Forty years after the Red Army overran their territory on its way to Berlin, effectively consigning them to life under communism, the polyglot voices of Eastern Europe are in tune on their political future. But the tune is most frequently flat, the lyric despairing.
It has become—and is likely to remain—the murder case that will not die. Ontario Supreme Court Justice Samuel Grange probed the mystery during 191 days of testimony beginning in June, 1983, and a further three months of deliberation before he released his 288-page report last month on the deaths of 36 babies at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto between June, 1980, and March, 1981.
Livadia Palace in Yalta, the sprawling white-marble resort home of 19th-century Russian czar Nicholas I, is maintained today by the Soviets in all its imperial glory. It is preserved not because it represents an architectural monument of which to be proud nor as a reminder of a past over which Moscow prefers to draw a distorted veil.By Robert A.D. Ford7 min
Daily, the ritual runs its stylized course on Washington’s embassy row. At precisely 3:30 p.m. demonstrators assemble 500 feet from the guarded limestone South African Embassy. Waving hand-lettered placards denouncing the country’s apartheid policies they march in a cheery, orderly oval formation, chanting to a drumbeat, “No arms, no aid, no guns, no trade.”
From an ideological perspective, the setting for the Feb. 4 to 11, 1945, Crimea Conference was as unlikely as the wartime alliance itself. The resort town of Yalta, 51 km southeast of Sevastopol, was a prerevolution playground of the czars, a balmy Black Sea playground where the Romanovs, their friends and relatives built their palaces and idled away the summer months.By Robert Miller7 min
Maclean’s: The wives of Canada's Prime Ministers in the past 20 or 30 years have all been very different. How would you compare yourself to your most recent predecessors, Maureen McTeer and Margaret Trudeau? Mulroney: I never attempt to compare.
Riding a subway in New York City long has struck the fainthearted as a singularly foolish enterprise. The cars are dirty, the passengers aloof, the noise considerable, the crush of humanity so intense at rush hour that one may fear for his quota of oxygen. And yet ambience is not the real issue.By Fred Bruning5 min
Dozens of reporters, 15 lawyers and more than 100 curious New Brunswickers packed a Fredericton courtroom last week as Conservative Premier Richard Hatfield went on trial, charged with marijuana possession. Then, after listening for two days to the prosecution’s case, chief provincial court Judge Andrew Harrigan, ironically a Hatfield appointee, declared that there was insufficient evidence to support the charge and found Hatfield not guilty.By Chris Wood5 min
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is rapidly learning the pitfalls of the consultative approach to policymaking: it can turn a game of political hardball into batting practice for the opposition. Not only does consultation increase the opposition’s opportunities for criticism, but it exposes the government to charges of indecisiveness when it is forced to retreat from the course of action it planned to take.By Michael Clugston4 min
We are indebted to the most ponderous province of all to illustrate a little-remembered lesson about this country. It is that it really is a collection of regions in search of a nationality. Canada is 10 independent personalities, united only by a common suspicion of Ottawa.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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