Propaganda for Christmas

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Propaganda for Christmas

Propaganda for Christmas

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Lou Bailey pulls the leaflet from his stash of Korean War memorabilia—a box filled with photographs and mementoes of the seven eventful months the Iroquois, Ont., native spent driving supply trucks in the disputed territories of the Korean Peninsula almost 70 years ago.

“That’s what we got at Christmastime,” said Bailey, 92, handing over the one-page document.

On one half of the remarkably preserved paper is a now-famous David Douglas Duncan photograph of a dirty, miserable U.S. Marine huddled with his meagre rations against the cold of a winter near Chosin. On the other is a Rockwellian-style image of a happy family assembling around a table laden with Christmas turkey.


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Keeping the peace along the Suez Canal

Keeping the peace along the Suez Canal

Story by Sharon Adams

After decades of disagreement, Egypt nationalized and seized control of the Suez Canal in July 1956, sinking ships to plug the shipping route between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.

The canal had been regulated and operated under an international system since the Convention of Constantinople of 1888. The British considered the canal crucial, its closure an economic threat. France backed its ally Israel, whose cargo ships traversing the canal had been routinely searched and seized by Egypt.


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December 25, 1941

Hong Kong surrenders. Survivors face nearly four years in brutal Japanese prisoner of war camps.

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