Kareem Khadr is kneeling on the living room carpet, a short crawl from his wheelchair. He is barefoot, dressed in a bright yellow soccer Tshirt—BRAZIL—and a pair of beige shorts that expose his limp, crippled legs. His mother and sister are sitting nearby, talking to one another as he flips, page by page, through a pile of old photo albums.By MICHAEL FRISCOLANTI
The tour starts promptly at 11 a.m. A daily half-hour dash through the ruined streets of Dahiyah, the south Beirut stronghold of Hezbollah, to inspect the latest damage inflicted by Israeli bombs. Herded by shouting bearded militants, the sweating members of the international press slip and skid over piles of rubble, past blasted-out shops and cleaved buildings.By JONATHON GATEHOUSE
Øfi1m~ The master of film comedy P.52 books Citizens of convenience p.54 fdesign Garden snobbery taste Throwback veggies P.58 As a photographer prepares to shoot Oliver Stone in a Toronto hotel room, his personal groomer is issuing specific instructions on just how he should be lit. She says photographers are always trying to make the director look dark and moody, but his new movie, World Trade Center, is so uplifting that he should be shown “in a positive, hopeful light.” It’s easy to see how the 60-year-old filmmaker—with his heavy-set features, jet-black hair and overbearing eyebrows—could be typecast as a force of darkness.By BRIAN D. JOHNSON
Q Does what we’re witnessing right now with Canada’s response to the situation in the Middle East represent a fundamental shift in Canada’s approach to the region in favour of Israel or just a particular response to a particular problem?
Not content to bash the United States from his usual soapbox—the presidential palace and the radio and television concern he controls in Caracas—Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez has taken the show on the road. He embarked on a unique world tour last week, taking in countries that are, by turns, either uneasy in their relations with the West or downright pariah states and sworn anti-democratic enemies.By ISABEL VINCENT
Colin Hansen, British Columbia’s minister of economic development, and his Alberta counterpart Gary Mar, the minister of international and intergovernmental relations, have developed a sound friendship over the past three years.By COLIN CAMPBELL
Summations in his trial began in Baghdad but without Saddam. He was off on a hunger strike, protesting the proceedings. The 17-day fast prompted his guards to insert a feeding tube on Sunday. Despite the reduced calories, Saddam found enough strength to pen a 5,000-word letter to Americans, urging them to quit Iraq.
Here’s one of my favourite numbers: 50,000— as in “50,000 Canadians,” as in “As many as 50,000 Canadians are believed to be in Lebanon” (CBC News), and “There were an estimated 50,000 Canadians in Lebanon when fighting broke out” (Canadian Press), and “There were some 50,000 Canadians in harm’s way, trapped in a country that Israel was relentlessly bombing” (the Toronto Star).By MARK STEYN
WHILE I APPLAUD certain elements of Ryan Craig’s boarding school program for overweight youth, I find many to be disturbing (“Fixing generation XXL,” Cover, July 24). The obsessive focus on self-discipline perpetuates the unhealthy relationship with food that created and maintains these children’s weight problems.
Nicholas Sarkozy, France’s interior minister, is ramping up his campaign for a new France—and the presidency, in 2007. Though at nearly 300 pages, it’s more doorstop than beach read, Sarkozy’s Testimony, which was released last week, is already a bestseller.
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