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  • Leading article: A war on our blind side
    Sunday, 10 August 2008

    The Georgian parliament has explicitly declared that the country is in a state of war with Russia. Certainly, Russian planes have attacked Georgian territory with the bombardment of the city of Gori, from which Georgian military forces were being dep...

  • Leading article: Mr Darling is making a bad housing situation worse
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    In all events, the stamp duty story has been a small disaster for the Government and left the property market in some confusion. Is a move on stamp duty "proposed"? No, it seems. Is it an "option"? Yes, it would appear. So is a move possible? Some so...

  • Sophie Heawood: Fame is for the fatuous. Today's big names go for no name at all
    Sunday, 10 August 2008

    You see, last week, alongside the usual pictures of bra-less celebrities "smuggling peanuts", WAGs falling out of nightclubs and Lily Allen falling out of her clothes, The Sun's celebrity pages wrote about a musician called Burial. Which came as some...

  • Camila Batmanghelidjh: Not in my name: these Batman ethics are repellent
    Sunday, 10 August 2008

    First of all, let us take the film on its own terms and peer into the minds of some of the characters. The Joker has a similar slash across his face, a permanent sadistic smile which, he explains, he acquired because his drunken father carved it into...

  • Leading article: Musharraf's day of reckoning
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    If this vision of Mr Musharraf as the bastion of stability against chaos in the region was ever true – and it is hard to sustain it in view of his actual record – it is most certainly not true today as he faces impeachment proceedings from the two ma...

  • Mary Dejevsky: Kremlin has its work cut out to avoid a new defeat
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    South Osseita, an enclave on the border of the two countries, with a largely ethnic Russian and non-Georgian population, has been a flashpoint at least since the Soviet Union collapsed, and Georgia regained its independence at the end of 1991. It is ...

  • IoS letters, emails & texts, 10 August 2008
    Sunday, 10 August 2008

    My daughter had measles when she was five. She developed a high fever and then came out in spots and felt poorly for a few days. She was kept warm but given fresh air and water, and she emerged with a cleansing of inherited and acquired toxins, an en...

  • Andrew Martin: A wounded sea takes its slimy revenge
    Sunday, 10 August 2008

    Whether he goes any further will depend on his courage. You see some of the braver souls watching the jellyfish around them while standing shoulder-deep in water. But our man will most likely walk back up the beach and start reading his newspaper, ho...

  • George Walden: Who was the real Alexander Solzhenitsyn?
    Sunday, 10 August 2008

    I had embarked on a crash course of literary classics to keep up with Russian friends who, in the absence of anything contemporary, read the best of the past. The idea of something being published that not only told the truth about Stalin, but was al...

  • Andrew Wilson: Georgia and Russia can still step back from the brink
    Sunday, 10 August 2008

    The Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, elected in a landslide in 2004 on a manifest destiny platform of restoring national unity, has miscalculated and may have stepped into a Russian trap. Vladimir Putin came to see Georgia as Russia's Cuba – ...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 10 August 2008

    The 'Independent' titles do have a style ruling on this – albeit a rather high-minded one, quoting an incorrect usage from the paper, which runs: "A sex killer was jailed for life yesterday for the murder of his lover who he strangled and fed to the ...

  • Letters: Olympics and human rights
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    If members of the world leaders club won't take a stance, then let's hope at the very least that some of the medal winners use their elevated status to raise the banner for democracy and the liberation of Tibet. Or perhaps enough of the people can so...

  • The Weasel: Creature from the deep
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    Day 1. Though invitingly blue from a distance, the sea at Filey is a discouraging grey/brown at close quarters. Since it was high tide, my attempt at gradual acclimatisation provided welcome entertainment for strollers on the promenade. While the Nor...

  • Leading article: Here's looking at you...
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    Part of the idea is that it should get us into the mood for London 2012. Big screens that foster a live, community experience of exclusive or faraway events have proved hugely popular – and for good reason. Thanks to them, an enormous variety of ente...

  • James Macintyre: How the Government spun itself into another mess
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    With an increasingly frantic Downing Street desperate to distract media attention from the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, and his domestic manifesto, as well as the news that Northern Rock needed an injection of taxpayers' money, ideas abounded a...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 10 August 2008

    Are the Tories abandoning their green credentials? Writing in 'The Times' last week, Alice Thomson convincingly argued that being green is no longer cool, noting that David Cameron has only given one environmental speech since Christmas. Meanwhile...

  • Chris Schuler: btw
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    * The other night, I caught an episode of EastEnders for the first time in years. What struck me was not so much the ageing faces of Phil and Peggy, worn down by the weight of the series' history, nor even a grizzled East End chancer like Archie disp...

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