Self-determination is back in the news again, with the claims of South Ossetia and Abkhazia for independence from Georgia. Not that it ever goes away for long; two dozen similar issues are simmering in different parts of the world, and it seems to be a matter of chance which one will pop into the headlines next.

Earlier this week it was Kashmir: after clashes between protesters and authorities on Friday (India's independence day), Monday saw large-scale but apparently peaceful rallies against Indian rule. One protester quoted in the story carried a sign saying "If freedom for Kosovo, why not for Kashmir?"