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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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

A cartoon depicting the Chinese President Xi Jinping hangs above protesters’ tents on a street in Hong Kong yesterday

HSBC board member: slaves waited for the vote, so why can’t Hong Kong?

Protesters demand apology from senior banker who is also mainland politician

East German border guards stand on a section of the Berlin wall in front of the Brandenburg gate on November 11, 1989

Twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall fell, Hungary’s PM thinks it is Western capitalism that is in its death throes

Despite his unpopular proposal to tax the internet, Viktor Orban is a wily, authoritarian leader succeeding in many of his aims

Guy Scott greets Zambia’s defence and security chiefs after taking over as acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Michael Sata, the President of Zambia, died in a London hospital yesterday after a lengthy illness

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee