American marines coming ashore at Guadalcanal, 1942 (Photo: Getty)

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…


Progress at a price

7 April 2010 12:00 am

I was sitting recently with a former US marine by one of the huge open windows on the top floor of the Caravelle Hotel in Saigon.


Land of eternal euphemism

24 March 2010 12:00 am

If it wasn’t for the sheer misery of most of its luckless inhabitants, wouldn’t the world be a duller place without North Korea?


The day the music died

15 April 2009 12:00 am

The Immortals, by Amit Chaudhuri

Division and misrule

29 December 2008 12:00 am

‘The 20th century was not kind to Pakistan’, Tariq Ali says in the first sentence of his latest book on his native land.