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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Children displaced by the fighting in South Sudan

South Sudan: Are we helping to create a country or merely creating ravenous clients for an army of Western experts and consultants?

World View: Is collective hatred of a bully enough to make a nation?

Swiss guards have protected the Papal Palace since the 15th century. Now a crack corp including KPMG has been charged with 'cutting through the complexity' of a corrupt Roman Curia

Pope turns to management consultants in bid to reform Vatican

Francis has broken with tradition by drafting in an army of secular experts to transform the Vatican’s management.  But will this radical approach help him achieve his goal of a ‘poor Church for the poor’?

More than 20,000 people have sought refuge at the United Nations mission in Juba

Refugees flock to UN shelters as South Sudan violence spreads

Fighting, sparked by an attempted coup, has spread beyond the capital city despite a curfew and airport closure

North Korean soldiers gathered at Kumsusan memorial palace in support of their leader Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang

North Koreans are gasping for the truth: Let's give it to them

Providing North Korea with information is as vital as disaster relief

Civilians fleeing from the violence in Juba take refuge at a United Nations compound near the city’s international airport. Parts of the capital are said to be in ruins

A new nation with old hatreds: More than 500 people feared dead after 'failed coup' in South Sudan

Thousands have fled from their homes after violence erupted in the world’s newest country. Peter Popham examines the rivalry behind the conflict

Villages of the damned: The last-ditch fight to save those little towns sitting in the way of Heathrow's proposed third runway

As the Government prepares to announce its proposals on Heathrow’s expansion, Peter Popham asks whether there is anything local residents can do to stop the Third Runway and save their historic communities from annihilation

A poster of Nelson Mandela on which mourners have written their messages of condolence and support, in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela's death: South Africa and the world mourns loss of Nelson Mandela

To mark the passing of a statesman abundantly blessed with spontaneity, mourners danced as he would have wished

Portraits of Ye Htut at his home in Rangoon. He changed his allies but never his loyalty to Burma

Ye Htut, last of Burma’s ‘30 Comrades’ freedom fighters, dies aged 92

Independent Burma’s last human link with its founding fathers was severed this week with the death in Rangoon  of Ye Htut, one of the so-called “30 Comrades”, at the age of 92. He was the last surviving member of a band of students who invaded Burma alongside the Japanese with the aim of overthrowing British colonial rule, in which they succeeded with remarkable ease.

Berlusconi and Shinawatra: The billionaires who love power more than money

Both earned the lasting enmity of their political establishments yet remained popular

Paul Flowers was arrested on Thursday night on drug allegations

‘An accident waiting to happen’: the mystery of how Paul Flowers’ career flourished

A week ago he was a member of the great and the good. Today he is a broken, disgraced figure. But, as Peter Popham discovers from those who know him, there was a sense of inevitability about this ending

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