January 18, 1988

Post-mortem of principles 3233
BUSINESS/ECONOMY

Post-mortem of principles

Seventy-one-year-old Ralph Candler of Calgary had worked hard all his life, first as an 80-cents-an-hour carpenter in 1949 and eventually, before his retirement in 1985, as a manager of a realty office. Last year, he says, he felt that his financial position was secure.
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CANADA

‘The task of a party is to get power’

The federal New Democrats reached their highest-ever level of support in opinion polls last year and led both other major parties in July. Many Canadians began to view an NDP government in Ottawa as a serious possibility—and began to take a closer look at Ed Broadbent, the party 's leader since 1975.
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COVER

ROME’S MOST DUTIFUL CHILD

When the Italian government held a national referendum in 1974 on whether divorce should be allowed, the controversial measure passed by a margin of 3 to 2. When an Irish government tried to do the same thing in 1986, it was defeated by almost 2 to 1.
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COVER

TOWARD AN ISLAMIC STATE

A battered, 10-year-old Toyota taxi sped along a busy stretch of desert highway 130 km northwest of Islamabad, capital of Pakistan. The driver, a short, bearded man in baggy white trousers and a blue shirt, pulled over to the side of the road, stopping in the shade of a tree.
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WORLD

GOD'S NEW MILITANTS

In the Moslem holy city of Mecca, at the height of the annual hajj, or pilgrimage, thousands of white-robed pilgrims chanted “Allahu-Akhbar” (God is great). They were drowned out by Iranian militants linking their praise of God and his prophet with cries of “Death to America”—and provoking a clash with Saudi police in which 402 people were killed.
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COVER

FIRE ON THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT

A chill winter dusk had emptied the streets of Lynchburg, an industrial town of 67,000 at the foot of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. But on the city’s south side, traffic was streaming toward the gigantic white pillars of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
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COVER

THE ‘WAR OF THE JEWS’

Veteran Israeli broadcaster Michael Elkins was returning by car to his Jerusalem home one recent Friday night when a bottle crashed through his windshield, spraying him and his passenger with glass. His assailant was not a Palestinian agitator, but one of a group of bearded, black-hatted Orthodox Jews, clearly outraged that he was driving on the sabbath.
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COLUMN

A leader who can crown kings

This fall, labor leader and New Democrat Bob White took to the hustings to hawk his autobiography, a book designed to enhance his political prospects. But quietly preparing last month for an election of his own was another powerful Canadian labor leader, Louis Laberge, head of the Quebec Federation of Labor, which represents half of Quebec’s unionized labor force.
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CANADA

The Oakalla jailbreak

On Dec. 29, following a series of riots, officials at British Columbia’s notorious Oakalla provincial jail in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby placed 15 inmates in a dungeon-like segregation unit known as “the hole.” They were not there long.
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BUSINESS

A rescue effort for the greenback

It was a wild week on the world currency markets. After finishing 1987 near post-Second World War lows against the Japanese yen and the German mark, the U.S. dollar started slipping again when the new year’s trading began last Monday. But central banks in Japan, West Germany, Canada and the United States swiftly began purchasing dollars to stop the currency’s slide and provide some stability in the market.
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