Josef Stalin, the 20th century’s monument to irreligion, once expressed his disdain for the power of God in a single-sentence sneer. “The Pope,” he spat, “how many divisions has he got?” At the time—1935, and the height of his power—the Soviet dictator’s words seemed callous but strangely appropriate.By Val Ross13 min
In the antiseptic laboratories of pure research, where it’s so often assumed that science handles the truth with rubber-gloved integrity, a strange virus has set in. Known as scientific fraud, it has triggered an escalating series of scandals that have ruined brilliant careers and weakened public faith in the previously inviolate discipline,most often in the competitive and glamorous field of cancer research.By Brian D. Johnson12 min
The gloom around the table was so thick you could cut it with a spoon. When the Maclean’s Panel of Economists met as the year ended, the seven members (see box) discovered there was a unique unanimity: Canada is mired in a recession and will stay stuck there until spring.By Roderick McQueen9 min
DIED: Newspaperman Martin Goodman, 46, of cancer, in Toronto. A prolific reporter and exacting administrator, Goodman started in newspapers at the age of 16. He rose rapidly at the Toronto Star from a reporter at age 23 to managing editor 10 years later and, ultimately, in 1978, to president and chief operating officer.
Each year, Spain's sherry barons throw a wingding to celebrate the grape, harvest. This year was no different. With 500 million L of wine in the cellars, the growers of the Jerez region were up to their ears in the heady beverage. Last fall, the town of Jerez de la Frontera in southwest Spain resounded with festive celebration as rich and poor indulged in a barrage of drinking, dancing and singing.By David Baird5 min
Watching the great Gretzky, or reading about his latest little miracle, some people think of the ancient Broadway delight Damn Yankees. There is this fat old real estate salesman in Washington listening to the radio as his beloved ball club, the Senators, is dismantled by the Yankees.By Trent Frayne5 min
Haim Druckman is a new kind of rabbi. He is a fanatic, remarkably controlled, low-key and methodical. His every day is consecrated to one aim—building a new generation of Zionists to protect Eretz Yisrael, the ancient land of Israel. To this end he juggles roles as teacher, cleric, politician and protester.By Eric Silver5 min
The proponents of Canada’s new charter of rights may, in it, see utopia but, in my opinion, they have been beguiled, for there’s little doubt that the charter, as it now stands, could lead to utter disaster for law and order. In effect, it abolishes parliamentary supremacy and empowers judges to override our elected representatives whenever their decisions are based on the charter.By Douglas Mackintosh5 min
Canada has enjoyed more than its share of distinguished poets who have made their name in apparently unpoetic fields: diplomats such as R.A.D. Ford and Douglas V. LePan, civil servants such as Duncan Campbell Scott, journalists such as Alden Nowlan.By MARK ABLEY5 min
By any standard, it was a bitter Christmas in Poland. As underground Solidarity leaflets spoke of the brutal suppression of protest in half a dozen centres—six people were reported killed in Gdansk alone—many of Silesia’s miners ended their long underground protest against the imposition of martial law.
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