During the Christmas season, thousands of once-a-year Roman Catholics again made their annual pilgrimage to midnight mass. And if they found comfort in the familiar feel and smell of a crowded church on a winter night, they undoubtedly noticed changes, too.By Susan Riley18 min
During the heady days of the late 1970s, Canada and Spain were locked in ferocious competition for a sizable contract with a South American country. In a bid to clinch the deal, the king of Spain telephoned the awestruck president of the republic to chat about the benefits of the Spanish tender.By Mary Janigan8 min
The community of Ofra lies nestled between sun-baked, stone-strewn hills, some 30 minutes’ drive southeast of Jerusalem, just past the bustling Arab market town of Ramallah. Its prefab, concrete slab houses— modest but comfortable—stretch out in rows behind barbed wire fences and a guarded iron gate.By Robert A. Manning6 min
Regarding your Canada article Little House on the Prairie (Dec. 20): we are very thankful that people such as Roy and Jean Luyendyk devote all their time, prayer and energy to taking care of forgotten and unwanted children. In this world of hate and destruction it is a wonderful thing to know that somebody cares.
The biggest Christmas tree in Nova Scotia last month weighed nearly 10,000 tonnes, towered 12 storeys over Halifax Harbour and glowed under an inverted cone of lights in the night sky. To the big oil companies, the semi-submersible drilling rig John Shaw, temporarily in the harbor for servicing, is another major chip in the gamble for offshore gas.By Michael Clugston5 min
In the modest house on a quiet Tucson, Ariz., side street, the pink curtains are always drawn. Two Guatemalan families lead a cramped, fearful existence inside, leaving surreptitiously only to fetch groceries or go to work. Yolanda and Antonio, one couple, have been on the run since last January, when a squad from the Guatemalan Pacific Naval Base raided their small town.
Generous and wise as it is wide and open, Texas has bestowed upon the American people what for too long we lacked: a sophisticated, superbly modern, truly decent means of thinning the prison population. With tubes, chemicals, sterile syringe and—most important—with enormous discretion, authorities at the Walls Unit of the Texas department of corrections in downtown Huntsville recently put Charlie Brooks Jr. to sleep.By Fred Bruning5 min
Detractors of the peace movement have long insisted that it is riddled with idealists who know little of the realities of war. But, when a new group of peace activists meets in Vienna later this month, the calls for disarmament may well be drowned out by the clanging of war medals.
Appropriately, the talks began in an atmosphere of siege. As Israeli and Lebanese delegates met to discuss the withdrawal of Jerusalem’s invading army, the Lebanese Beach Hotel at battle-scarred Khalde, south of Beirut, was sealed off by hundreds of Israeli and Lebanese troops on land and by the U.S. Sixth Fleet at sea.
The most droll facts are those concealed within the most formal pronouncements. The mask of protocol disguises the giggles behind the stiff facade. Those with a fey sense of the world recognized such a gem last week in China sending a congratulatory message to Moscow on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Soviet state.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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