadership is to be found elsewhere

Murder in Samarkand

1 December 2006 In 2002, while political attention was focused on Iraq and Afghanistan, a troubled British diplomat was exposing the UK's casual attitude to human rights abuses in Uzbekistan. Marcus Williams talks to Craig Murray about trying to tell the truth about torture and being branded mad by the Foreign Office

Un-free Kashmir

1 December 2006 The earthquake opened up Pakistan-controlled Kashmir to the world. Will Islamabad close it again? Graham Usher continues his special reports from Pakistan in Muzaffarabad

Rocks and hard places

1 December 2006 A recent attack on a madrassa in Pakistan shows up all that is wrong with Nato's and Pakistan's anti-Taliban policies, writes Graham Usher from Peshawar, in the first of two special reports from Pakistan

A new Siamese tragedy

1 November 2006 Thailand's recent military coup - the 18th since 1932 - ousted a leader, Thaksin Shinawatra, who had already lost moral legitimacy and much of his political power. In pre-empting the democracy of the street, argues Walden Bello, the country's military has administered a cure that will prove worse than the disease

Nukes for all

1 November 2006 Is the world on the brink of a new nuclear arms race, with North Korea's atomic bomb test marking the end of non-proliferation? John Gittings reports

A killing a day keeps democracy away

1 October 2006 Left activists in the Philippines are being killed at an alarming rate. Oscar Reyes spoke to Millet Morante, a leading figure in Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD, Movement for National Democracy) and Laban Ng Masa (Struggle of the Masses), a coalition of progressive organisations and political parties

Doubly tough

1 October 2006 Muslim women in India face a hard battle for equality and justice. Ari Paul reports on some of those seeking change

Telling the truth about Tibet

1 December 2005 Construction cranes, it has been said, are the new national bird of China – and Tibet certainly has its share. Economic development also conceals what is happening under the surface.

Modern heroes, modern slaves

1 April 2004 Doctors and nurses from the Philippines pay thousands of pounds so they can travel to the UK and work for as little as £8 a day in British hospitals and nursing homes.

Jakarta imposes martial law in Aceh

1 June 2003 On 19 May 2003 the Indonesian government placed Aceh, one of Indonesia's most resource-rich provinces, under martial law. This followed the breakdown of a December 2002 peace agreement between the government and the Free Aceh Movement (Gam). Breaking the original agreement, the government demanded that Gam gave up its goal of independence and laid down its arms. When Gam refused, Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri declared martial law