THE URBAN CAMOUFLAGE is pretty convincing—baggy jeans and sneakers, hooded sweatshirts, knit caps to cover close-cropped hair—but there’s no mistaking the occupation of the college-aged men and women who are sipping pints of Airborne Ale or Regimental Red in this pub in downtown Fayetteville, N.C. They swagger when they cross the room, stand too straight at the bar, and address strangers as “sir.” And even as they listen to the local bands pump out Hendrix riffs and reggaefied versions of Bob Dylan chestnuts, their minds are fixed on faraway places.
FRIDAY MORNING: I arrive at Toronto’s National Trade Centre for the NDP leadership convention, a copy of Anthony Giddens’ The Third Way in hand. Giddens is the bible of modernizing leftists, he’s Tony Blair’s guru. A recent Toronto Star editorial asked, “If the Third Way style of social democracy, best portrayed by British Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, works in Europe, why not try it here?” OK, why not?By RICK SALUTIN
CANADIAN DOCTORS Eric Hoskins and Samantha Nutt have worked extensively in war zones. The married couple recently joined the 10-member International Study Team, funded by more than 20 Canadian non-governmental organizations, to comprehensively assess the humanitarian impact a new war may have on Iraqi children.By ERIC HOSKINS, SAMANTHA NUTT
While America has made a lot of mistakes, it has also done a lot of good (“The New New World Order,” Cover, and “Consequences of War,” Editor’s Note, Jan. 27). Nobody but America destroys an enemy and then goes in and builds it up again. No country comes close to sending out the billions of dollars of aid that we do.By JOHN GAYDER
AS THE FIRST OUTSIDER in 67 years to be appointed Bank of Canada governor, David Dodge has brought a new openness to that often-crusty institution. The former finance department mandarin—the architect of the GST—makes it a point to keep Canadians abreast of bank thinking.By DAVID DODGE
THE SLUMS OF RIO, the bars of Saigon, the Berlin Wall. These are the respective settings for City of God, The Quiet American and The Tunnel, three period movies about undeclared wars. They’re all dramas of divided cities. They all bear the tattoo of authenticity that comes from being shot on location in places still scarred by the stories they tell.By Brian D. Johnson
OUTSIDE a three-storey house in Baghdad, 30 unkempt soldiers and a handful of senior officers were engaged in a noisy debate. In preparation for war, and possible street fighting in the capital, some Iraqi troops are being moved off their bases and into civilian buildings.
NO MATTER WHAT subject was under discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Swiss mountain village where the world’s elite gather annually to trade lies and secrets, one topic dominated the concerns of its 2,356 delegates: the impending war in Iraq.By Peter C. Newman
MOSES ZNAIMER has dozens of TVs in his Toronto home, but on this particular January afternoon, not a single one is turned on. The groundbreaking broadcaster is known to prefer the glow of television screens to conventional lights. But on Jan. 1, Znaimer began a three-month sabbatical as president/executive producer of ChumCity.
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