Toughout his long life, Fidel Castro has frequently found himself in harm’s way. When he was 10 years old, he nearly died of peritonitis. As a student radical in the 1940s, he participated in a violent uprising in Colombia. He nearly died in the 1953 rebel attack on the Moncada military barracks in Cuba, and was almost killed by Cuban secret agents during his self-imposed exile in Mexico.By ISABEL VINCENT
Jay Leno knows a thing or two about cars. The late-night talk show host and avid collector boasts a garage full of classic vehicles. So when car dealers from across North America got together in San Francisco earlier this month for an industry conference, he was a natural choice to kick off the event.By JASON KIRBY
Q You were a speech writer for George Bush, and your last book offered a favourable appraisal of his presidency. Your new book, Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again, does not. Did you feel you had to eat crow publicly? A: Definitely there were four or five sentences in The Right Man that I wouldn’t write today.
The Alberta Tories have won 10 elections since 1971 and, on March 3, Ed Stelmach, one of the most uncomfortable, least confidenceinspiring Canadian politicians in recent memory, seems certain to win an 11th. If a talent like Stelmach can win Alberta, some ask, then what Tory could ever lose?By NICHOLAS KOHLER
AS A MOTHER OF TWO intelligent, handsome young sons who attend universities in Ontario, I have observed first-hand what can only be perceived as discrimination against the male gender when it comes to the promotion of post-secondary and graduate education in this country (“Maclean’s 2008 University Student Issue,” Cover, Feb. 18).
It has been cheered as a modern-day Model T and excoriated as a blight on the environment. Inarguably, the new “people’s car,” the Tata Nano from billionaire Indian businessman Ratan Tata, has changed the way the world’s second most populous country looks at the automobile.By BARBARA RIGHTON
On Sunday night, talk show host Jon Stewart, who routinely performs for about 1.5 million viewers, will face a TV audience of close to a billion people—and a salon of Hollywood royalty seated within spitting distance of the stage. The Daily Show’s fake news anchor hosted the Oscars once before, in 2006, and now he’s back after Ellen DeGeneres handled the chore last year.By BRIAN D. JOHNSON
What’s wrong with this picture? “Saying he is no longer healthy enough to hold office, Cuban leader Fidel Castro has announced he will not seek re-election after 49 years in power”—the Miami Herald. Hmm. Castro didn’t really have to “seek” re-election, did he?By MARK STEYN
He is a child prodigy who blossomed into a superstar among violinists, described by some as the David Beckham of his art. Born in Germany, violinist David Garrett made his debut at the age of 10, playing a solo in front of the Hamburg Philharmonic.
Car company executives fell all over themselves at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month, trying to prove they were green, green, green, or at least inclined to lean that way sometime in the near future. They talked, talked, talked about biodiesel fuel, and hybrids and lithium ion batteries, but it’s all still theoretical.By BARBARA RIGHTON
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