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Ellen Halliday

I'm a freelance journalist based in Brussels.

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Thomas Graham

I’m a British journalist and writer. I have lived and reported from across Latin America and the Iberian …

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Kapil Komireddi

I am an author, journalist, and book critic. My book, Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New …

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Amy Fallon

I am a widely-published and experienced journalist and communications specialist who has worked around the world for a …

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Amy Hawkins

Selected writings (mostly about China). Get in touch at amyxlhawkins@gmail.com

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Latest Articles

How covid-19 is interrupting children’s education

Children usually rejoice in a break from school, assuming it will be a chance to slack off. Not Ryu, a nine-year-old in Tokyo. As the new coronavirus spread across Japan, schools throughout the country closed on March 2nd. His parents have enforced a strict schedule every day. It includes Japanese, science an
By Amy Hawkins
The Economist

Free period products in Scotland

When Michelle Fisher was a teenager, money was tight, and she had to ration the number of tampons she used. Despite experiencing extremely heavy periods, she would use only one or two a day. Once, she bled through onto a chair at school. “Even to this day when I’m buying products it still feels like I need to ration myself as an after-effect of being so restricted growing up.”
By Amy Hawkins
The Economist

Why Britain’s public conveniences are anything but

Antoinette, a rough sleeper in the Finsbury Park area of north London, doesn’t feel safe going to the toilet. The one public toilet nearby is often dirty, she says, and people take drugs in there. A pub near the underground station allows non-customers in, but men use it for another kind of relief. She prefers a branch of Costa, a coffee chain, but the door requires a passcode that is handed out only to customers. So she relies on friendly baristas slipping her the code.
By Amy Hawkins
The Economist

Despite a tragedy, children continue to compete in Thai boxing bouts

The death of Anucha Thasako was supposed to change everything. After several sharp blows to the head during a Thai boxing bout in 2018, the scrawny 13-year-old fell to the floor, unconscious. The referee rushed to his side, to no avail. There was no doctor in attendance. Anucha died soon afterwards from a brain haemorrhage. He had been boxing since the age of eight, and had taken part in around 170 fights.
By Amy Hawkins
The Economist

China’s government finds surprising support for same-sex marriage

A romance and two years of dating, Emma and her girlfriend, Han, have tied the knot (see picture). They invited about 100 people to their wedding on January 18th in the south-western city of Kunming. It involved a ceremony, with the two women in matching white wedding dresses, followed by a banquet and an after-party. Emma says she was both excited and nervous. The wedding meant “commitment and responsibility” and “the courage to spend the rest of my life with the one”. She is looking forward to
By Amy Hawkins
The Economist

What is at stake in the Taiwan election?

TAIWAN’S VOTERS go to the polls on January 11th to elect their president and parliament (called the Legislative Yuan). If opinion surveys are any guide, the current president, Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which supports eventual independence, will beat Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomintang (KMT), which advocates closer ties with China. That would rule out any near-term prospect of a thaw in relations across the Taiwan Strait.
By Amy Hawkins
The Economist