For only a few hours one night last week it appeared that U.S. presidential envoy Robert McFarlane had finally made progress in limiting the civil war in Lebanon. The fighting had erupted Sept. 4, minutes after the Israeli army evacuated the Chouf Mountains overlooking Beirut.
The most stinging criticism that Opposition Leader Brian Mulroney will aim at Pierre Trudeau in Parliament this fall will be gentle compared to the ordeal he underwent last week. For almost two hours the prime minister sat stoically in Room 308 of Parliament’s West Block while his Liberal colleagues, reeling from a troubling summer in their ridings, dissected his leadership.
Morley Callaghan, who turned 80 in February, this week publishes A Time for Judas, his 15th novel and 20th book. Some critics are calling it one of his most important works (page 60). It is certainly an unexpected turn in a career that has spanned 55 years and brought Callaghan international popularity and a wide range of honors, including the Governor General's Award.
Circling the Norwegian oil rig Treasure Scout, the helicopter hovers over the deceptively placid grey-green surface of the Barents Sea. The only sure thing about this vast body of arctic water, which the Norwegians share with their neighbor, the Soviet Union, is its savagery: as the warm waters of the Gulf Stream encounter temperatures that can plummet to -35°C, dense, freezing fogs give way to gales driving 60-foot waves in their path.By CHRIS MOSEY6 min
Left of the stage, a large painted hand reached boldly skyward. On the right, beyond the fingers’ grasp, was a tawdry purple moon made of sequins. As a crowd of 53,000 pressed into Exhibition Stadium on Sept. 3 for the first of David Bowie’s two Toronto concerts, the scene expressed the gap between reality and gaudy show business dreams.By David Livingstone6 min
U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz rarely shows such rage. The normally unflappable Shultz emerged from a meeting with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko in Madrid last week and denounced as “preposterous” and “totally unacceptable” the Soviet Union’s official explanation for its Sept. 1 downing of Korean Air Lines Flight 007.By Michael Posner6 min
Congratulations. Your dramatic cover and excellent cover story on The fury of the Philippines (Sept. 5) put one over on your main competitors in Canada, Time and Newsweek, who relegated the assassination story and analysis to second place.
Announced or not, Jesse Jackson is running for president of the United States, and it appears that powerful blacks are as distressed as their white counterparts. If Jackson were to prove stubborn or sufficiently egocentric or sublimely deluded—if for any combination of reasons he insisted upon making more than a symbolic run for the roses — well then, the thinking goes, the black vote would be split, a conservative would triumph at the Democratic convention, liberals would defect, and Ronald Reagan would awake from one of his frequent naps to find himself president once again.By Fred Bruning5 min
As the Vietnam War raged in Southeast Asia from 1964 to 1975, the battle cry, “Hell, no, we won’t go,” echoed across U.S. campuses. Rather than fight an “unjust war,” tens of thousands of young American men, mostly draft dodgers and deserters, crossed the border into Canada.
The journalistic profession of the land is in turmoil. Usually mild-mannered reporters are snapping at each other at the press club bar, and television anchorwomen are making catty remarks about their deskmate’s hairstyle. Scribes are programming dirty words into each other’s video display terminals.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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