U.S. and French servicemen were still scraping futilely through rubble searching for the bodies of their friends when a Condition One alert sounded at the U.S. Marine base at Beirut International Airport last week. Soldiers from the Eighth Marine Battalion scrambled into sandbagged bunkers or crouched behind antitank guns trained on the compound’s gates.
The helicopters left just before dawn. Carrying U.S. marines and paratroopers in full combat gear, the olive-green aircraft swirled off the tarmac at Barbados’ Grantley Adams International Airport, whirling off into the humid Caribbean night.
B.C. Premier William Bennett bamboozled you (British Columbia boils over, Cover, Oct. 17), and you missed the point of the protests against the Socred government excesses. You neglected to mention the drastic cuts to public education, the centralization of control and the increase in grants to private schools.
The vast grey hulk of the U.S. battleship New Jersey, at anchor off the coast of Lebanon, seems appropriately symbolic. The age of gunboat diplomacy has returned. The ship was taken out of mothballs and rehabilitated at vast cost. Its 16inch guns are capable of hurling a ton of explosive steel at a target 30 km away.By Harold Jackson7 min
"When Maurice Bishop died,” said 30-year-old cab driver Donald McQueen, “half of Grenada died.” McQueen was my guide last Saturday for a 38-km journey through the horrible and strange ecstasy of the Grenadian war. From the tiny village of Sautere near the northern coast, where I landed after a harrowing 6-½hour midnight crossing of the Caribbean ocean from St. Vincent in a 22-foot motor boat, down the tortuous, post-holed coastal road to St. George’s, I got a rare glimpse into the end of the late Prime Minister Maurice Bishop’s stormy reign and the start of a new and uncertain era in the island’s history.
Pierre Trudeau has once again thrown himself into an attempt to rescue deteriorating EastWest relations. But his plans remain far less clear than his purpose. In a carefully staged and promoted speech at the University of Guelph last week, the Prime Minister commented on the slide from détente into a dangerous nuclear standoff.By John Hay6 min
Leo Robert, president of the Société franco-manitobaine, tried to put a brave face on the decisive results of last week’s plebiscites in Manitoba. “We are not finished, no matter what anyone says,” the bearded teacher told cheering supporters.
The American presidential primaries are still several months ahead, but some observers are saying that the most important event of the 1984 campaign has already happened. It happened Oct. 21, the day a movie called The Right Stuff opened across the continent.By Charles Gordon5 min
It was intended as an all-Canadian broadcast policy, but in style and content it was pure Hollywood: equal parts dream-spinning and hardnosed accounting. Last week Communications Minister Francis Fox jetted to Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal to release a wide-ranging strategy bolstering independent producers and increasing Canadian content.By Val Ross5 min
In the dry ruins of Nafka, once a thriving city of 2,500 people in war-torn Ethiopia’s northern province of Eritrea, hundreds of gaunt peasants squat patiently in the dust. One by one, as a worker with the Eritrean Relief Agency calls out names from a long list, hungry men and women rise to have their empty sacks filled with sorghum grain.
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