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 rise of Laura Boldrini bodes well for Italy's political class. They need more of her ilk

Yet her decision to stand for parliament unleashed a tidal wave of sexist hostility

A young Myanmar Muslim Rohingya refugee looks on behind a wired fence

World View: The persecution of Muslims is Burma’s most toxic issue

Today, for the Buddhist bigots, a Muslim is a Muslim is a Muslim

Burma’s democratic reforms have fooled the foreigners, but for villagers not much has changed

Chin state, which borders India in the west, is a good place to observe the limitations of what has so far been achieved

Some of the 729 stupas of the Kuthodaw pagoda in Mandalay. The pagoda contains the world's largest book, and lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill

Burma’s first book festival points the way to a brighter future

Although authorities objected to the choice of venue, the event is a source of optimism in this fledgling democracy

Raffaele Sollecito leaving the police station in the north-eastern town of Udine on Friday after surrendering his passport

Meredith Kercher murder: The verdict has changed. The evidence has not

Sensational reporting of facts that are intrinsically unsensational is at the root of the mess that Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Sollecito find themselves in

Oxford law student Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of the former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

The surprising transformation of Bilawal Bhutto into a leader of Pakistan's anti-Taliban movement

His call has gone down very well far beyond the family stronghold

Cross to bear: Pakistani Christians protest in Lahore after the suicide bombing of a church in Peshawar

The war on Christianity: The religion's followers are dwindling in the land of its birth - and it's not a crisis of faith, but one of violence

Almost fifteen hundred years ago, a wandering monk called John Moschos described the Eastern Mediterranean as a "flowering meadow" of Christianity. The religion had been born here nearly 600 years before but while, in the early years, it had been a persecuted, militant cult, under the patronage of the Byzantine emperors it had matured and mellowed. "The meadows in spring present a particularly delightful prospect," Moschos wrote in his book The Spiritual Meadow, which became a 7th-century best-seller. "One part of this meadow blushes with roses; in other places lilies predominate; in another violets blaze out…"

Amanda Knox in Seattle, US. Ms Knox is not expected to return to Italy for the trial

Awaiting a verdict from afar: Retrial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito set to reach decision over the murder of Meredith Kercher

Neither of the former lovers are expected to be in the court in Florence, but if found guilty again, another appeal is bound to follow

Vitali Klitschko fighting for the defense of his WBC heavyweight title against Germany's Manuel Charr in 2012

Ukraine protests profile: Is heavyweight boxing champion turned politician Vitali Klitschko the man to rescue his country’s future?

He leans clearly towards Europe but has not antagonised Russophiles

Pope Francis: 'I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it'

Pope Francis has his feet on the ground but he may be too late to save the Church from the damage of sex abuse scandals

Is he doomed to play the role of Mikhail Gorbachev to an organisation long as secretive as the Kremlin?

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