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Where to stay? How to get there? Who to shout at? Whether you are protestor, journalist or tourist, don't miss Carolyn Tan's invaluable local guide to Auchterarder. Dominic Hilton admires the local delicacies, scenery and schoolgirls. Coming up: Robin the poet sings of fences and how to cross them.
Chinas membership of the G8 could be the emerging superpowers next step, but will it be enough to save the body from irrelevance? Seema Desai of Londons Foreign Policy Centre reports.
An Anglo-American corporation of politicians and pop stars Bono, Bush, Brown, Bob and Blair are trying to patent the language of poverty reduction. Its not theirs, its ours, says social-justice campaigner Bianca Jagger.
Was the G8 summit good for the prospects of limiting global climate change? Scientists and campaigners comment on the Gleneagles outcome.
African and western writers evaluate the deals done at the 2005 G8 summit.
Nigeria is a west African giant of huge human and economic potential. What must happen to make it real? John Adeleke on seven principles for a brighter future.
Chinas energy-hungry economy is driving the countrys ambitious Africa strategy. But is such bold developing-world investment any less self-interested than that from western, ex-colonial states? Chris Melville & Olly Owen map the dynamics of a new age of south-south cooperation.
Between the submissive pleas of Make Poverty History and the anarchist headbangers of the Black Bloc, where is the coherent message to unite protestors against the G8s planetary depredations? Tom Burgis reports from the Gleneagles frontline.
Belgiums annual, multicultural festival, Couleur Café, reminds Karolin Schaps that Africa is not there but here.
The African challenge is to combine the management and sharing of the continents rich resources with peace and democratic governance, says Kenyan environment minister and Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai.
The western aid industry is a trap that locks Africans in the chains of dependency. Africans initiative, symbolised by diaspora remittance flows, is the key to liberation, says Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie.
The small Scots town that hosts the G8 circus is no stranger to world-historical events; they happen there once every century, writes poet Robin Bell.
The leading economist, Jeffrey Sachss agenda for ending poverty in Africa is shared by the NGOs behind the Make Poverty History campaign and the organisers of the global Live8 concerts. Anthony Barnett meets Sachs and examines the politics of protest around the G8 summit in Scotland.
The alliance between the NGO coalition Make Poverty History and the spectacular global Live8 concerts may seem a formidable challenge to the G8, but Tom Burgis in Edinburgh hears radical NGO campaigners who think it is far too close to power.
The G8 leaders should take courage and admit that making polluters pay through the law courts is the simple, straight, if scary solution to global warming, says Myles Allen.
If the G8 is serious about implementing the agenda that puts Africa and climate change at the top, one environmental policy would bring all-round benefit, says Richard Burge.
The G8 summit at Gleneagles is to be encased by a ribbon of steel cutting through the Scottish countryside where poet Robin Bell lives. This is his response.
How to get there? Where to stay? When to break cover? Whether you are protestor or journalist, tourist or secret policeman going to the G8 summit, Carolyn Tans local guide tells you what you need to know about its Scottish location: Auchterarder.
The G8 debt relief plan is far less generous than it looks, says Alex Wilks of the European Network on Debt and Development.
From teashops to the tourist information centre, Dominic Hilton scopes out the site of the G8 summit.