It is not necessary to have graduated from a school, or indeed a family, that advanced the view that Albion is always perfidious to recognise that the negative legacy of the British Empire remains a real and destructive force in today’s world. The evidence is unfortunately widespread and persistent.
Wed, 14 Aug, 2019
It is nearly always the case that when a society, or even a section of society, take to the streets to oppose autocracy, the usual cheering from a distant, safe sideline is quickly tempered by prudent apprehension. There are too many examples of human aspiration crushed by brook-no-argument force.
Mon, 05 Aug, 2019
Chinese president Xi Jinping has urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take on a more forceful role in society and economic development to better address "grim" challenges facing the country as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress.
Wed, 18 Oct, 2017
As pro-democracy protests approach their tenth day in Hong Kong it is hard not to admire those who have taken to the streets to try to reshape their society — especially as this challenges a government happy to use the most violent means to close down opposition.
Mon, 06 Oct, 2014
Prison authorities in China have started giving Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo better food, the dissident's wife said today, while she herself faces restrictions on whom she can meet and must be accompanied by a police escort whenever she leaves her home.
Tue, 12 Oct, 2010