Kit Gillet is a freelance journalist currently based in Bucharest. His work appears regularly in the international press, for publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Foreign Policy and CNN.
Up Against the Wall

Up Against the Wall

Palestinians in the West Bank, quickly being sealed off behind a barrier, continue to live their lives in limbo. Kit Gillet looks at the reality on the ground following the collapse of the latest round of peace talks with Israel
Staying Power

Staying Power

In 2014 Romanians will have the right to work throughout the EU. Will everyone leave? The locals insist they want to stay and fix their nation.
Sichuan’s Tibetan Corner, Outside of Time

Sichuan’s Tibetan Corner, Outside of Time

Among the monks and novices of Tagong, a Tibetan community in neighbouring Sichuan province
City of Death and Life

City of Death and Life

For 6,000 people in the Philippine capital of Manila, living among the dead is preferable to running the gauntlet of the city’s crime-ridden slums. Kit Gillet reports
So, What’s It Like To Be Crucified?

So, What’s It Like To Be Crucified?

Enaje is visibly nervous, and with good reason. Tomorrow he will be strapped to a large wooden cross while thousands of people watch as 10-centimetre nails are driven through his palms and feet.
Delta Blues

Delta Blues

Kit Gillet journeys into the heart of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and discovers the stark realities facing the poor farmers and fishermen already feeling the effects of rising sea levels
In China, foot binding slowly slips into history

In China, foot binding slowly slips into history

In the village of Liuyi, China, there are only about 30 women left who followed a once-common tradition that was painful but also bonded mothers and daughters.
Mao's Underground City

Mao’s Underground City

Under the streets of Beijing a warren of waterlogged and crumbling tunnels is all that is left of an underground city that was, just 40 years ago, expected to be a temporary home to 300,000 nuclear survivors.
Latest entries

Dawn of the Dacia

Once the butt of car jokes, demand for cheap, reliable vehicles have helped Dacia become Europe’s fastest-growing brand

Back to the polls in Bulgaria

Bulgarians gets ready to bring in their fifth government in just 18 turbulent and protest-filled months

Romania confronts communist past in trial of prison camp chief

Alexandru Visineşcu, 88, denies charges of crimes against humanity as commander of brutal prison camp

Death Fugue, by Sheng Keyi

An absurdist take on the legacy of June 4, 1989

Bulgaria’s safety shakeup

Bulgaria is busy constructing an earthquake simulator in its capital, where residents will be able to learn how to react in the event of a major earthquake

Macedonia goes neo-classical – or is it just going kitsch?

Some say Macedonia's 'branding' blitz, which has sown the country with statues and colonnades, alienates its Albanian population by glossing over their role in its history.

The Dog: Stories, by Jack Livings

Disregarding his own health, and barely able to visit his dying wife in hospital, Zhou Yuqing sacrifices everything in an attempt to finish Mao Zedong's crystal sarcophagus in time for the opening of his mausoleum in 10 months' time.

The Thai mountain retreat of a forgotten Chinese army

In northern Thailand’s Mae Salong, where the Kuomintang’s ‘lost army’ put down its roots, tea and coffee plants have replaced the opium poppies that once provided a living.

Limited impact from Russia bans but trade war possible

The Russian government has banned all imports of meat, fish, milk and milk products and fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada, and Norway

New US sanctions against Russia seem meant for the long-term

The new round of US economic sanctions against Moscow will inflict more damage on the Russian economy than previous rounds and they seem to be aimed with the long-term objective of discouraging Western investment in the nation.

How Bulgaria fell victim to the tug of war over Ukraine

Under pressure from the West, Bulgaria halted construction of the Russia-backed South Stream gas pipeline – which played a role in the Bulgarian president's decision this weekend to dissolve the government.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Moldova’s Move Towards the EU

Moldova’s signing of an association agreement with the European Union today keeps it on a path that has, over the last five years, brought the small, former Soviet republic increasingly into the EU's orbit, despite strong objections from Moscow