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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...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Legalising drugs
    Monday, 18 August 2008

    For those of us who have been at the forefront of helping people with drug problems for many years (in my case, as a GP and founder and first chairman of Druglink, the Swindon drugs advisory service), we feel desperate that after 20 years of campaign...

  • Leading article: Time to calm down the rhetoric with Russia
    Monday, 18 August 2008

    Russia's announcement on Friday that Poland could consider itself a target for nuclear strikes in future opened up a new area of rhetorical conflict in a war of words hitherto confined to South Ossetia. Given Poland's bitter resentment of Russian dom...

  • Leading article: A glint of gold in Beijing
    Monday, 18 August 2008

    After years of being told that our sporting culture is in hopeless decay, and that the only things in which the nation excels are binge-drinking and obesity, Britain's athletes pulled off an astonishing coup, bagging nine medals, including four golds...

  • Leading article: Lessons from Dunwich
    Monday, 18 August 2008

    Mr Smith cautions that as the sea devours England's eastern coastline, hard decisions will have to made about what can be saved through engineering and what will have to be sacrificed. The natural reaction of some is simply to protest and say no; som...

  • Peter Popham: Rome Notebook
    Monday, 18 August 2008

    The BMW no one wanted to collect Italy is the land of great speed and great sloth. The new Fiat 500, as this paper noted last week, is surprisingly fast. Its sibling the new Fiat Bravo is about the fastest thing on the road, as I discovered when ...

  • Podium: Musharraf isolation highlights the need for reform
    Monday, 18 August 2008

    Musharraf, who was the country's army chief until last November, seized power in a 1999 coup and has retained office through two controversial votes. The new coalition government, which came to power in February, is seeking to impeach him on charges ...

  • Tanya Gold: Spare me the lectures from celebs
    Monday, 18 August 2008

    Stella is concerned about animals. I am too. But Stella – have people ever crossed your mind? You design clothes for H&M and Adidas. Would that be the same Adidas who has been accused in the European Parliament of handing out contracts to Indones...

  • DJ Taylor: What are the Olympics for?
    Monday, 18 August 2008

    If this year's Olympiad has, so far, produced a comparable moment, it came on Saturday afternoon when Jamaica's Usain Bolt won the 100 metres in record-breaking time. Again, everything the connoisseur demands from sport was there: the prodigious, col...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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, ...

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