In the Clinton era, Newt Gingrich was the most powerful Republican in the United States, leading his party to a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. He’s been out of office for the better part of a decade now, but he still packs a punch.By LUIZA CH. SAVAGE
Make no mistake, George W. Bush will not be remembered as one of history’s more eloquent statesmen. He’s overly fond of folksy talk, prone to making up words, and a frequent bumbler with syntax. Every once in a while, however, he demonstrates an admirable capacity to put complex problems into terms anyone can understand.By JONATHON GATEHOUSE
Majdel Balhis is among the dozens of small villages perched along the eastern mountains of Lebanon. The official population is 1,500, most of them Sunni Muslims. “It is like one big family,” says Abdulrazzak Madi, an Ottawa man who was born in the village, and whose brother is there right now.
Apparently there’s nothing quite so hot as having sex with a woman who has superpowers. She’ll throw you backwards onto the bed, rip your clothes off faster than a line cook peeling a shrimp, and make the earth move. Literally. In My Super Ex-Girlfriend, with Uma Thurman in charge, the bed doesn’t just bounce up and down.By BRIAN D. JOHNSON
To Newfoundlanders, Danny Williams is a Sun King shedding light on a land of once-dim prospects. To mainlanders, he is a Lear-like figure, raging against all comers—from big oil to the feds to a former Beatle—from the perch of his rocky throne.By NICHOLAS KÖHLER
Ousting leaders and replacing them with ones more friendly to American interests has been part of U.S. foreign policy for decades. It is one of the Bush administration’s overarching obsessions, first in Iraq, perhaps in Syria—and in Iran, as that country continues its push for nuclear weapons.By ADNAN R. KHAN
The outspoken Islamic activist who once campaigned for sharia law in Canada revealed an astonishing secret: he had worked as an RCMP informant within a group now accused of plotting terrorist acts in Toronto and Ottawa. Shaikh declared himself a defender of Islam, but also Canadian secular values.
A few weeks ago, and before the latest events in Lebanon, I was on the Plateau in Montreal, having dinner at the house of a Lebanese Canadian friend. He is an old lefty, a progressive middle-aged man, who like myself left for the West in the midst of the Lebanese civil war.By RAWI HAGE
When Alberta Premier Ralph Klein travelled to Washington last month and met with Vice-President Dick Cheney, he brashly suggested the beleaguered U.S. Republican party might find salvation in Alberta’s vast oil reserves. “It would be politically wise for him to travel to the oil sands,” said Klein, noting the trip would shift focus away from unstable oil countries in the Middle East, and toward a made-in-North America solution to dwindling world oil supplies.By COLIN CAMPBELL
One of the very very minor aftershocks of 9/11 was how bad the “good writing” was. I don’t quite know why you’d commission a novelist to say something about the Twin Towers, but The New Yorker made John Updike an offer he couldn’t refuse and he got to it.By MARK STEYN
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