Noel Malcolm

South Ossetia is Not Kosovo

Moscow has accused the West of double standards, but the former Yugoslav province has a cast-iron case for independence - unlike the secessionists in Georgia

Infantilification of Us All

The verb "pop" comes from the nursery, and its purpose is to put us back there

Not a Clash of Civilisations

Worlds at War: The 2,500-Year Struggle between East and West by Anthony Pagden

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"