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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The bravery of women like Asma Jahangir shines through Pakistan’s murky history

Some might question the point of standing up to oppression in such an obviously dysfunctional nation, yet the laws repealed are testament to what can be achieved

The singer, the X-rated movies and the dictator: Kim Jong-un's former lover ‘executed by machine-gun for appearing in porn films’

A member of a North Korean pop group and erstwhile companion of the country's leader has reportedly been killed by machine gun

Anti-fracking protesters set up camp in Balcombe

The battle of Balcombe: West Sussex town is new front line in fracking debate

A West Sussex town is in the front line of an attempt to impose an invasive oil and gas exploration technology on the English countryside

Save our skins: The new boom in illegal trading driving the world's rarest species to extinction

A decade ago, it seemed the world was winning its war on the illegal international trade in wild animals. In the past five years, however, a sudden revival of poaching, driven by fanciful beliefs in pseudo-cancer cures and a rise in rapacious ostentation in Asian markets, has put many of our most endangered species on the brink once more…

Egyptians mourn over bodies wrapped in shrouds at a mosque in Cairo on 15 August 2013

We, the West, have to find a way to help Egypt

The feeble rebukes of Western leaders confirm many Muslims' worst suspicions

In July members of the largely evangelical protestant church took to Port-au-Prince's streets in opposition to discussions around the subject of gay marriage.

Gay British man attacked in Haiti at his engagement celebration

The gay and lesbian community is often too afraid to report rights violations

Ahead of the game: Patient, obsessive, able to trail a fox for 76 hours...welcome to the life of the modern gamekeeper

Tomorrow, the Glorious Twelfth, signals the start of the hunting season – but time on the glen is a year-round occupation for gamekeeper Mark Brown, who gave photographer Will Clarkson an insight into a life of constant vigilance. Warning: graphic content

Marina Berlusconi, 46, is reportedly an intimidating boss

The heiress-apparent: Silvio Berlusconi lines up daughter to take control of his political party

Comparisons to the Kennedys and the Bushes are exaggerated, but if Silvio Berlusconi’s criminal conviction makes it politically impossible for him to continue at the head of his party after the summer, there is a strong chance that another Berlusconi will take his place – Marina Berlusconi, his eldest daughter, who at present heads both Fininvest, his financial holding company, and Mondadori, Italy’s biggest book publisher, acquired by her father in controversial circumstances.

Thatcher and Reagan may have seemed like equals. His invasion of Grenada shows they were not

The embarrassment and humiliation have in fact been known for years. But only now do we see how carefully Washington kept its supposedly close ally in the dark

We're all in this together: How Leicester became a model of multiculturalism (even if that was never the plan…)

'The original idea was that they would stay two or three years, make enough money to buy a tractor, then go home. But they got into the rhythm of life here'

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