"In Afghanistan, there’s an attack on a government building in Kabul so far with 47 confirmed killed. In China, there’s a new bid for a law on intellectual property amidst the trade war with the US and there’s a human rights lawyer who was on trial the day after Christmas."
"Whoever is directing this season of U.S. politics really needs to work on their pacing. After a few slow weeks in a row, this year is coming to an exciting end. Trump insists on a wall, actually brings home troops, and finally gets his military parade… right out of his administration. This is the last week in review."
After Jeremy Corbyn was thoroughly humiliated by the Prime Minister’s “pantomime” gag regarding this half-a-job, footage was taken of the opposition leader mouthing what looked like, “stupid woman” directed at May. This sparked hours of debate in the Commons about the appropriate response - Speaker of the House John Bercow did not witness the incident so could not make a judgment.
"This week on the Canadian News roundup we see bill C-76 on electoral reform passing, support for carbon tax from private businesses, and more."
Our healthcare laws could see a rapid change, end-of-year staff shake-ups continue in the White House, and another funding deadline means another shutdown threat....
"The May loyalists are seeing the result as an almighty victory that embarrasses the “extremist” Tory backbenchers hellbent on a “hard” Brexit. These Brexiteers do not share that opinion. They feel it is but further embarrassment for the PM."
"These are just four examples of how journalists have faced harassment, threats of imprisonment and even threats upon their lives for reporting injustices committed by government around the world. A free press is vital in ensuring governments remain accountable to their people. When journalists are not allowed to act independently and perform their jobs accurately, government corruption remains hidden from the public."
This weeks roundup will be full focused on China as its been the centerpiece of news this past week. An ex-Canadian diplomat, Michael Kovrig...
"This week on the Canadian news roundup: Violence breaks out at a protest in Ottawa over the Trudeau's plans with the U.N., China makes threats over the apprehension of Huawei executive, and the first ministers meeting resulted in... a whole lot of nothing."
"As the year closes, it’s no surprise to see shifting in the Administration, but it is interesting to see where it comes from."