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2016 Took And Took And Gave

The gifts of 2016 weren't sweetly wrapped in chic silver bows beneath a popcorn-trimmed tree. Rather its gifts were hiding under piles of muck, mire, and metaphorical dirty diapers. 2016 made us work for its rewards; an ongoing dichotomy. Low meeting high. Pain meeting beauty. Injustice meeting a renewed fervour for truth.
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The E.U. Needs to Stop Dangerous Trade Deals

We Canadians are writing to you, the Socialists, New European Left, and Greens, because you have the power to stop these dangerous trade deals. With this type of trade agreement, we have a choice: Do we accept rising inequality, unchecked corporate power, and lowered social and environmental standards, allowing the one per cent to become richer at our expense, or do we draw a line in the sand?
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Popes and Politicians Alike Need a Hand These Days

Immediately after Pope Francis became the leader of the world's 1.2-billion Catholics this week, he prayed for guidance. And it's little wonder. He is the newly elected CEO of the Vatican. The United States, despite a currency mantra of "In God We Trust," has also been forced to undergo serious soul-searching following its 2008 fiscal catastrophe.

Brussels and Berlin: One Is Not Like the Other

The two different types of siege may be taking the worlds of Brussels and Berlin -- eventually -- to the same destination. However, the journey is a perilous one. Brussels will continually be under short-term pressure, to help what Berlin sentiment refers to as the Club Med countries. Berlin, alternatively, may be so fixated on the long-term that the EU or the Eurozone as we know it will be hollowed out.