The stones of the land they call Palestine are the color of old bone, sharp-edged when they shatter, and plentiful. For the dozen youths wreathed in the smoke of burning tires at a barricade outside the Christian Arab village of Beit Sahur, they provide both ample ammunition and a symbol of their passionate nationalism.By CHRIS WOOD13 min
Actress Brooke Shields was there. And so were designers Calvin Klein and Oscar de la Renta, comedian Joan Rivers, actress Jaclyn Smith and about 1,100 other guests. The occasion was Bloomingdale's annual spring promotion party, held on April 5 at its 102-year-old, nine-storey midtown Manhattan flagship store.
Tehran’s busy Hafez Avenue was teeming with midafternoon traffic last Tuesday when an earsplitting crack pierced the din of the street. Spectators looked up to see a puff of white smoke as the warhead of an Iraqi Scud-B missile separated from its rocket about 1,600 feet above the ground.
As major-league baseball’s regular season enters the second of its 26 weeks, last season’s painful memories in Toronto and unexpected joy in Montreal linger. The Blue Jays lost their final seven games to miss the American League East pennant by a precious two, while the Expos surprised even themselves by finishing third in the National League East.By HAL QUINN6 min
Next week in the National Stadium outside Tel Aviv, Israeli Jews will gather to mark 40 years of tumultuous nationhood. And in keeping with their history of scarcely interrupted warfare with their Arab neighbors, the occasion will have a distinctly military flavor.
The latest threat to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s Meech Lake constitutional accord was an untimely blow dealt by one of his closest political allies. On April 4 Saskatchewan Premier Grant Devine’s Conservative government introduced legislation to repeal a century-old statute that gave French and English equal status in the province’s courts and legislature.
In the fall of 1947 a Hebrew journal published an article by Zalman Shazar, a future Israeli president, on the new nation that would arise in the land of Israel. One line of it sticks in my memory. “When the free Jewish state finally comes into being,” he wrote, “nothing will be as it was.By AMOS OZ5 min
The Reagan administration got some exceedingly bad news the other day. Peace had broken out in Nicaragua. One can imagine the chief executive squaring his jaw, upbraiding his staff and demanding to know just which clown allowed such a thing to happen.By Fred Bruning5 min
Last Wednesday morning 16 Israeli youngsters from the ultranationalist settlement of Elon Moreh began a traditional Passover holiday hike through the West Bank hills. But when the group— guarded by two armed adults—neared the Arab village of Beita, about 40 km north of Jerusalem, they were confronted by a clutch of stone-throwing Palestinian youths.
The hot book of the season is a novel revealing that the richest city in the world is a hellhole filled with frightened people. Tom Wolfe, with his deadly eye, shows in his latest novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, a New York of festering racial tension, venal greed, sickening consumption and fear, fear, fear.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
The story you want is part of the Maclean’s Archives. To access it, log in here or sign up for your free 30-day trial.
Experience anything and everything Maclean's has ever published — over 3,500 issues and 150,000 articles, images and advertisements — since 1905. Browse on your own, or explore our curated collections and timely recommendations.WATCH THIS VIDEO for highlights of everything the Maclean's Archives has to offer.