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  • Leading article: Sporting greatness and political repression
    Saturday, 16 August 2008

    The hosts will also be relieved that proceedings have not been disfigured by any major drugs scandals. The authorities seem to have been rigorous on the testing front, to the extent that some athletes are beginning to complain of being continuously p...

  • Leading article: Artistic endeavour
    Saturday, 16 August 2008

    The extent of the Serota influence on art in Britain worries some, who fear that one man with a personal passion for a cutting-edge contemporary art can distort the national picture. But a look at the range of what Sir Nicholas has done disproves thi...

  • Leading article: Beware a despot bearing gifts of shared power
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    Yet Mr Tsvangirai is right to resist this pressure. It is important to remember that the MDC leader enjoys more political legitimacy than Mr Mugabe in Zimbabwe. Mr Tsvangirai defeated Mr Mugabe in the first round of the presidential elections in Marc...

  • Michael Brown: Forget friends like these, David
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    Visiting the northern Labour marginals he hopes to win in 2010, Mr Cameron moved swiftly to denounce the report as "insane". But he will have been seriously irritated, and the report showed that the Tory Party still has the ability to snatch defeat f...

  • Kim Sengupta: Villagers caught in front line become victims of atrocities
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    Six hours after leaving their village, Mrs Bakarashvilli was shot at a checkpoint by a drunken militiaman. She died of her wounds – one of many civilian casualties in the atrocities which are now coming to light, say humanitarian groups, on both side...

  • Letters: Visa shame
    Saturday, 16 August 2008

    Later, my husband would walk to Iran to rejoin the Polish forces and carry on the fight. The Poles were among those who won the battle of Monte Cassino, and their reward was to have their homeland given to Stalin by their allies, UK and USA. For 53 y...

  • The Weasel: It's showtime, folks
    Saturday, 16 August 2008

    "They haven't got any," said Simon bluntly. "Oh, they do," countered Valerie. "They know what's what." Though I was now brimming with ovine info, this proved superfluous at Thornton-le-Dale, since I was asked to assay photography. Celebrating the 60t...

  • Shaun Walker: The sad demise of Saakashvili and his bold new vision
    Saturday, 16 August 2008

    The Georgian President made the first statement and it soon became apparent that this was a man on the edge. At times, it was too painful to watch. His powerful, raw emotion was laid out bare for all to see but, after a week of immense political pres...

  • Letters: Legalising drugs
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    My husband and I have been fighting for change for 12 years, since our son had a problem while he was at university. Not only are our drug laws ineffective, the punishments have become more dangerous and damaging than the drugs themselves. A criminal...

  • Leading article: A positive learning curve
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    The increased take-up of maths is particularly encouraging, with more candidates than at any time in the past. Chemistry, physics and biology have also increased in popularity. A decade of decline has been reversed. On the arts side, there has been a...

  • George Rupp: Still committed to Afghanistan – despite the killings
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    It is doubtful that when the then IRC board president John Whitehead made his first visit in 1980 to the Afghan-Pakistan border, he could have known what a long and difficult commitment the IRC was about to embark on. What John did know was that a te...

  • Michael McCarthy: French countryside: a throwback to the 50s
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    The most reliably good food in France is to be found elsewhere, in the brasseries, those town-centre cafes that spread paper cloths on to their tables at noon and turn themselves into lunchtime restaurants for office workers. Every day, a brasserie o...

  • Martha Robinson: A-levels are hard – in the wrong places
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    Every lesson of the past two years – in my chosen subjects of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, French and Philosophy – has been focused on examinations. The year is structured around the syllabus and past exam papers. On attempting to sign myself up for ...

  • David McKittrick: Ten years on, and nobody has been brought to justice
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    Everyone one knows who is responsible. But knowing has not been enough. As so often in Troubles-related cases, intelligence has not been translated into evidence that will stand up in court and secure convictions. A decade of legal proceedings in Nor...

  • Muriithi Mutiga: Opposition must make the most of its chance
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    His attempt to humiliate his rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, at Harare airport sums up his dilemma: While Mr Mugabe holds the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change in contempt and has little stomach for ceding any executive power to the MDC, he has ...

  • Anne Penketh: There is only one winner, and too many casualties
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    What a difference a war makes. Those words must have haunted her yesterday as she held talks with President Nicolas Sarkozy at his summer residence before heading to Tbilisi in a show of solidarity with the embattled government of Georgia. The confli...

  • Leading article: Sentimental journey
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, of course, but this sounds rather unfair. We would encourage Mr Paxman to delve a little deeper into the Scotsman's oeuvre. There is a world of Burns beyond "Auld Lang Syne" and that poem about the haggis. It se...

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