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  • Leading article: A conflict that has cost Georgia's democracy dear
    Wednesday, 13 August 2008

    Short – and nasty – this conflict may have been, but it leaves many mysteries behind it. We still have no accurate idea of the extent of casualties or the scale of the damage. While there is much human suffering and many refugees – alas, these are in...

  • Alistair Horne: We mistake the mood in Russia at our peril
    Wednesday, 13 August 2008

    When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989, Reagan and Thatcher displayed Churchillian magnanimity towards Gorbachev's broken nation. Relations were never better. There was no triumphalism. Then came Madeleine Albright, with all the inbuilt prejudices a...

  • Leading article: We cannot afford this scientific brain drain
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    So is there really a crisis, or is this just a case of special pleading by a particular sector of the economy? As convenient as it would be to write the alarm off as special pleading, it is hard to deny the force of the CBI's argument. A decline in s...

  • Letters: Hostilities in the Caucasus
    Wednesday, 13 August 2008

    When you look at Iraq and Afghanistan and realise to what ruthless lengths the US (and Nato and the EU) will go to secure supplies of oil, then it is only natural that the Russians move to maintain control of their own back-yard. The US has been tryi...

  • Leading article: The stark truth about rape
    Wednesday, 13 August 2008

    Questions of safety and personal responsibility are not irrelevant when it comes to rape. Women should be wary about drinking to excess and making themselves a possible target for those with criminal intent (although this applies to men, just as much...

  • Anne Penketh: Moscow flexed military muscle, and left West humiliated
    Wednesday, 13 August 2008

    The conflict, conducted with brio by Vladimir Putin, who clearly remains the man in charge of the Kremlin, has ended on Russia's terms, and there is nothing the West can do about it. Moscow has demonstrated that it is prepared to use military might t...

  • Georgette Gagnon: Before any resolution, Zimbabwe first needs justice
    Wednesday, 13 August 2008

    Lead mediator President Thabo Mbeki and other Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders should press Zimbabwe's leadership to address crucial human rights issues prior to any transitional government arising from the current negotiations. ...

  • Letters: Widespread illiteracy
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    In the 1960s I met a retired miner who had been proposed as the chairman of a voluntary organisation, but he declined because, as he told me, he could not read the agenda and minutes. He had desperately wanted to be a shotfirer when at work, but coul...

  • Leading article: Careless talk can cost lives
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    Hard as it was to see through the clouds of propaganda emanating from the two sides, Russia clearly has the upper hand militarily. So the future would now seem to hinge on what Vladimir Putin's intentions are (for it is now apparent that it is the Ru...

  • Kim Sengupta: 'I don’t know when they will stop the attacks'
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    The realisation among ordinary Georgians that this has been a rather one-sided love affair has come as a profound shock. In Tbilisi, a city trying to project itself as an outpost of sophisticated western Europe, the mood is one of deep alarm interspe...

  • Murithi Mutiga: End the sham of African democracy
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    But these reversals also expose the weaknesses in the African version of democracy and offer a chance to invest in institutional reforms that would yield a more realistic model than that pursued in the past two decades. The construct of multi-party d...

  • Simon Calder: The world has learnt to expect British louts
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    You can dig as deep as you wish for the causes of Britain's reputation for debauchery abroad. The slow decay of the nuclear family, perhaps, or the social acceptability of drinking oneself into a stupor on a Saturday night. Or you could visit the Clu...

  • Matt Siegel: 'I came here to defend my people from genocide’
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    Nikolai is far from alone. Since the fighting broke out on Thursday night, hundreds and perhaps thousands of upstart fighters from Siberia to Chechnya have flocked to the border with Georgia to sign up to fight in what they describe as the first fron...

  • David Owen: Lessons in removing politicians from public office
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    In the United Kingdom removal is done within the procedures laid down by the prime minister's political party and politicians from other parties are only involved if the prime minister loses, or in the case of Chamberlain, is wounded by a vote of con...

  • Susie Rushton: Urban Notebook
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    In February, the couple bought shares in a Mayfair pub for a rumoured £2.5m. Now The Punch Bowl has been accused of price-fixing, with customers complaining that tourists are charged 40p per pint more than "regulars". Previously owned by Greg Foreman...

  • Leading article: That's entertainment
    Wednesday, 13 August 2008

    But more significantly, he developed their careers at the nation's public service broadcaster, the BBC. Without Sir Bill's brilliance as an impresario of light entertainment in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, ITV might easily have developed a monopoly on thi...

  • Leading article: Give us your billionaires
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister of Thailand, said this week that he intends to remain in Britain - one of a long line of Russian oligarchs, deposed African despots and assorted wealthy Central Asians, many of them fleeing the law of the...

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