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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Demonstrators pull at a man protesting against their occupation of the Hong Kong streets on Saturday

Hong Kong protests: Demonstrators set for backlash as China's strangulation of the Umbrella Revolution begins

Fears that Beijing may use deadly Triad attacks to end stand-off
Riot police fire tear gas on student protesters occupying streets surrounding the government headquarters in Hong Kong

Hong Kong protests: The pro-democracy demonstrators who feel time is running out

The fear they will soon be subsumed by the Chinese system has fuelled the defiance of the crowds

Tens of thousands of protesters occupied the streets of Hong Kong during China’s National Day

Hong Kong protests: The politest demonstration ever – but where do they go from here?

Despite more than four days of continuous occupation by tens of thousands, you could just about eat your chow mein off the tarmac

German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer: The German artist looking history’s horrors in the eye

He has enraged his compatriots by tackling taboos about the war. Now he comes to the Royal Academy

There was no reason to bar Qatar's female basketball team from the Asian Games

There's a time and a place for banning religious headgear, and this wasn't it

So far Ebola has caused 2,600 fatalities and infected more than 5,300 people

To stop Ebola killing thousands more, we need doctors who are willing to put their lives on the line

So far the plague has been fought almost single-handedly by one French aid agency

Isis militiamen parade in a captured Iraqi army jeep down a main road in Mosul, which the US is now targeting

Isis? What crisis? Satirists take a swing at the caliphate

World View: The hilarious songs of the Great Departed help to clear the air

Thai immigration policemen investigate Vietnamese women who were allegedly lured into becoming surrogate mothers

Thai ‘baby factory’ case draws attention once again to the ethics of surrogacy

World View: Surrogate parenting involves the commodification of the surrogate mother and the child she bears

India's philosopher, environmental activist, author and eco feminist Vandana Shiva arrives to give a press conference focused on genetically modified seeds on October 10, 2012

Meet Vandana Shiva: The deserving heir to Mahatma Gandhi's legacy

What Gandhi was to the British Empire, Dr Shiva is to Monsanto

Haruki Murakami is nothing like JK Rowling. He may sell like Tom Clancy, yet he remains a cult

Haruki Murakami profile: An everyman for our times

He’s a cult novelist whose austere, enigmatic writings sell by the million and have made him a global superstar

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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine