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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