Asia

Uzbekistan: where east meets west and past meets present

14 December 2019 9:00 am

You realise what a rarity western tourists are when the locals ask to take selfies with you. I was standing…

Lee Bul’s ‘Monster: Pink’ (foreground) and ‘Crashing’ (background)

If you like monstrosities, head to the Hayward Gallery

21 July 2018 9:00 am

One area of life in which globalism certainly rules is that of contemporary art. Installation, performance, the doctrine of Marcel…

David Attenborough used to steal the animals he found in the jungle and take them home

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Let me start this week with an admittedly hard quiz question: in 1954, how did the sudden illness of Jack…

Hirohito, MacArthur and other villains

4 July 2015 9:00 am

The history of ‘great events’, Voltaire wrote, is ‘hardly more than the history of crimes’. Physically, the war in Asia…

Don't call him an oligarch - meeting Dmitry Firtash

19 April 2014 9:00 am

A rare interview with billionaire Ukrainian power broker Dmitry Firtash

Britain has many major problems - racism isn't one of them

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Britain has less prejudice than the countries where I’ve lived before – and more people taking offence

There's a global morality gap — and it's getting wider

26 October 2013 9:00 am

The world can now be divided between post- and pre-enlightened countries