December 31, 2012

National

The foundation of corruption

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A Chinese comic-tragic masterpiece

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National

The foundation of corruption

Allegations of kickbacks in the construction industry and illegal political financing have shocked Quebec. The inside story of the man at the centre of the storm.
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A Chinese comic-tragic masterpiece

Plus the life of Joseph P. Kennedy, the Nazis’ culture wars, the private lives of pharaohs, a new novel by Peter Høeg and the killing of Osama bin Laden
Letters 67

Letters

Thanks for your editorial on the “post-familial” world we’re living in (“Are we facing a future without families?” From the editors, Dec. 17). This past summer, a friend of mine had her 10th child, a boy, healthy and surrounded by caring siblings in a house they all help to run.
On founding a political party for $26 million— and tackling corruption in Austria 2021
Interview

On founding a political party for $26 million— and tackling corruption in Austria

HE IS CANADA’S foremost rags-to-riches story: a poor Austrian immigrant who built a global auto parts empire through his sweat and determination. But even though Frank Stronach recently stepped down from the board of Magna International, the firm he founded in 1957, he is far from retired.
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The key to survival

A new wave of young musicians is promoting the pipe organ—no hymns, no religious baggage
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Business

Does Wii have a problem?

Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft are struggling to reinvent video games as touchscreens and tablets take over the living room
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This week

Newsmakers

Berlusconi returns to the political ring, Chávez takes leave, and Christine Sinclair gets her due
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International

AL-QAEDA RISING

Islamist terrorists spread chaos and fear in Africa while the West dithers
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International

HUGH TO THE RESCUE

The romcom star is now a crusader for regulation of Britain’s rowdy press
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Opinion

WE MEAN IT. EXCEPT WHEN WE DON’T.

THE OTHER DAY Stephen Harper’s government announced it will support an NDP bill that will require officers of Parliament to be fluent in French and English. “Our support for this bill,” said Industry Minister Christian Paradis, “sends a clear message that the promotion of the two official languages, now more than ever, guides the actions of the federal government.”
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