It is an hour past midnight. A tropic moon hangs over the shoulder of Corcovado, and its colossal statue of Christ, whose outstretched arms have embraced Rio de Janeiro’s skyline since 1931. But under the corrugated roof of the Escola da Samba Salguiero, candles flicker in a makeshift shrine to Odesce, jungle god of Brazil’s voodoolike religion, Umbanda.By CHRIS WOOD13 min
He is reputedly the richest man in the world. Adnan Khashoggi, the Saudi arms dealer and international businessman, owns customized jet aircraft, Rolls-Royce autos and a business empire that spans five continents. But at least on some fronts, the billionaire is now in retreat.
The brief drama began shortly after 3 a.m. The lights of a black-and-white Chevrolet police patrol car picked out the form of a youth standing on the steps of a church and poised to swing a three-foot steel bar into the temple of a terrified teenage girl.By CHRIS WOOD6 min
A long line of 540 Brazilianmade Volkswagen Fox sedans rolled out of the cargo hatch of an ocean freighter in Halifax harbor last week. The cars were en route from a factory in São Paulo to their North American debut in showrooms across Canada, where they will sell for around $8,500 each.
Late on the Friday before Christmas four black men were riding through the borough of Queens in New York City when their 1976 Buick broke down—a trivial hard-luck story that would have passed unnoticed had it ended there. Quickly, though, trouble ensued, and New York became the backdrop for a shocking incident described later by Mayor Edward I.By Fred Bruning5 min
In what has become one of the best-known passages in Canadian writing, Margaret Laurence brought her masterpiece— The Diviners—toward its rolling conclusion: “Morag walked out across the grass and looked at the river. The sun, now low, was catching the waves, sending out once more the flotilla of little lights skimming along the greenbronze surface.
For Pat Carney, the end of the holiday season was more than a little abrupt. One week Canada’s International Trade Minister was soaking up the sun on the Hawaiian island of Maui with her 21year-old son, J.P. The next week she was back in the depths of a Canadian winter, leading a hectic cross-country public relations campaign.
This spring National Sea Products of Halifax will confirm that net profits in 1986 amounted to $20 million after taxes—a 300-per-cent jump from last year. The anticipation of such a quantum leap has already pushed the company’s stock to the equivalent of $43 from a low of $4.50 two years ago.By Peter C. Newman4 min
There has been much talk of heroes lately. Ollie North, the devious zealot who threatens the stability of the American government by refusing to talk, has been called “a national hero” by Ronald Reagan. This magazine has recently picked its list of Canadian heroes.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
Until late last week, he was a special assistant to Roch LaSalle, federal minister without portfolio and the Progressive Conservatives’ longserving MP from Quebec. Frank Majeau’s salary in the position was between $35,000 and $40,000 a year.By DAN BURKE4 min
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