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Charlottesville neo-Nazi protests

Alt Right and neo-Nazi protestors marched with lit torches in Charlottesville, clashing with anti-racist groups who would like to see symbols of The Confederacy torn down.

Politics of hate and the end of Liberalism

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

From Trump to Modi, a new breed of ‘outsider’ politician is taking the stage with a brand of narrow nationalism that offers little room for minorities, dissent, or the truth. What Charlottesville really means. And why it’s time to say ‘No’. more…

Dunkirk and the myths of Empire

Scene from Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk

Scene from Chris Nolan's summer blockbuster, Dunkirk

SALIL TRIPATHI
LONDON

Dunkirk reinforces Britain’s self-image of a lone voice in the War. In ignoring the wider canvas, Britons see a distorted reality more…

Indian vigilantes and lynch mob justice

India vigilante groups include gau rakshaks who claim to protect cows

Cow protection patrols are part of the new breed of freelance Indian vigilantes

MUKUL KESAVAN
NEW DELHI

As corrosive vigilante nationalism seeps into the Indian polity, it is just a small step to fascism and Brownshirts. more…

Rule Brittania and
the rape of India

The Delhi Durbar of 1877 was held on a cold January morning in Coronation Park to proclaim Queen Victoria the Empress of India

The Delhi Durbar of 1877 proclaimed Queen Victoria the Empress of India

SHASHI THAROOR
NEW DELHI

As Indian manufacturing was crushed - in favour of British industry - pomp and pageantry created an aura of imperial power. more…

You're with us or against us: Beijing

New Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam walks the HK-China tightrope

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

Can Carrie Lam, make a difference? It is in Beijing's interest that Hong Kong succeeds and bitter divisions heal. more…

If the money's right

How much do world leaders get paid to shake hands and smile on TV? Quite a bit, it turns out, but not if you're at the helm of the world's most populated country. Trump to donate his entire 2017 earnings? Read more

Fire in the sky

As the heated exchange between Pyongyang and the USA continues, by 29 August, 2017, North Korea had fired a staggering 22 missiles over half the year. Read more

Weighty bad loans

Chinese and Indian banks are racking up bad loans despite efforts at regulation. China's Big Four had just under US$112 billion in bad loans - a climb of 4.6% year on year end June 2017. Read more

The Rohingya Rubik's Cube

Myanmar Buddhist hardline monks say no to Rohingyas

Hardline Buddhist monks remain opposed to Rohingya integration

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

Can the strangely silent Aung San Suu Kyi lead Myanmar to a genuine national reconciliation with the Rohingyas? more…

Tackling North Korea

Ultimately, a "Sunshine" policy to bring North and South together is the only way to avoid those mushroom clouds. See world opinion

No lap dance aloft

An inflight electronics ban throws up more questions than answers. Will it really make a difference? more…