For nearly four days, haggard and glassy-eyed, he recounted in a monotone the dramatic details of the affair that threatened Ronald Reagan’s presidency. So soporific was the drone of his voice that there was speculation that former national security adviser Robert McFarlane—who tried to kill himself last February with an overdose of Valium—was still taking medication.By MARCI McDONALD5 min
The story of Vijaya Thampi is a special story, a story about love and dread and self-discovery in the New World. Vijaya was born in Bombay in 1957 into what she thought of as an unhappy family and grew up a lonely, diffi dent girl. Marriage, she assumed, was her only way out.By Clark Blaise, Bharati Mukherjee13 min
The wrongs of former SS Obersturmführer (lieutenant) and convicted war criminal Klaus Barbie are well-documented: he ordered 4,342 executions and deported 7,591 Jews to Nazi death camps. That record alone would suffice to have earned Barbie his place in the pantheon of Nazi evil.
Every city has a specific personality, exuded through the look it has accumulated over the years. New York is aggressive, its thrusting towers the most powerful evidence. Paris is seductive. London is comfy. Moscow is not just ugly; it brandishes its ugliness.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
Britain’s Iron Lady seemed her cent public opinion polls that showed usual super-confident self. Anthe Conservatives well ahead of Labour nouncing her decision to go to and the Liberal-Social Democratic Allithe polls on June 11 in search of a ance.By PHILIP WINSLOW4 min
Jean de Grandpré and the company he heads, Bell Canada Enterprises Inc. (BCE) of Montreal, share a number of contradictory characteristics. Both are part of Canada’s corporate establishment, but the company and its chairman often display an ambitious and tough-minded determination to win.
When Derek Burney left the external affairs department at the end of March to become chief of staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, his former colleagues held a reception for him at the home of undersecretary of state James (Si) Taylor.
Now that the defence of northern sovereignty is being treated by Ottawa with the seriousness it deserves, Canadian defence planners should have another look at one of the free world’s most cost-efficient surveillance machines: the airborne warning and control system, better known as AWACS.By Peter C. Newman4 min
At Rangoon’s chaotic Mingaladon Airport, the young Burmese man approached a traveller carrying a duty-free shopping bag. “You sell whisky?” the Burmese youth demanded. “Cigarettes?” With that, he swiftly produced a handful of kyat (pronounced chat ), the national currency, which he had hidden in a carved-out hollow in the pages of an old book.By DENISE CHONG4 min
The small white house in a working-class area of east Vancouver is unremarkable—apart from the fact that it shelters a convicted war criminal who has never been punished for helping the Nazis during their occupation of Holland. In 1948 a Dutch court sentenced Jacob Luitjens to life imprisonment for his crimes.By MADELAINE DROHAN5 min
Sondra and Allan Gotlieb had never heard of Liz Embry, much less invited her into their home. But “Liz Embry” was the byline on one of the most unflattering articles yet written about Gotlieb, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, and his wife.By LISA VAN DUSEN5 min
In the 1950s Inco Ltd. employed about 17,000 men at its sprawling Sudbury, Ont., mining operation and supplied fully 90 per cent of the nonCommunist world’s nickel. Since then, fundamental economic changes have steadily eroded the underpinnings of Inco’s onetime supremacy.By MARK NICHOLS4 min
I married George Jonas one Friday afternoon in October, 1974. There were only six people present, but Ontario Premier William Davis’s office sent us flowers because I was writing a profile of him. The blood-red roses were handed to me by Rabbi Gunther Plaut after the ceremony, and I swelled with excitement.By Barbara Amiel5 min
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