Isabel Hilton

Isabel Hilton is a journalist, broadcaster and editor of chinadialogue.net

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This Sri Lanka massacre shows UN has not learned from its failures in Rwanda

Operatives allowed themselves to be bullied by a murderous government

The Dalai Lama, Rupert Murdoch and the forces of evil

He is venerated as the incarnation of the Buddha and the secular leader of the Tibetan people. He has the kind of press that Mother Teresa could only pray for. Last month 90,000 people made a pilgrimage to Central Park in New York to hear his teachings. So why are the knives now out for the most famous monk in the world?

LAND OF FEAR

After 30 years of fighting, and millions of innocent victims, Colombia's troubles have been largely forgotten by the outside world. But, reports Isabel Hilton, if anything the nightmare is getting worse

TIANANMEN: BACK TO SQUARE ONE

Ten years after the massacre of students at Tiananmen Square, China's dissidents in exile are fractious and ineffective. Isabel Hilton asks them what happened

Castro: a guerrilla in the mist

It's 40 years since Fidel Castro's revolution triumphed in Cuba and it's impossible not to wonder what the old man really thinks when he looks out of the window at what it has all become. He has, as Channel 4's epic documentary Fidel repeatedly stressed, survived, against considerable odds, for these four decades. But after a while, two questions suggest themselves: has he survived despite the hostility of the US or because of it, and, was it worth it?

The Pinochet Decision: `If Pinochet is not in Chile I will have to go to wherever he happens to be'

Isabel Hilton, a Latin American expert, looks at the judge seeking justice in Chile for the 3,000 `disappeared'

The fizz goes out of the Pinochet party

Never keen on the rule of law, the former Chilean dictator's ardent supporters, who blame every setback on a Marxist conspiracy, found last week's ruling hard to handle, writes Isabel Hilton (above)

CLOSING THE SHUTTER ON THE PAST

Marc Riboud, legendary Magnum photographer, has recorded life in China for 40 years. Now, as Hong Kong prepares for handover on 30 June, a new show celebrates his work. Isabel Hilton tells the story of Riboud's China

Now the myths have died, the centre may not hold

The death watch is familiar territory in Chinese politics. Many profitless hours have been devoted to guessing what would happen when the moribund leader of the day finally ceased to breathe. But Deng Xiaoping's may be the last of that sort of event. The idea that in 20 years' time, the world will be gazing at the blank crimson walls of the Forbidden City wondering what will happen to China when the 90-year-old Jiang Zemin dies is more than a touch implausible. Somehow Jiang Zemin does not feel like an entirely permanent fixture.

Tiananmen: the untold story

Carma Hinton is one American who can claim to understand the Chinese protest movement - she grew up there during the Cultural Revolution. She tells Isabel Hilton about her six-year mission to give a voice to those caught up in the events of 1989
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Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
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A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
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The dining car makes a comeback

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Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
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Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
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Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices