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, The Guardian, The Economist, Monocle, The Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNN.
The great escape: how Bucharest rolled entire churches to safety

The great escape: how Bucharest rolled entire churches to safety

When Bucharest faced a radical redesign in the 1980s under communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, engineers moved complete buildings hundreds of metres on metal tracks to preserve the Romanian capital’s architectural heritage
At the Feet of the Master

At the Feet of the Master

Gheorghe Hagi has established an academy to try to develop a new generation of Romanian talent
Bringing in the scalps: the woman leading Romania's war on corruption

Bringing in the scalps: the woman leading Romania’s war on corruption

Laura Codruţa Kövesi presides over agency that has brought cases against mayors, judges, MPs – and now the prime minister
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
The Breeding Ground

The Breeding Ground

During the past 50 years, the Cambodia–Thailand border area has become the birthplace of anti-malarial drug resistance. Kit Gillet reports on efforts being made to prevent the spread of new strains of this deadly disease
Painting China's Wall of Shame

Painting China’s Wall of Shame

Chinese artist Zhang Bingjian paints portraits of corrupt Chinese officials and has over 2,000 lying around his Beijing studio
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
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.
Latest entries

“We don’t BeLiviu”: how Romania is rising against corruption

Night after night, activists gather in Victory Square to demand the resignation of the government.

Anger and Mistrust Fuel Unabated Protests in Romania

Government officials may have thought anger over a law that decriminalized some corruption had waned, once that law was repealed. They were wrong.
‘We must fight on’ – Romania’s crusader against corruption will not back down

‘We must fight on’ – Romania’s crusader against corruption will not back down

The woman leading the fight to clean up the government in Bucharest says she will continue to hold ministers to account

Hands off their DNA

Huge protests force Romania’s government to reverse itself on corruption

Romanian justice minister resigns after angry anti-corruption protests

Plan to decriminalise offences and issue jail pardons prompted hundreds of thousands of Romanians to take to the streets

Romania’s Leaders Back Down, but Protesters Aren’t Going Anywhere

Distrustful protesters refused to accept the government’s promise to rescind a decree that had decriminalized some corruption offenses.

Romania Reverses Decision to Weaken Corruption Law Amid Uproar

The move was a remarkable and rapid turnaround for a government that had shown every sign of holding firm against five days of mass protests.

Romanian PM to ‘press ahead’ with corruption decrees as protests grow

Sorin Grindeanu refuses to repeal decree despite biggest popular protests since fall of communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu

Protesters in Romania denounce plan to decriminalise misconduct offences

Thousands take to streets after government passes emergency ordinance that critics say will help corrupt politicians escape justice

Book review: A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA

Joshua Kurlantzick’s engaging new history says the secret war in Southeast Asia was the beginning of the modern CIA – no longer merely an intelligence-gathering agency

Keeping Alive a Haven for Yiddish Culture in Modern Romania

Bucharest is home to one of only a handful of Yiddish theaters left in Europe, which remained open even as Romania was gripped by anti-Semitism during World War II.

Romania Chooses Left-Leaning Government

Romania’s Parliament approved a new left-leaning coalition government on Wednesday, ending weeks of uncertainty about who would lead a country that has been a staunch member of the European Union and NATO.