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  • Leading article: Do not feed the bear's paranoia
    Sunday, 17 August 2008

    One argument has been made by American hawks. It is that, if Georgia had been a member of Nato, Russia would not have dared to drive its tanks to within 20 miles of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. This is simplistic in the extreme. It overlooks the te...

  • 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...

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: Why are we pretending we would fight for Georgia?
    Sunday, 17 August 2008

    In the official view of Washington, the expansion of Nato up to the borders of Russia was a benevolent spreading of democracy. "It is the right of the Georgian people and Georgian government to determine their own security orientation," says Kurt Vol...

  • 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...

  • IoS letters, emails & texts, 17 August 2008
    Sunday, 17 August 2008

    Babies breastfed by mothers with immunity are protected to some extent, but this immunity rapidly drops off after breastfeeding is stopped, so it is unlikely that a five-year-old has any significant immunity as a result of his mother's previous infec...

  • Steve Bennett: Noises Off
    Sunday, 17 August 2008

    Many comedy shows have suffered as a result, but that hasn't stopped the annual dig at the comedians of Edinburgh. Some bright spark has noticed that, for the first time, comedy has officially outstripped theatre: in the Fringe Festival's programme, ...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 17 August 2008

    If you're a fan of online social networking, you may recognise these as the opening words of 'The Virtual Community', the pioneering book by Howard Rheingold that helped pave the way back in 1993 for Facebook, YouTube, MySpace and all those other net...

  • Tariq Ali: Musharraf will not go gentle into that golf course
    Sunday, 17 August 2008

    And now President Pervez Musharraf is digging his heels in. There is a temporary stalemate. The army is in favour of him going quietly, but is against impeachment. Washington is prepared for him to go, but quietly. And last Friday it was reported tha...

  • Matthew Bell: Edinburgh diary
    Sunday, 17 August 2008

    Are celebrities giving up on relationships with humans? The talk of Edinburgh has been Britt Ekland's new-found companion, Tequila, a five-year-old Chihuahua she describes as the "man in her life" in her one-woman show, see page 41. But it's not j...

  • Cole Moreton: Who killed Cluedo's Col Mustard?
    Sunday, 17 August 2008

    Yes, madam, you may well gasp. The Colonel has received his last orders. And he is far from the sole victim, I am afraid. Mrs Peacock struts no more. Miss Scarlett's blood soaks the Persian carpet. Professor Plum is beyond reinvention. The Rev Green ...

  • Jane Merrick: It should have been me wearing Paula's GB vest
    Sunday, 17 August 2008

    About 200 places ahead of her, there was another skinny, blonde 12-year-old, trying to shield her face from the flying mud and grass – and that girl was me. So Paula, you won't remember me from that day – 15 February 1986 – just as I don't remember y...

  • 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...

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