Ian Buruma

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Ian Buruma, ex-editor of The New York Review of Books: writers say his departure represents ‘an abandonment of the central mission of the review, which is the free exploration of ideas’. Photograph: Vincent Tullo/The New York Times

Leading Irish writers John Banville, Colm Tóibín and Roy Foster, along with some of the biggest names in English letters, including Joyce Carol Oates,(...)

Ian Buruma: It is unclear whether he resigned or was fired from  The New York Review of Books. Photograph: Vincent Tullo/The New York Times

Ian Buruma, the editor of The New York Review of Books, left his position on Wednesday amid an uproar over the magazine’s publication of an essay by a(...)

Geert Wilders says if he wins the popular vote and is excluded from government it will be patently undemocratic. Photograph: Martijn Beekman /AFP/Getty Images

The most depressing thing about the controversial suggestion by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte recently that immigrants who no longer like living in (...)

President Barack Obama bows as he is greeted by Japan’s Emperor Akihito during  a previous visit to Tokyo in 2009. He will be in Japan next month for a G7 summit

After less than a year in office, US president Barack Obama famously bagged a Nobel Peace Prize for a thin pledge to build a world without nuclear wea(...)

Paper lanterns float in the Motoyasu River in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima during a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nagi/AFP/Getty Images

It is impossible to conjure up the agony visited upon Hiroshima 70 years ago as you walk around the rebuilt city, with its airy shopping centres and t(...)

Ian Buruma: “A way to deal with our fearful fascination with power and cruelty and death is to act it out vicariously, in art. Hence the title of this book”

People sometimes say to me: “You write about so many things.” I think this is meant kindly and I take it as a compliment. But there is no special meri(...)