The Chinese Communist Party today celebrates 70 years of power as perhaps the most successful totalitarian movement of modern times.
Czechia and Tibet: compare and contrast. Can history tell us anything about appeasement?
Local elections in Taiwan suggest dissatisfaction with the incumbents and a preference for improving relations with mainland China.
A new feature: links to some recent material that readers should find interesting.
Appeasement of China on the travel front opens some interesting questions about what should count as a country.
A review of the big elections of the last year and the current state of the "populist" threat.
Prime minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a fresh mandate, and seems unlikely to have much trouble getting it.
An occasional feature. This week, Czechia, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Australia and Catalonia.
North Korea is staging its regular return to the headlines. Don't panic.
As the financial year comes to a close, we tie up some loose ends on recent electoral news.