Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas
Variety - With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas Day release of “The Interview.”
Police seek gunman after Central Texas TV meteorologist shot
Fox News - Authorities were searching for a gunman after a TV meteorologist was shot multiple times during an altercation Wednesday in a Central Texas TV station’s parking lot.
New York Gov. Cuomo moves to ban fracking
Fox News - New York officials on Wednesday moved forward with an effort to ban fracking across the state, citing excessive environmental and health concerns.
U.S. senator pledges to block efforts to normalize Cuba relations
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Marco Rubio said on Wednesday he would “make every effort” to block moves by President Barack Obama toward normalizing relations with the Cuban government.
Obama Announces U.S. and Cuba Will Resume Relations
New York Times - WASHINGTON — The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century after the release of an American contractor held in prison for five years, President Obama announced on Wednesday.
Latest World News
Toronto-bound flight diverted because of unruly passenger
TORONTO - A Toronto-bound Air Canada flight was diverted to Halifax Wednesday after a passenger allegedly assaulted two flight attendants.
Sydney siege may have been preventable, Australian PM says
Fox News - SYDNEY – Australia’s prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder.
Zimbabwe: The Conollys’ fight for their land - An update
Politics Web - Update regarding the illegal invasion and continued contempt of court by Dr Ray Ndhlukula (Deputy Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet) on Centenary farm; Dr Benedict Moyo (Chairman of the Matabeleland branch of Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers) on Boxwell farm; and Mr Ashton Ndlovu on Banovallum farm; in the District of Figtree (Bulilima), Matabeleland, Zimbabwe
Political and economic chaos in Zimbabwe
New Zimbabwe - WHENEVER I sit down to write this weekly letter, I am faced with a dilemma as to what I might say about the immediate situation in the country. I have often described watching the situation in Zimbabwe as like being an observer of a medieval clash between two armies in Europe a thousand years ago. The opposing forces gather on the hills overlooking an open valley and then move down to clash on the valley floor.
Latest News On ISIS and Radical Islam
From Sydney to Peshawar – Islamic extremists are civilisation’s common enemy
Spectator - Yesterday it was Sydney. Today it is Peshawar. Yesterday a coffee shop. Today a school. Yesterday a lone gunman. Today a gang of them. If anybody wondered about the global and diffuse nature of the challenge that Islamic fundamentalism poses, the last 24 hours have given another demonstration of the problem.
ISIS using bombs containing live SCORPIONS in effort to spread panic, in tactic used 2,000 years ago against Romans
Daily Mail - Militants fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq have unveiled their latest terror tactic - bombs containing hundreds of live scorpions designed to spread fear among their enemies.
Horror over deadly Sydney siege turns to anger
Daily Mail - Horror over a deadly siege morphed into anger Tuesday as leaders of a grieving nation demanded to know how a man with a violent criminal history slipped through the cracks and ended up in the downtown Sydney cafe where he took 17 people hostage.
Pakistani school slaughter as Taliban fighters massacred up to 130 children
A 10-year-old boy caught up in the Peshawar school massacre that saw over 130 killed has spoken of his dramatic escape from Taliban gunmen as bullets whizzed past his head - having seen two of his classmates shot dead in front of him.
Celebrities and tens of thousands of everyday Twitter users take to social media to show support for Muslim community
Daily Mail - Twelve hours after the Lindt Cafe hostage crisis in Sydney began to unfold, Australians have flooded social media with sentiments of solidarity and support of Muslims in the community.
Latest News from Ferguson, Missouri
BREAKING: Bad News for Officer Wilson
A group of black lawyers and judges appears to have it out for former Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson.
Saul Alinsky Lives in Ferguson
Front page - If the late Saul Alinsky—the America-hating godfather of community organizing—had fathered a black son, he’d look like Barack Obama. Obama has embraced, revered, and employed Alinsky’s philosophy and tactics of social revolution for decades.
MUSLIM thug arrested for threatening to murder Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, is also an ISIS supporter
WASHINGTON STATE: The FBI has arrested a Muslim man for making repeated threats against the life of Officer Darren Wilson, writing Facebook posts demanding, ‘We need to kill this white motha f***a and anything that has a badge on.’
Missouri Has Spent $11.7 Million Policing the Ferguson Protests (So Far)
The officers policing Ferguson, Mo., along with their guns and ammo, do not come cheap.
