August 1, 1983

The world of Alex Colville 4243

The world of Alex Colville

In August, 1945, young Canadian war artist Alex Colville spent a day’s leave at the Louvre in Paris. The war had ended and so had what he jokingly called his “Guggenheim fellowship in art”: the daily pen and watercolor sketching of battle-fields, blackened villages and, finally, the mass graves at the Belsen death camp that haunted his nights for years afterward.
The gathering clouds of war 1819

The gathering clouds of war

For the troubled nations of Central America, and for Washington, the week foreshadowed a showdown. Shooting broke out between patrol boats of U.S.-backed Honduras and leftist Nicaragua. Two U.S. frigates churned into waters off Nicaragua’s Pacific coast in a mute but eloquent threat of a potential U.S. blockade.
Greenpeace in Siberia 3637

Greenpeace in Siberia

For several days it was uncertain whether the latest Greenpeace venture would succeed in turning the world’s attention to the illegal killing of whales, or end as an unqualified fiasco. First, Soviet troops arrested six members of the unorthodox environmentalist group after the campaigners went ashore in Siberia to investigate suspected illegal whaling operations.
A crisis of mounting AIDS hysteria 67

A crisis of mounting AIDS hysteria

Charles (Chuck) Morris was lying in his hospital bed, wondering how much longer he would live, when he received a registered letter. It was an eviction notice from his landlord. “He said he was worried I might die in the apartment and get the place stuck in probate somehow,” recalls Morris.
The return of Kissinger 1617

The return of Kissinger

Six years after he stepped down as former president Gerald Ford’s secretary of state, Henry Kissinger returned to the corridors of power last week as President Ronald Reagan’s nominee to head a 12-man, two-party commission on U.S. policy in Central America.
The dispute over Israel’s withdrawal 2223

The dispute over Israel’s withdrawal

The call from Jerusalem lasted only five minutes. The conversation was cordial, but the message was plain: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin was cancelling his long-awaited visit to Washington for personal reasons. President Ronald Reagan accepted that decision, and the White House subsequently announced that the visit would be rescheduled.
In praise of sloth and stupidity 89

In praise of sloth and stupidity

A curious scene took place on CBS television news last week. The setting was the People’s Republic of China, and the occasion was a sale of U.S.-manufactured clothing in Peking. It was an inspiring sight: the reserved, diligent Chinese virtually doing one another in as they elbowed their way to get at jeans and printed blouses in this once-in-a-lifetime sale.
Brian Mulroney’s honeymoon 5657

Brian Mulroney’s honeymoon

As new party leader, Brian Mulroney conceded to a journalist fan that he had a weakness: “Thin-skinned, I would say. I’m trying to cure that, but I guess it’s still there.” His acute sensitivity to criticism is ironic, for no would-be politician I have known has been as persistent and persuasive in dealing with prominent reporters and columnists over many years.
William Lyon Mulroney lives 3435

William Lyon Mulroney lives

The Trudeau administration is caught in the classic trap of any democratic government whose mandate is running out: how to survive in office without the new blood and new ideas usually attracted to incumbent cabinets. The answer being hammered out in Ottawa this summer is for the Liberals to ride the economic recovery, aligning themselves at the same time with the kind of social issues (medicare, for example) that get votes.
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Potholes in the tour’s path

The Tour de France, an enormously popular sporting event, has traditionally been a promoter’s dream. Every July the world-famous bicycle race attracts front-page attention across Europe. An estimated 15 million spectators line its 5,000-km route, and another 100 million people watch daily televised coverage.
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