Mhani Alaoui’s “Dreams of Mariam Tair: Blue Boots and Orange Blossoms” is not always straightforward reading. Quite often in prompts such questions as “What’s happening here?” “Where are we now?” Where is this going?”
It is a tragedy when a 16-month-old boy drowns when he scrambles from his home and falls into a pond outside. His mother Carmen is hysterical in her weeping, his father Nikolai is taciturn and oddly bitter.
In the freshest of books marking the centennial of World War I, Dominic Lieven offers an explanation for the conflict that most western-oriented historians have ignored: “The war was first and foremost an eastern European conflict.”
THE CONSERVATIVE REBELLION
The poor old League of Nations doesn’t get much attention, let alone respect, so it should be welcome when a historian takes the trouble to examine it.
World War I is the real villain in this mystery in which human frailty battles the inhumanity of gruesome armed conflict in France.
Stephen Harper became the 22nd prime minister of Canada on Feb. 6, 2006. The Conservative Party leader has focused his time and energies on important issues such as lower taxes, smaller government, fiscal responsibility and strong foreign policy measures.