Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, Fidel Castro's former bodyguardJuan Reinaldo Sanchez was Fidel Castro's personal bodyguard for 17 years. As such, he spent his days and many of his nights up close with the Cuban leader before breaking rank...
Tiananmen: most Chinese people haven't seen 'Tank Man' photoA social media crackdown is underway for this 25th anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in Tiananmen Square. Foreign journalists have been harassed as they try to cover the an...
Poland’s last communist ruler dies aged 90Poland’s last communist leader, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, has died aged 90 after a long illness, a hospital spokesman said Sunday.
Liao Yiwu, Exiled Chinese writer and poetWhen tanks rolled into Beijing on June 3, 1989 on the way to a bloody crackdown on Tiananmen Square, Liao Yiwu was at home in Sichuan province. Shocked by news of the tragedy, in w...
Eric Hobsbawm, Marxist historian who grasped our world and hoped for anotherAn unrepentant communist for over 70 years, British historian Eric Hobsbawm drew on his extraordinary life, insatiable curiosity and unrivalled power of synthesis to explain the po...
NORTH KOREA - SOUTH KOREA
Korean families reunited after 60 years of separationMore than 100 South Koreans crossed the world’s most heavily fortified border on Thursday to reunite with family members living in the North, for the first time since the 1950-53 K...
Han Dongfang, Founder and Director, 'China Labour Bulletin'Han Dongfang, a leading advocate on Chinese workers’ rights, talks to Annette Young about how social media has helped Chinese people find their voice and stand up against exploitat...
Romania in the EU: A work in progress? (part 2)Communist kitsch or architectural prowess? We visit Bucharest's gigantic Palace of the Parliament. Also, our reporters ask why plans by a Canadian company to extract an estima...
Romania in the EU: A work in progress?Six years after joining the EU, Romania remains the bloc's second-poorest member. Our reporters travel the country to find out why only 15% of European funds earmarked for Rom...
In The Papers
IN THE WORLD PAPERS
Mandela's ceremony: A diplomatic landmineINTERNATIONAL PRESS – Tues. 10/12/13: Papers focus on what’s next for South Africa after Nelson Mandela's death, especially for his divided party the African National Congress...
ON THE GROUND
North Korea: Kim Jong-Un's colossal projectsSpectacular shows and theme parks, the construction of an enormous ski resort near the border with South Korea... Since he took power, the young North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has...
Mazowiecki, pioneer of Polish democracy, dies at 86Tadeusz Mazowiecki, an ally of Lech Walesa who became the first democratically elected post-communist prime minister in Eastern Europe, died on Monday at the age of 86.