March 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
Sean Roberts, an associate professor at Georgetown University, offers a careful, considered response to the attacks, and provides excellent context for what has happened.
March 5, 2014 § Leave a comment
I attempt to make sense of the horrible killings in Kunming on the LRB Blog
February 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
Ilham Tohti, the respected Uyghur economist, has been charged with separatism and faces ten years to life in prison in China. It’s the kind of thing that’s a reminder of how China’s judicial and political system hasn’t made the same kind of progress as its economy. I wrote about the case on the LRB Blog.
February 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
My piece on a drug addiction clinic near Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan is now up at VICE.
January 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
If you think that people collect your recycling because they care about the environment, you may find my interview with Adam Minter about his new book Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Global Recycling Trade a bit surprising. Sorry about that.
January 17, 2014 § 1 Comment
I went back to Kashgar, in southern Xinjiang, in September last year for the first time in 13 years. In 2000 it was a place that I was sorry to leave; I didn’t feel the same this time. More words and pictures about that can be found at Unmapped, a new travel magazine that’s publishing the kinds of pieces that are in short supply: well-written, insightful reports from places that the news agenda doesn’t seem concerned about.