June 17, 1996



Nick Workman’s favorite program is The X-Men, a cartoon featuring mutant superheroes with names like Gambit, Rogue and Wolverine—the latter a misanthropic man-beast whose razor-sharp claws have a hair trigger. “I like the action,” says Nick.
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The showdown

Who should it be? As this Sunday’s presidential election approaches, Russians seem more divided, more unsure, than at any time since the collapse of the Soviet Union five years ago. Should they proceed with the wrenching social changes initiated by President Boris Yeltsin—or return to the communist past under leading challenger Gennady Zyuganov? Arguments over Russia’s future have split cities, towns and villages, right down to individual families.
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The Mail

Robert Friedland may well be “Canada’s next billionaire,” as your article claimed (Cover, June 3), but the mother lode he struck at Voisey’s Bay, Labrador, is not his but belongs to the Inuit and Innu of Labrador. No treaty has so far been made between them and the Canadian government.


Kenneth Chambers is an inveterate Arctic traveller. The 71-year-old zoologist, who retired in 1990 as chairman of the education department for New York City’s American Museum of Natural History, first ventured north in 1967, spending three months studying and photographing wildlife in south-central Alaska.
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A new tune in Quebec City

In Lucien Bouchard’s version of events, it was a mere temporary lapse, the result of fatigue at the end of a gruelling three-day visit to the United States. It prompted him to deny in public what had taken place in private during separate conversations with four state governors.
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No small beer

From the moment he launched his Guelph, Ont., brewery in 1988, John Sleeman has traded shamelessly on his ancestors’ ties to the beer industry. In his office near the company’s copper brewing kettles, he keeps what he claims is his family’s original beer recipe book, a faded 19th-century volume given to him by his aunt Florian in 1984.
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Wrestling with bigotry

He is one of the most compelling villains in literature—but he is also a Jew, and from that fact centuries of controversy have flowed. Ever since Shylock first took up his knife to carve a pound of flesh from the chest of his debtor, Antonio, Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice has been a lightning rod for anti-Semitism and the forces that oppose it.
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Manning at the cr ossroads

The contradiction in a seven-year veteran of the House of Commons taking aim at “politicians” as though they were a different species, seemed to be lost on 1,200 Reform Party of Canada delegates assembled in one of Vancouver’s largest convention halls. To them, Grey is a grassroots hero: the party’s first elected MP.
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Politics in the belly

Politics in Israel is usually conducted at a shout. Four days after Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu squeezed his way past Shimon Peres to become Israel’s new prime minister, hundreds of his Likud party followers gathered in a Jerusalem convention centre to pay thunderous homage to the man who brought them back to power.
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