With his thick glasses and high forehead, he looks like an academic who has spent the night poring over his books. But, for the past 15 years, as chief of the Soviet Union’s dreaded KGB security empire, Yuri Andropov has masterminded one of the most ruthless and wide-ranging crackdowns on intellectuals, dissidents and other nonconformists since the Stalinist purges.
When explorer Ebenezer Bryce took a good look at southwest Utah for the first time in 1875, he noted, “Well, it’s a hell of a place to lose a cow.” It was, and is, a land of red clay, sagebrush, cactus, high hills and carved valleys. It is also a hell of a place for a $2-billion lawsuit against the government of the United States, a lawsuit likely to test, among other things, what right a government has to deceive its people about the effects of radiation from atomic tests.By Walter Stewart9 min
Following in the footsteps of Margaret Trudeau, her flamboyant predecessor, Maureen McTeer, wife of Opposition Leader Joe Clark (prime minister for a fleeting nine months in 1979’80), has written a book. Entitled Residences, it is a history of the three official homes of Canada’s leaders—the prime minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Drive, his summer home at Harrington Lake and Stornoway, the home of the Opposition leader.
We are two for two. We deliver.” With those words, American space shuttle astronaut Joseph Allen announced to the world last Friday that the gleaming Anik C 3 satellite had successfully sprung from the Columbia’s cargo bay. To the strains of the sound track from 2001: A Space Odyssey, pumped into the cabin, the shuttle automatically fired the explosive bolts and springs that gently shunted Anik C from its aluminum cradle.
Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev’s tenacious war against the frailty of his own aging bulk—a war he had waged for years with the help of pacemakers, hearing aids, exotic healers and, mostly, sheer brute will—is finally over. Right up to his death last Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in Moscow, of heart failure at 75, he had never publicly acknowledged his faltering grip on power.By Val Ross8 min
The scene was a massive demonstration of union solidarity. A crowd of 5,000 striking Chrysler Canada workers packed into the local racetrack in Windsor, Ont., last week in what resembled a giant pep rally more than it did a union meeting. Busloads of supporters snarled traffic; throngs of demonstrators cheered; and rousing speeches blared through the air.
As a supporter of the CBC, I am most concerned about the programming cuts it has announced to meet its current cash-flow shortfall due to a drop in revenues (Open Season on the CBC, Media, Nov. 1). The programs that the CBC is cutting are among the best for both young and adult audiences alike.
If ever there was a death for which the world ought to have been prepared, it was Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev’s. For years the scent of the grave had clung to him, like a sturdy Russian coat. He was, said Western intelligence, chronically ill: cancer of the mouth, some suggested; heart disease, insisted others.By Michael Posner5 min
Albert Helmut Rauca is a 74-yearold German-born Canadian citizen who has lived peaceably in Canada for the past three decades. In June Canadian authorities began proceedings to have him extradited to West Germany, where he is accused of complicity in the murder of some 11,584 Jews in Lithuania during the Second World War.By Barbara Amiel5 min
Leaving the hypnotic grey North Atlantic behind, the Hawker Siddeley 748 slides toward the fogencrusted mountains of a fjord and begins its descent into Nuuk, Greenland. It has taken two hours for the Canadian airline, First Air, with its contingent of passengers and cargo of fresh meat, fruits and dry goods, to make the journey from Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island to Greenland’s capital—two hours and hundreds of years.
In recent years stories of police brutality have regularly bubbled to the surface in Toronto. Still, no matter how many lawyers and civil libertarians rallied to the side of the alleged victims, the charges were almost invariably based on the word of criminals—and denied by members of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force.By LINDA MCQUAIG5 min
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