Police Investigate Possible Hate Crime in Bevo Neighborhood
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis police are investigating an alleged hate crime in the Bevo neighborhood early this morning that left a 26-year-old woman beaten.
Missouri white students told not to take part in Ferguson ‘die-in’ demonstration
The College Fix - Columbia, MO. — Organizers of a recent Ferguson protest at the University of Missouri requested “only people of color” take part in the event’s “die-in,” one element of a larger demonstration that prompted at least two classes to be shelved so students could participate.
‘Die-in’ protesters gather at City Hall prior to tree lighting ceremony
After holding a ‘die-in’ at 30th Street Station Wednesday, demonstrators moved to City Hall, the scene of tonight’s tree lighting ceremony, in protest of the decisions in Missouri and New York not to indict two white police officers in the deaths of two black men.
Ferguson Schools Let Students Leave to Protest in Streets—Without Notifying Parents
(CNSNews.com) - Hundreds of students were allowed to leave several high schools in Ferguson, Mo., Tuesday morning to protest in the city’s streets—a decision the school district made without notifying the children’s parents before or during the protest.
Latest News on China
4 Highly Toxic Chinese Foods That You Should Know About
Epoch Times - China is known for its lack of control and supervision of food products. It seems too often that we hear about ongoing food scandals, like the selling of tainted milk, the mixing of rotting meat with fresh meat, the re-use of gutter oil, and the production of toxic dog food… just to mention a few.
Beware of Fake Prescription Drugs Smuggled From China
Epoch Times - Drug gangs in the United States are moving to new markets, with the help of Chinese factories. Their new target is counterfeit pharmaceuticals, and their new victims are the vulnerable: cancer patients, the elderly, hospitalized children, and folks who otherwise can’t afford medication.
Chinese general gives out Mercedes filled with gold
Telegraph - A Chinese general handed out Mercedes cars packed with gold bars as part of a £3 billion corruption racket, it was claimed this week, as Beijing continued to promote its crusade against thieving Communist Party officials.
Chinese special mission aircraft cross Okinawa into West Pacific
IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly - China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is conducting an air-and-sea exercise into Pacific waters during the early part of December, with ships and aircraft transiting through international waters south of Japan’s Okinawa.
Latest News on Ebola and Infectious Diseases
Swiss trial of Canadian Ebola vaccine suspended due to unexpected side-effects
Canada.com - Swiss researchers have temporarily halted a clinical trial of a Canadian-made Ebola vaccine after seeing an unexpected side-effect in a few people who received the serum.
Half of B.C. designated avian flu control zone
Canadian Press - VANCOUVER - Half of British Columbia has been designated an avian flu control zone in an effort to limit the spread of the virus and reassure other countries that Canadian commercial poultry is safe.
Ebola ‘czar’ urges Congress to authorize emergency funding
Stars and Stripes - (TNS) WASHINGTON — The Ebola outbreak can only be successfully contained if the U.S. takes the lead and provides funding to fight the deadly virus at home and in West Africa, the man tapped to coordinate the federal government’s response to the disease said Friday.
Latest News on Border Crisis and Immigration
No way home: Illegal immigrants probably unable to travel under Obama’s plan
Washington Post - At rallies outside the White House promoting relief for illegal immigrants this year, banners and chants demanded, “No more divided families.” Undocumented protesters declared that if President Obama granted them protection, their first priority would be to go home to visit parents or children they had not seen in years.
Obama tries to reassure immigrants to register
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday tried to reassure immigrants that if they register under his new executive action they won’t be a priority for deportation in the future, while acknowledging another president could undo it all.
Obama Admits Amnesty Is For Many More Than 5 Million
Daily Caller - President Barack Obama told a group of illegal immigrants in Tennessee that his immigration-law rewrite means “you’re not going to be deported.”
Latest Military News
Germany receives first Leopard 2A7 MBT
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) handed over the latest version of the Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT), the Leopard 2A7, to the inspector general of the German Army, Lieutenant General Rainer Korff on 10 December at their Munich facility.
Bell-Boeing demonstrates V-22 forward-firing capability
The Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft has demonstrated a forward-firing capability, Bell Helicopter announced on 8 December.
RAN commissions first-of-class Canberra
IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly - The sealift capability of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has been dramatically increased by the commissioning of the 27,800-tonne landing helicopter dock (LHD) HMAS Canberra in Sydney on 28 November.