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A year of rabble: 2016 edition

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Well, we've almost made it to the end of 2016. And boy, was it one for the record books. At rabble.ca, we followed the events from a turbulent year and covered the issues that matter to progressives.

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Capturing this turbulent year: 16 stories of 2016

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It was a turbulent year for Canada and the rest of the world.

Donald Trump won the 2016 U.S. presidential elections on a platform that critics say was based on xenophobia and “making America great again.” The United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union. The conflict in Syria intensified further, with innocent civilians being the target of horrific violence in Aleppo and other parts of the country. A coup attempt in Turkey, as well as multiple attacks in cities across the world added to these difficult times. 

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The year that was: Collective wisdom from rabble columns in 2016

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Make no mistake. It was a challenging year for progressives and everyone working for a better world. There was a lot in 2016 to break our hearts, test our resolve -- even turn our understanding of the world as we know it upside down. Fortunately, rabble's columnists were there, every step of the way, to bring perspective to everything -- the good, the bad, and the dumpster fire -- that happened in 2016. Here, we look back at the year that was through the eyes of our columnists, who brought their collective wisdom and insight to the year's events. From the fight against C-51, to climate justice, to electoral reform, to (shudder) the rise of Trump, rabble.ca columnists examined the issues that mattered to you.

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| December 23, 2016

The year in your ear: Instant replays from the rabble podcast network

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And what a year it was. Coming off of the maddening, disappointing and very scary U.S. election, it's too easy to look back and wish that we could have just fast-forwarded from December 31, 2015 right to January 1, 2017. 

But that's not the whole story. In many ways it was also a really good year. Admittedly, we have to work a little harder to lift our spirits in this holiday season than in other years. But we know that rabble listeners and readers know that these things happen in cycles. Better days are ahead. 

There's lots of work for us to do in the New Year to help restore this planet to health and happiness. But for now, take a break and have a listen to some of our faves.

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| December 20, 2016

2016 marked a year of self-discovery and grand change for technology

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A lot shifted in 2016 -- our perception of who we are, what we share, how smart we want our devices to be, and what truth and news really are. It was a little like waking up in a Black Mirror episode.

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The year in technology: Change is good-ish

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This past year in technology has been as busy as Donald Trump's Twitter feed. It feels like everything shifted on us: news, ports, emojis, bots, virtual reality and mainstream media.

Let's start there.

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GroundWire

GroundWire | January 4, 2016: Year in review 2015

January 4, 2016
| Community Radio News from Coast to Coast to Coast.
Length: 29:19 minutes (26.85 MB)
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