American President Barack Obama will not end his country’s wars in the Middle East after all. Obama campaigned for the presidency on a pledge to end America’s conflict in Iraq, and, shortly after his election, promised to pull all American troops from that country by the end of 2011.
IN THE SEASIDE resort of Bodrum, Turkey, there is a strip of pristine sand called Golden Beach. On Sept. 2, the Aegean Sea dumped a ghastly bounty on the sand: corpses from boats that had foundered in the treacherous water, their passengers fleeing Syria.
MEN WHO WANT to change the world eventually learn to accept all the many things they cannot change. A few keen observers of federal politics began speculating in the spring that Stephen Harper might call an election earlier than most people had expected.
Let us begin, against the mood sweeping much of the land, with a downer. The speech Justin Trudeau delivered on Monday night was long, 24 minutes long, three times as long as the concession his predecessor had just delivered four provinces to the west.
AND THEN THE Mike Duffy trial rose up and swallowed the campaign for a couple of weeks. In cell biology, the process is known as phagocytosis: a cell engulfs some foreign particle, ingests it, tucks it away in an internal sac. Bye-bye foreign particle.
Last August, Toronto family physician Nav Persaud watched with amazement—and some frustration—as Kim Kardashian accomplished with one Instagram post what he had been trying to do for years: Put klieg lights on a prescription drug for morning sickness in pregnancy.
BACK IN THE second week of April, the Liberal campaign team convened at the party’s offices on Metcalfe Street in Ottawa for a two-day meeting. “It was a brain download for the whole campaign,” somebody who was there recalled later. “Tour; digital; platform.”
PERHAPS IT IS not necessary to go into too much detail about the campaign’s home stretch. By now the trends were baked in, and all that remained was flailing. There was a lot of flailing. Trudeau lost Dan Gagnier, the most experienced man on his campaign, after Gagnier inexplicably wrote a memo advising a private business client on how to advance their interests with a new government.
ALL ZUNERA ISHAQ wanted to do was become Canadian. Born in Pakistan, she’d lived in Canada since 2008. Her understanding of her Sunni Muslim faith made the niqab that covered her face in public important to her. A citizenship judge approved her application in the last days of 2013.
In his sixth season at the helm of the Toronto Blue Jays, Montreal-born Alex Anthopoulos is tasting playoff baseball for the first time, in a city whose team had, until now, the longest playoff drought in professional North American sports (22 years).
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