Adults do not always delight in the sound of play, especially when children are duelling with plastic models of Soviet assault rifles or Israeli submachine-guns. But children are usually untroubled by the adult debate over the availability of war toys—they get more upset when an opponent refuses to fall down in the path of an imaginary bullet in the heat of mock battle.
Extending south from Samarra in mid-Iraq, the highway forks right after about five kilometres and continues 30 kilometres to the Iraqi State Establishment for the Production of Pesticides, SEPP. Surrounded by a double perimeter fence, the 10-square-mile facility is heavily guarded by troops and SAM 2 missiles.
The change in tone was swift and dramatic. Only days before, President Ronald Reagan had responded with anger and defiance to the worst crisis of his sixyear presidency, blaming the media for the outcry over the diversion of profits from secret Iranian arms sales to the Nicaraguan contra rebels.By MARCI McDONALD6 min
In the summer of 1946 bush pilot Russell Baker launched a tiny airline in Fort St. James, B.C., a hamlet located on Stuart Lake, 650 km northeast of Vancouver. His first job was flying forest-fire patrols for the provincial government in war-surplus Cessna Cranes.
It is a comfortable, old-fashioned image—piles of brightly wrapped packages under the boughs of the tree on Christmas morning. But the tradition ends there, considering the kinds of presents being bought for adults this year. Gadgetry— often expensive and frivolous—plays a large part in many retailers’ Christmas gift offerings.By ANNE STEACY6 min
There is always a risk involved in giving children books for Christmas: the young recipients may declare firmly that they would rather have toys. Still, a good book—a really good book—can compete successfully for a child’s attention against the flashier charms of a mock laser gun or the latest vigilante doll.
The lively music, red wine and five-course Italian meal probably helped. But they were not the only reasons the 275 Liberals from Toronto’s York West riding were in high spirits last week. They had gathered in the Galaxy Banquet Hall to celebrate the resounding victory of their leader, John Turner.
It is a commercial variation of a child’s garden of delights: toys stretching into the distance. Customers push shopping carts up and down aisles jammed with dolls and puzzles, rattles and plastic submachine-guns. Dozens of employees dressed in orange pin-striped jackets busily restock the beige metal shelves or tend up to 20 cash registers.
Tilling the black loam of the steppe, they were among the most gifted farmers the world has known. But the prosperity of the Soviet Union’s 30 million Ukrainians was to dictator Josef Stalin a kind of heresy. In Harvest of Sorrow, British scholar Robert Conquest produces exhaustive documentation to show that the price the peasants of Little Russia paid for their affront was murderously high.By GLEN ALLEN, DON CUMMING5 min
It was the kickoff event to more than a year of pre-Olympic festivities. But when only 3,000 spectators— including 1,500 bused-in schoolchildren—turned out last month to watch two days of world-class ski jumping at Calgary’s new $60-million Canada Olympic Park, the city’s Olympics Organizing Committee (OCO ’88), quickly got the message.
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