The effect was electrifying. Immediately after Dr. Steven Rosenberg announced the dramatic results of an experimental cancer treatment using the hormone Interleukin-2 (IL-2) last week, thousands of desperate people began telephoning the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.
Robert Bourassa said that his first visit in nine years to the beige-carpeted corner office of the Quebec premier in Montreal on the 17th floor of the midtown Hydro-Québec building last week “provoked a certain sense of déjà vu.” But once inside, Bourassa and his host, departing Premier Pierre Marc Johnson, swiftly got down to business.
She has never held political office; he has run the country unchallenged for 20 years. Her support is growing but untested; he commands a network of proven loyalists, whose reach extends into virtually every town and villlage. She is Corazon Aquino, 52, widow of the martyred opposition leader Benigno Aquino; he is Ferdinand Marcos, 68, president of the The Republic of the Philippines.By LIN NEUMANN
As sumptuous as holiday feasts, the season’s gift books appeal primarily to the senses. But their heavy paper stock, dazzling illustrations and sheer bulk often accompany texts rich in thought. Among this year’s bounty are gift books that also offer serious reading—or even practical applications for travellers, cooks and gardeners.By MARK ABLEY, JOHN BARBER, John Bemrose, ANGELA FERRANTE, PETER GIFFEN, PATRICIA HLUCHY, MARNI JACKSON, VAL ROSS, ANN WALMSLEY
The announcement led to a week-long political debate studded with acrimony and contradictory assertions. In Ottawa the Conservative government hailed the sale of de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd. to Boeing Co. of Seattle as a major benefit both to the federal treasury and to the frail Canadian aerospace industry.
The gunman appeared out of nowhere on a crowded street in the northern Philippines city of Bangued last week. Then he opened up with a swath of gunfire, killing Rafael Blanco, the vice-governor of Abra province, and wounding his bodyguard and lawyer.
Its founding fathers envisaged a united continent, rising from the ashes of the Second World War. Konrad Adenauer, the late chancellor of West Germany, dreamed of a vast common market. Jean Monnet, a French statesman, talked of Eurocitizens, ruled by a transnational government.
The parchment invitation imprinted with Time magazine’s logo described the Chicago event as part of a program to stimulate “discussion, debate and enlightenment.” Two previous performers in the U.S. newsmagazine’s distinguished speakers program had been President Ronald Reagan and the 1984 Democratic vice-presidential candidate, Geraldine Ferraro.By EHILARY MACKENZIE
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, the funny little guru with all those Rolls Royce automobiles, departed the United States abruptly last month after confessing that he had done some hocus-pocus with U. S. immigration laws. Resettled in the hinterlands of India, Rajneesh describes himself as a victim of religious persecution and vows never to return—good news for the folks in central Oregon who feel they endured quite enough of their former neighbor’s odd behavior.By Fred Bruning
Neil Postman is one of North America's leading social critics and media theorists. A professor of media ecology in the department of communications at New York University, Postman became a celebrity in 1969 when he published his best-selling book, Teaching as a Subversive Activity, a provocative critique of education in the age of television.
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