The high-level defections were a summer-long phenomenon, and for a change the most important traffic seemed to be westbound. One after another, in Athens, Rome and London, senior Soviet intelligence officers sought sanctuary in the capitalist world, apparently triggering an exodus of compromised West Germans as well as a series of diplomatic expulsions by Great Britain and the Soviet Union.By ROBERT MILLER, WILLIAM LOWTHER, PETER LEWIS, HILARY MACKENZIE11 min
Nestled amid palm and cypress trees, the Tunisian suburb of Hammam-Shatt was a quiet enclave of pastel-painted apartment buildings and villas south of the capital on the Gulf of Tunis. Then, on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 10:15 a.m., the noisy approach of jetplanes shattered the suburban calm.
The banquet was lavish and the dinner guests drawn from the cream of French society. In Paris’s elegant 18th-century Elysée Palace, home of French President François Mitterrand, Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev rose to propose a toast.
Since June, 1984, when he narrowly lost the fiercely contested campaign for the leadership of the Liberal party to John Turner, Jean Chrétien, the Liberal member from Shawinigan, has kept a low public profile. Now, Chrétien combines his role as opposition critic for external affairs with practising law one day a week in Toronto.By JEAN CHRETIEN7 min
Unlike the eccentric, plodding George Smiley in John le Carré’s spy novels or the dangerously high-flying M in Ian Fleming’s James Bond books, Thomas D’Arcy Finn seems to be a perfectly ordinary man. Finn is the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the new counterespionage agency that was created 15 months ago—amid political demands for civilian control—out of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
In the Yukon politics is an intensely personal game played with small teams on a vast field covered with spruce trees and mountain peaks. Because of that, elections in the Yukon can be decided by a handful of voters in the territory’s 16 ridings.By ANDREW NIKIFORUK6 min
The umbrella gun fires a poison pellet that kills its victims within hours. The microphone implanted surgically in the chest monitors an agent’s every conversation. The camera as small as a cigarette lighter snaps pictures of unsuspecting subjects.By WILLIAM LOWTHER6 min
The island is best-known for one of its former summer residents —U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. But Campobello is a small Canadian island less than a quarter of a mile off the coast of Maine, a wooded, windswept footprint of land where 1,490 inhabitants, many prosperous fishermen and their families, live in peaceful seclusion.By CHRIS WOOD5 min
Pennant fever brings out the best in baseball players. Often it brings out the worst in the fans. Consider this vignette from a recent Toronto Blue Jays home game. Two are out in the third inning; the Blue Jays against the Boston Red Sox. The Blue Jays lead the American League East and the world.By Charles Gordon5 min
As roughly 9,000 international bankers and finance ministers—including Canada’s Michael Wilson—prepared to gather at the Seoul Hilton Hotel in South Korea this week, they faced the formidable issue of finding ways to lift the burden of a $950-billion (U.S.) debt load from the shoulders of the poorest nations on earth.
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