He was too old and too ill, and his days in power were too few to justify any claim to greatness. And there was too much treachery and guile in his past to credit him with goodness. But the death last week of 69year-old Soviet leader Yuri Andropov dashed his 275 million comrades’ lingering hopes that he would become the great leader their troubled country so desperately needs.
Lebanon tore itself apart in a bloody civil struggle last week that U.S. guns and a four-nation peacekeeping force could not prevent. The capital had been ripped in half. Islamic militiamen, reinforced by 14,000 Lebanese Army deserters and backed by Syrian forces, had seized control of Moslem West Beirut.
Ever since the Reagan administration kept the press away from the initial stages of the Grenada mission last November, there has been much wailing and gnashing of typewriter keys by members of the fourth estate. The U.S. networks were apoplectic.By Barbara Amiel5 min
DIED: Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov, 69, of kidney and heart failure in Moscow (page 20). APPOINTED: Canadian National Railways Chairman Jack Horner, 56, the former Conservative MP who crossed over to the Liberals and a cabinet post in 1977; to a four-year term as administrator of the Prairie Grain Transportation Agency, at a salary of $90,000 to $100,000, effective March 1.
As the three federal political parties prepare for an election that may take place this year, most of them are devoting increased attention to a factor that is still basically an unknown quantity in Canada’s electoral process: the influence women voters, motivated by distinct concerns, can exert at the polls.By SUSAN RILEY5 min
When Yuri Andropov succeeded Leonid Brezhnev in November, 1982, he inherited 18 years of domestic stagnation. Social and economic problems at home ranged from rampant alcoholism and soaring divorce rates to successive crop failures and the escalating military budget’s drain on domestic resources.By ANN FINLAYSON5 min
Isaac Bashevis Singer is considered the world’s greatest Yiddish writer. His stories are filled with a wry eroticism that exalts the pleasures of the flesh and of the soul at the same time. The recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1978, Singer, 79, remains active, writing and teaching at the University of Miami during the winter and spending the rest of the year in New York City.
Peter tattoo Worthington on his left forearm, wears a fought huge in the Korean War and holidays by riding the backs of large sea turtles off the coast of Peru. He is a millionaire who still writes a newspaper column, plays softball and has eyes that burn with the intensity of the lighted end of a cigarette.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
Maclean’s: With Andropov dead and his successor yet to establish his position, and Reagan embroiled in his re-election bid, both Superpowers are effectively without strong leadership. Do you see this as a threat? Brzezinski: I have to register some disagreement with the underlying premise of the question.
Ten years ago Robert Bourassa, then Quebec premier, gave a speech in the Montreal riding of Westmount shortly after introducing legislation that made French the province’s only official language. Bodyguards surrounded him that night, and when he tried to speak the angry, predominantly anglophone audience booed him for curtailing their language rights.By Anthony Wilson-Smith4 min
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