Let me give you some idea of the full-figured range of selfdefinitions an ordinary man can encounter on a daily basis at this late stage in the 20th century by telling you about the other day—just a few blissful Los Angeles days before the earth moved.By IAN BROWN7 min
Speeches from the throne are about as useless a tradition as the Parliament Hill functionary designated as Black Rod knocking on the doors of the Commons. But as last week’s debate illustrated, they do set the tone for things to come. True to themselves and their radically altered role in this new Parliament, the party leaders obliged by setting out their hidden and not-so-hidden agendas.By Peter C. Newman5 min
She escaped with her life, but little else. When Ruth Ellen Riddle leaped from a second-storey rooftop last April 19 to avoid the flames engulfing the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Tex., she had only the clothes she was wearing— a shirt and a pair of pants— and her Bible.By SCOTT STEELE4 min
Anyone who thinks the United States is not yet a mature nation— that it is too naïve to rate the serious consideration afforded European states—had better listen up, and listen up quickly. As 1993 expired, a sequence of disclosures proved once and forever that American government has acquired in a mere two centuries the knowhow and sophistication critical to running any massive bureaucracy—namely that Washington can prevaricate, dissemble, deceive, withhold and otherwise alter the truth with the most clever of its overseas elders.By FRED BRUNING4 min
Why doesn’t anything work any more? We are trying to fly from Toronto to Vancouver. The radio tells us that the fuel pipes at Toronto airport are frozen and there will be massive flight delays all day. We phone Air Canada and are assured that nothing is wrong.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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