IoS Sounds of 2013: Global pop

The mind's eye is a familiar enough concept but the mind's ear less so. However, it's my mind's ear that's thrilling to the very idea of the Spanish jazz/flamenco diva Buika's emotive voice filling London's Union Chapel on 18 April. This gorgeous space is a gift to singers if they have the good sense to only bring a small acoustic ensemble with them.

Susan Willett: Defence expert who argued that an ethical arms policy

Sue Willett was an expert in the economics of defence and international defence policy. She became one of the foremost authorities on the vicious cycle of debt, underdevelopment and conflict in the developing world and called for radical action by the international community to break the cycle. Her conviction that the developed world can only bring about security if it pursues an ethical arms policy has been vindicated time and time again.

24-hour room service: Coral Lodge 15.41, Mozambique

As Mozambique's tourist season gets under way, the industry will be hoping for an improvement in the country's fortune. Visitor numbers fell by 28 per cent last year, after hopes of a boost from the Fifa World Cup in South Africa failed to materialise, the global economic slump dragged on and food riots broke out in the southern African nation.

Women of courage: Three faces of heroism

To mark International Women's Day, Gordon Brown pays tribute to a trio of inspiring figures who have overcome poverty, oppression and tragedy to do good in the world

Tips and deals of the week: 17/10/2010

Save £440 on a week in the Alps

Alpine Elements is offering a seven-night break at the Hotel Genepi in Les Deux-Alpes, France, from £567.50 per person, including return flights to Geneva, transfers, half-board, and free lift pass.

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Daniel, By Henning Mankell, trans. Steven T Murray

I was 13 years old when I joined my first political demonstration. The year was 1961. We took to the streets to demand an end to the imports of oranges from racist South Africa". Yes, it is Henning Mankell. Almost 50 years later, his radical-left convictions endure and provide scaffolding for his novels. The Man from Beijing, a complex package of colonialist misbehaviour on four continents, is a recent case in point. The police procedurals are usually less "political", but his new Wallander novel (due in English translation early in 2011) is built around Sweden's ambivalent foreign policy during the 1980s.