December 28th: Looking Back

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Last week, the world witnessed a series of Islamic terrorist attacks, killing dozens of innocent people:

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Candice Malcolm: The fall and rise of communism

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

This week marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the collapse of the USSR.

On December 25, 1991, then Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev resigned, and the hammer and sickle flag was lowered over the Kremlin for the last time.

It was a peaceful, subdued end to a terrifying chapter in human history.

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Canadian politics 2016: The year in 12 chapters

John Geddes returns with his annual month-to-month look back at Canada’s national affairs (Macleans)

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Power & Politics: Top 5 political blunders of 2016

All it takes is the fumble of a football or an unfortunately timed high-pitched scream to derail a political career. So what were the most cringeworthy moments of 2016? CBC News Network's Power & Politics has combed through this year's archives to bring you some of the political highlights of 2016. Today, we turn our attention to the top political blunders of the year. The Power Panel — Tim Powers and Lindsay Doyle of Summa Strategies, Ian Capstick of MediaStyle and the Huffington Post's Althia Raj — helps Rosemary Barton count down the political pratfalls. (CBC)

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Canadians want Trudeau to stand up to Trump, but welcome a visit: Nanos poll

Most Canadians want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stand up to Donald Trump as a champion of progressive values and the international order, even if it strains Canada-U.S. relations, according to a new poll from Nanos Research Group. A majority of Canadians also want Mr. Trudeau to invite Mr. Trump to first visit Canada, as is tradition for an incoming president, the poll says. (Globe and Mail)

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Canada limits the number of privately sponsored Syrian refugee applicants in 2017

Private sponsors are scrambling to raise funds and complete applications for Syrian refugees after the Canadian government revealed that in 2017 there will be cap of 1,000 new applicants under a particular type of private sponsorship. Private refugee sponsorships aren't all the same: there are larger groups known as sponsorship agreement holders (SAH), and smaller groups in which individuals come together to be community sponsors, also known as a "group of five" sponsorships. "We are in shock and dismay," said Canadian sponsor Vania Davidovic. (CBC)

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Candice Malcolm: Christians are persecuted around the world

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Christians are under attack around the world. While Christians in Canada are peacefully observing and celebrating Christmas, many others around the world aren’t granted this basic freedom.

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Berlin market suspect killed in Milan

A man killed in a shootout with police in Milan early Friday is the main suspect in the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people, according to Italy's interior minister.  "The man killed was without a shadow of doubt Anis Amri," Marco Minniti told reporters. Minniti gave very few details, saying investigations were still in progress. He added that there could be "future developments."  According to the Italian news agency ANSA, the shootout with Amri took place at 3 a.m. local time in Milan's Sesto San Giovanni neighbourhood during a routine police check, (CBC)

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Candice Malcolm: Are we close to global war?

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Are we heading toward another World War?

As tensions rise around the globe, from Europe to Syria to China, it’s starting to feel like we are on the cusp of an unstoppable catastrophe.

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Government’s plans aimed at preventing anti-globalization backlash, Trudeau says

Justin Trudeau says his government’s focus on bolstering the middle class is aimed at insulating Canada from the kind of populist rage that is fuelling political upheaval elsewhere around the globe. And affordable housing will be central to his approach in the coming year. In a year-end roundtable interview with The Canadian Press, the prime minister acknowledged that Canadians are not immune to the anxiety that is fuelling anti-globalization, anti-trade, anti-immigration and anti-government sentiment around the world. (Toronto Star) (Huffington Post) (Macleans)

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