SOMNIA - Spotlight on Military News and International Affairs

Monday, 22 December 2014 - Updated at 1450 hrs EST

Canadian News

Canadian Commentary

International Commentary

Robert J. Samuelson | The Washington Post
An ominous hack highlights our growing vulnerability

Boris Johnson | The Telegraph
‘The Interview’ and North Korea: what happened to America's true grit?

Jackson Diehl | The Washington Post
Obama’s faulty logic on Cuba

E.J. Dionne | The Washington Post
Obama, the lame duck that roared

Ian Ayres and John Fabian Witt | The New York Times
Obama, the Least Lame President?

Editorial | The New York Times
Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses

John Yemma | The Christian Science Monitor
Oil, gas, and the Saudi factor

Editorial Board | The Christian Science Monitor
When children stand up to terror

International News

Bloomberg News
Wars’ Cost to U.S. Since the Sept. 11 Attacks: $1.6 Trillion

The Associated Press
North Korea threatens to attack White House over hacking claims

Bloomberg News
Sony Hackers Snooped for Months, Then Planted 10-Minute Time Bomb

The New York Times
Obama to See if North Korea Should Return to Terror List

The Christian Science Monitor
North Korea boycotts UN Security Council and threatens US

The Washington Post
After pressure from Hollywood, safety inspectors’ drone fears are overruled

The Record
Former Navy photographer’s pictures recall World War II - Photos

The Seattle Times
Police gain military firepower; critics see danger

Bloomberg News
Natural Gas Futures Tumble

Bloomberg News
Crude Extends Fourth Weekly Decline Amid Supply Glut

The Telegraph
GCHQ warns serious criminals have been lost in wake of Edward Snowden leaks

The Independent
Bletchley Park: Google wraps Enigma site’s search results up in code - More

The Telegraph
British troops to help fight against Boko Haram as SAS target ISIL

Agence France-Presse
Hollande urges vigilance after weekend attacks

The New York Times
He Sees You When You’re Sleeping, and Gives You Nightmares

Thomson Reuters News
Pope says Vatican administration is sick with power and greed

The Associated Press
Princess Cristina ordered to trial for tax fraud - More

Agence France-Presse
Court opens case against Catalan leader for breakaway vote

The Independent
MH370 was shot down by the US military, former airline CEO claims

BBC News
Ukraine conflict: Hackers take sides in virtual war

Agence France-Presse
Russia’s top allies build ties with Ukraine

The Telegraph
The week the dam broke in Russia and ended Putin’s dreams

Bloomberg News
Ruble’s Rescue Comes With Cost for Russian Economy

Thomson Reuters News
From Baltic to Asia, East-West aerial confrontations heat up

BBC News
Tunisia election: Marzouki refuses to admit defeat

The Washington Post
Boko Haram releases video of extremists killing civilians

Agence France-Presse
Bomb blast at NE Nigeria bus station kills 20

France 24
Burkinabe protestors demand justice for ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’

Agence France-Presse
Burundi arrests brother of suspect in French police attack

The Associated Press
2014 frustrates US hopes for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Agence France-Presse
Gaza ripe for new explosion, analysts warn

Thomson Reuters News
Iraqi Kurds, Yazidis fight Islamic State for strategic town of Sinjar

Thomson Reuters News
U.S. leads 22 more air strikes against Islamic State

Agence France-Presse
US Navy MH-60S crashes in Kuwait

Bloomberg News
Gulf Arabs may cut back on spending as oil prices drop

BBC News
Turkmenistan’s climate of fear silences its people

The Associated Press
Pakistan school attack arrests made, officials say

Indo-Asian News Service
13 militants killed in Karachi clash

The Washington Post
Stripped of duties, controversial Indian diplomat defends conduct

The New York Times
Intelligence agencies of three nations missed big clues in Mumbai terror attacks

The Christian Science Monitor
Tsunami 10 years after: How Indonesia built back

Thomson Reuters News
Tsunami warning system stumbles at the ‘last mile’

The Christian Science Monitor
Could a tsunami disaster happen again?

The Independent
Where did all the toxic debris from the tsunami end up?

Thomson Reuters News
In Jakarta, that sinking feeling is all too real

Thomson Reuters News
China to regulate foreign NGOs with new law

The Associated Press
PLA plane crashes; two deaths reported

South China Morning Post
China building large military base near disputed Diaoyu Islands

Bloomberg News
China’s Anti-Corruption Squad Probes Aide to Ex-President Hu

Thomson Reuters News
China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof North Korea hacked Sony

Xinhua News Agency
China opposes cyber attack targeted at third nation

The Associated Press
North Korean cinema: Kidnappings and evil Americans

The Associated Press
Kim Jong-un game spoof Glorious Leader! moving forward - More

Bloomberg News
North Korea: 1.2 Million Troops, Nukes -- and a 3,000-Strong Cyber-Elite

BBC News
South Korea nuclear firm to hold cyber-attack drills after hack

Thomson Reuters News
Court orders partner of Sydney hostage-taker jailed

Agence France-Presse
Construction to begin on $50B Nicaragua canal

The Washington Post
Wait, Cuba has its own Internet?

The New York Times
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Books

Sarah Rainey | The Telegraph
Britain’s homage to ‘plucky Belgium’ - KAB

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