May 24, 2010

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NATIONAL

A SOLDIER’S CHOICE

A military courtroom is not much different than the civilian version, except for a few distinct touches. When the judge shows up, everyone salutes. When a jury is chosen, the panel has five members, not 12. And when a witness is summoned to testily, he doesn’t walk to his seat.
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NATURE

VACATION FROM HELL

“You’re cursed now,” the Peruvian guide chided. Nakita Haining had just picked up one of dozens of skulls and bones strewn across ancient burial grounds in Peru when the guide offered this ominous message. She looked over at her travel partner Daryl Buchanan, who had done the same.
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INTERVIEW

Q: Is it fair to say the historical record shows that every real political development in the Arctic, every movement of people, every change of sovereignty, is rooted in climate change? A: Almost all of them, yes. Also I’m thinking of the sale of Alaska, new technologies, changes in outside world power.
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MOVE OVER, MOZART!

In Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical Company, a character sings about the pretentious things that alcoholic Manhattan snobs enjoy, including the cryptic plays of Harold Pinter and “perhaps a piece of Mahler’s.” That was the way many music fans saw Gustav Mahler, the Austrian composer-conductor who died in 1911: as a creator of bloated 80-minute symphonies that were mostly popular with poseurs.
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BUSINESS

THE CONTENT KINGS

Shaw Communications’ $2-billion purchase of Canwest Global Communications’ television empire is all about piping TV content over “multiple platforms”—cable, satellite, broadband Internet and wireless smartphones. But Peter Bissonnette, the president of the Calgary-based cable company, doesn’t want you to call it convergence.
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NEWSMAKERS

THIS WEEK

The Apache attack helicopter is a nasty piece of weaponry, bristling with rockets, a 30-mm machine gun and 16 Hellfire missiles. It may soon be in the hands of a member of the British Royal Family. Last week, Prince Harry got his wings from the colonel in chief of the Army Air Corps, who happens to be his father, Prince Charles.
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Not just their Big Fat Greek Funeral

From the Times of London: “The President of Greece warned last night that his country stood on the brink of the abyss after three people were killed when an anti-government mob set fire to the Athens bank where they worked.” Almost right. They were not an “anti-government” mob, but a government mob, a mob comprised largely of civil servants.
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MAIL BAG

I APPRECIATED the bluntness of Dr. Leonard Sax (Interview, May 10) in how to deal with the current rise in sexuality and anxiety problems with young girls. Too many parents do not want their children to be upset with them. Your kids will have many friends, but only one set of parents; you are depriving them of that when you do not fill your parental role by trying to be their friend instead.
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MEDIA

ROCKING THE GLOBE

Despite an edict by Globe and Mail editor-in-chief John Stackhouse, designed to limit gawking, that newsroom staff “only come in to the building if you must be on-site,” several senior managers, including Stackhouse himself, brought their kids in on Saturday to watch as the Globe’s guest editors—Bono and Sir Bob Geldof, pop stars from, respectively, U2 and the Boomtown Rats—stitched together the Monday edition.
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WORLD

BRITAIN’S HEADACHE

There are no short cuts on the long journey back from fiscal crisis—take it from someone who knows. Paul Martin was a rookie cabinet minister when he assumed the reins of Canada’s Finance Department back in 1994. But as a businessman, he understood a balance sheet, and the politician in him sensed the risk of promising half-measures.
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