SOMNIA - Spotlight on Military News and International Affairs

Saturday, 20 December 2014 - Updated at 1035 hrs EST

Canadian News

Canadian Commentary

International Commentary

Robert M. Sapolsky | The Wall Street Journal
The Spirit of the 1914 Christmas Truce

Mackubin Thomas Owens | The Weekly Standard
Some Faces of War: Brave men, flawed strategies in Afghanistan

Charles Krauthammer | The Washington Post Writers Group
Fighting the new national nightmare: The lone-wolf terrorist

Editorial Board | Chicago Tribune
‘The Interview’ may be the first casualty in a serious, new kind of war

Stephen Carter | Chicago Tribune
Smart decision by Sony to drop ‘The Interview’

Paul French | Thomson Reuters News
Relax, North Korea isn’t going to nuke the U.S. over a movie

Kent Harrington | Thomson Reuters News
How to pay North Korea back for Sony hack?

Adam Chandler | The Atlantic
Why the U.S. Can’t Punish North Korea

Max Boot and Sue Mi Terry | The Weekly Standard
The North Korean Menace

Paul Krugman | The New York Times
Putin’s Bubble Bursts

Editorial Board | Chicago Tribune
Why the West should squeeze Russia’s economy

Anatole Kaletsky | Thomson Reuters News
The reason oil could drop as low as $20 per barrel

Peter Hakim | Thomson Reuters News
U.S.-Cuba deal: What the two sides get out of it

Timothy Egan | The New York Times
Obama Unbound

Fred Barnes | The Weekly Standard
He Never Learns: Obama’s no-deal presidency

Editorial | The New York Times
The Embattled Dream of Palestine

Clark Strand | The New York Times
Bring On the Dark

Adrienne LaFrance | The Atlantic
The Anti-Plagiarism Machine

International News

The New York Times
Even Santa’s Bag Might Be Peeked Into

Thomson Reuters News
Syria policy stalled under the analyst-in-chief’s control

CBC News
Sony made a mistake in axing The Interview, Obama says

The Washington Post
Researchers discover security flaws that could let anyone hear your cell calls

Baltimore Business Journal
$120M in federal funding approved for USNA cyber center - More

The Atlantic
How the World Changed in 2014

The Atlantic
When the Computer Mouse Was New

The Atlantic
Photos of the Week

Thomson Reuters News
U.S. prohibits investment in Crimea among slew of sanctions

France 24
West extends sanctions as Ukraine violence flares up

Thomson Reuters News
Russia calls new sanctions on Crimea ‘collective punishment’

Thomson Reuters News
Opaque middlemen exact high price in Russia’s deals with the West

Thomson Reuters News
Putin urges Russia’s secret services to tackle modern challenges

Thomson Reuters News
Kenyatta signs Kenyan security law despite MPs’ protests

Thomson Reuters News
Turkey detains media executive on terrorism charge

Thomson Reuters News
IAF bombs Gaza militant base after rocket hits southern Israel

Agence France-Presse
Islamic State has executed 100 foreigners trying to quit

Thomson Reuters News
Fifteen U.S.-led air strikes target Islamic State militants

Agence France-Presse
Kurds press Sinjar operation in north Iraq

The Telegraph
ISIS morale is down, Kurdish official says

Thomson Reuters News
Inside Iraq’s killing zones

Agence France-Presse
Saudi police kill four suspects in Shi’ite village

Thomson Reuters News
Iran’s support for Syria tested by oil price drop

Thomson Reuters News
Civilian deaths in Afghanistan war reach new high

Thomson Reuters News
Despite billions in aid, U.S. unable to get Pakistan to confront militants

The New York Times
Hopes That Outrage Spurs Change After Tragedy in Pakistan

Thomson Reuters News
Pakistan hangs two militants following Taliban school massacre

Thomson Reuters News
Pakistan’s most hated man is Umar Mansoor

Thomson Reuters News
North Korea says it will boost nuclear power to counter hostile U.S. policy

The New York Times
North Korea, Denying Sony Attack, Suggests Joint Inquiry

The Atlantic
Making Kim Jong-un’s head explode

The Sydney Morning Herald
NSW Police Commissioner’s wife and daughter in Lindt cafe before siege began

Thomson Reuters News
Eight Colombian police, military killed in guerrilla attacks

France 24
Hope in Colombia as uncertain FARC ceasefire begins

The Washington Post
Cuban spy reportedly helped U.S. uncover three espionage networks

The Associated Press
Rolando Sarraff Trujillo identified as U.S. spy in Cuba - More

The New York Times
Crucible of Cuban Zeal Redefines Revolutionary

Thomson Reuters News
Raúl Castro steps out of Fidel’s shadow

Thomson Reuters News
Cuban parliament backs move to restore diplomatic ties with U.S.

Thomson Reuters News
Cuba not returning to capitalism despite U.S. deal, says Mariela Castro

The New York Times
On This Day: December 20 - More

The Associated Press
Le département d'État appelle les Américains à la prudence à l'étranger

The Associated Press
Le FBI blâme officiellement la Corée du Nord pour la cyberattaque contre Sony - Plus

The Associated Press
Obama promet une réponse « proportionnelle » à la cyberattaque contre Sony

The Associated Press
La Corée du Nord veut une enquête conjointe et menace les États-Unis

The Associated Press
Londres veut permettre aux femmes de l’armée d’aller au combat

Agence France-Presse
Finlande : prison avec sursis pour quatre personnes pour financement de terrorisme

The Associated Press
Le plan de modernisation militaire de la Russie se poursuivra, dit Poutine

The Associated Press
Israël mène des frappes aériennes sur la bande de Gaza

The Associated Press
Le Pakistan exécute deux militants après le massacre dans une école

The Associated Press
Pakistan : l’armée tue 77 militants

The Associated Press
Deux autres opérations contre les Talibans font au moins 10 morts au Pakistan

The Associated Press
Fidel ne s’est toujours pas manifesté

Agence France-Presse
Raúl Castro doit s’exprimer

Journal Sud Ouest
L’éphéméride du 20 décembre

Books

Lee Sandlin | The Wall Street Journal
The Never-Ending War