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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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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