Peter Popham

Peter is a foreign correspondent and feature writer with The Independent who has done long stretches in Japan, India and Italy.

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Honouring the latest victims of terror in Pakistan

Peshawar school attack: When will the majority of Pakistanis stand up to those who think it is OK to kill 130 children?

Ninety per cent of the population are Muslims – not Islamists, but violent intimidation is a frighteningly powerful force

The Taliban fighters who stormed a military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan on Tuesday, in an image released by the Pakistani Taliban

Peshawar school attack: As the Taliban release pictures of the gunmen responsible, Pakistan takes a new approach to terrorism

PM Nawaz Sharif announces united front across political parties after attack that killed 148. Peter Popham discovers the terrible human costs and analyses the hopes for progress

Police remove one of Hong Kong's 'Umbrella' protesters

Hong Kong's protest camps flowered out of a living tradition of democracy

In 150 years of colonial rule, this speck of south China learnt to embrace the European values that the British brought with them

Chamberlain at work: though his painting had great success, he gave it up in 1967

Wynn Chamberlain: Painter, film director and novelist who was at the heart of New York's artistic scene of the 1950s and 60s

Wynn Chamberlain was a widely collected modernist artist, experimental theatre producer, film director and novelist, who thrived at the heart of Manhattan's dynamic cultural scene in the 1960s then gave it all up to move with his young family to India and immerse himself in Hindu spirituality.

Since her stunning Booker success, Roy's real passion has been for politics, not fiction.

Gandhi’s failings and the persecution of a modern-day Indian renegade

There is no more ferociously divisive figure in Indian public life than Arundhati Roy

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands in Shanghai

Is Russia and China’s ‘Nato of the East’ more than a Potemkin alliance?

The two nations’ navies have already conducted exercises together

Kim Jong-un leads a country with one of the world’s worst human rights records

North Korea refutes war crimes charge and says human rights system is ‘advantageous’

Pyongyang goes into diplomatic overdrive as UN General Assembly votes to refer the Communist state to the ICC for prosecution

'The Lone Ranger', 1954

Old Hong Kong: Photographer Fan Ho's memoir of the city

Fan Ho grew up in bustling, chaotic mid-century Hong Kong, where solitude was but a dream – until, that is, he turned his lens upon it
US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have a drink after agreeing a deal on carbon emissions

Obama’s trip to China has brought good news for environmentalists, but not human rights activists

The Chinese might be willing to negotiate on reducing pollution, but on becoming more democratic they remain unmoved

There was hope for Burma in 2012 as pre-censorship of the media was abolished, tight control of the internet ended, plain-clothes spooks vanished from the streets and Aung San Suu Kyi made her political debut as the new MP for the impoverished constituency of Kawhmu

Burma’s road to democracy is long and full of detours

Having implemented big reforms that gained worldwide applause, the state has been stealthily regaining control by the back door

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?