Developing World

Helping Africa Break Free

Aid to Africa is the problem, not the solution, according to Dambisa Moyo, Zambian-born economist and author of Dead Aid. She discusses the issue with Richard Dowden, executive director of the Royal African Society, and Standpoint editor Daniel Johnson

Mumbai: On the ‘Slumdog’ Trail

Standpoint's Writer-At-Large visits the slums of Mumbai to assess the Oscar-winning film

Park City, Utah: Movie that Pulls Aside the Veil

A new documentary made in Afghanistan has won two awards at the the Sundance Film Festival. Afghan Star could help the cause of feminism there and encourage a desperately-needed sense of national community

Keeping Faith

‘Having banished the West's Judaeo-Christian heritage, we are now investing the advent of Barack Obama with a quasi-messianic significance that no American president can possibly fulfill’

Blown Up in Bin Laden Country

Is Pakistani intelligence allowing the country's tribal areas to become a Taliban stronghold? What can the West do about it?

Four Days of Terror in Mumbai

A city in the grip of rumour and recrimination—an eye-witness account of the jihadi attacks and their aftermath

China’s Rural Nightmare

As the global economic crisis hits home, Beijing faces what the country's rulers have always feared - a peasants' revolt

Caracas: Chávez’s Secret Fan Club

‘In his decade as president, Chávez has parlayed socioeconomic resentment into near-invincibility. But Venezuela's decay, and the chinks in his armour, are there for all to see’


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Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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