Peter Popham

Peter is a foreign correspondent and feature writer with The Independent who has done long stretches in Japan, India and Italy. He's also author of The Lady & the Peacock: the Life of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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A volunteer cuts the hair of a Rohingya migrant at a temporary shelter in Kuala Langsa, Indonesia

Burma's opposition demands government gives citizenship to Rohingya refugees adrift on the Andaman Sea

Muslims must be given their human rights, say opponents of Buddhist chauvinism

Rohingya migrants in a boat adrift in the Andaman Sea last week

Harrowing stories emerge as Burma boat people are cast adrift off Asia’s shores

The maritime refugee crisis in the Andaman Sea is the biggest on the continent since the flood of Vietnamese boat people in the late 1970s

Rohingya migrants pass food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter to others aboard a boat drifting off the southern Thai island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman

Asia's migrant crisis: Thousands of trafficked boat people cast back out to sea by Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand

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Hillary Clinton and Aung San Suu Kyi met yesterday

Icons bid for power: Aung Suu Kyi and Hillary Clinton are facing a huge task

Clinton deserves more credit than anyone for Suu Kyi’s stunning leap, but time has a cruel way of turning political triumphs into pratfalls

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The Karmapa Lama, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, responds to claims by the Chinese government that the Nobel Peace Prize winner was certain to be reborn

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With Iran and Cuba 'the Obama doctrine' takes hold – but how much difference will he really make?

Military disengagement and diplomatic engagement have been the hallmark of this presidency in foreign affairs

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