The elegant 19th-century Grand Hotel in the English Channel resort of Brighton was bustling with activity even though it was the middle of the night. In the lobby about 200 revellers were returning to their rooms from a formal ball marking the annual fourday conference of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party.
My blood boils at the thought that we are about to return to the Dark Ages (“Hanging,” Cover, Oct. 8). Why should we bring back a debate on capital punishment just because some policemen were shot and killed? Why don’t we also ask for the death penalty for the policemen who killed an innocent man in Rock Forest?
It was to be Orwell’s year, but 1984 in Canada has been the Year of the Conservative Politician. At the federal level Canadians witnessed the final departure of Pierre Trudeau, the spectacular flameout of John Turner and the triumphant arrival of Brian Mulroney.By Robert Miller6 min
The most immediate interest was among the fishing fleets of Nova Scotia and New England, anxious to learn at last what spans of coastal ocean would be theirs. But the impact of a world court decision dividing the waters into national economic zones would be felt far beyond the fish wharves of Lunenberg, N.S., or Narragansett, R.I.By Gillian MacKay6 min
The incident rivetted the hopes, fears and prayers of Americans for more than a year. On Nov. 4, 1979, Iranian Islamic militants took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. They confined more than 50 Americans to the embassy compound and seized bundles of diplomatically sensitive documents.By DAVID BEHRENS6 min
The Italian art community was rocked to its foundations last month when amateur forgers admitted that they had created three sculptures which prominent experts had attributed to the early 20th-century artist Amedeo Modigliani. Then, on Sept. 6, a magistrate in La Bisbal, a town near Salvador Dali’s home, began an investigation into a fire at the Spanish painter’s 12th-century castle in Gerona province amid renewed rumors that aides of the ailing 80-year-old surrealist have manipulated him into forging and selling lithographs over his signature.
Throughout his often-troubled 13year term as premier of Ontario, William Grenville Davis has been the living embodiment of the contradictions inherent in the label “Progressive Conservative.” Since he assumed power in 1971, Davis has glided back and forth, from issue to issue, across the broad centre of the political spectrum that Ontario’s ruling Tories have occupied for more than four decades.By ROBERT MILLER5 min
Admiring editors at the mass-circulation West German weekly magazine Stern used to call ace reporter Gerd Heidemann Die Nase (The Nose) because of his uncanny ability to sniff out scoops. But despite Heidemann’s news sense and 30 years experience as a reporter, he is now the central figure in one of the greatest hoaxes in journalism.By David North5 min
Five years after the French government deposed Central African Republic ruler Jean-Bédel Bokassa in a bloodless coup, the former despot and alleged cannibal now lives the life of a country gentleman outside Paris. Bokassa, 63, rarely strays from the grounds of Hardricourt Castle, a sprawling 19th-century mansion near Menucourt, a small town 50 km west of Paris.By PETER LEWIS5 min
U.S. automakers say they have begun designing vehicles more to the liking of Yuppies—young urban professionals—and one can only imagine what such cars will look like. We may be heading in America for a time when hubcaps are quiche-shaped and wicker chairs replace bucket seats.By Fred Bruning5 min
Philip Kives, the blunt-spoken president of K-tel International Inc., is unaccustomed to financial setbacks. Since founding the Winnipegbased mass merchandising firm in 1962, 54-year-old Kives has built it into a worldwide empire, best-known for the brash, high-voltage television commercials it uses to sell everything from records to kitchen gadgets and videogames.
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