Israel launches Gaza air strike on ‘Hamas target’

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Israeli aircraft have bombed a site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August. BBC The air strike was carried out on a Hamas facility in response to a rocket fired earlier from Gaza, a statement from the Israeli military said. Residents of the Khan Yunis area in Gaza reported hearing two explosions, ... Read More »

North Korea was ‘centrally involved’ in Sony Hacking, US officials say

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US intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures’ computers, a determination reached just as Sony on canceled its release of the comedy The Interview, which is based on a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader. David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth Senior administration officials, who ... Read More »

Congo: Ending the Status Quo

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A new consensus and strategy are urgently needed to tackle the numerous, brutal armed groups in eastern Congo and to save the February 2013 Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) in the Great Lakes region. ICG The M23 defeat by the UN’s Intervention Brigade (FIB) in November 2013 raised hopes that it would mark the beginning of the end for ... Read More »

India to rent another nuclear submarine from Russia

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Indian Navy may rent another nuclear submarine from Russia. It goes about a Project 971 (codenamed Pike-B) sub, Indian media outlets report. The news was announced by the head of the Indian Defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar, as he was communicating with journalists after Putin’s visit to India. The Indian Navy already has a Russian-made nuclear submarine, Project 971 Nerpa. The ... Read More »

Q&A: what we can learn from the Sydney siege, and what next

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The Conversation spoke with counter-terrorism expert Clarke Jones of the Australian National University to understand the right response for the media, politicians and law enforcement agencies. The media was quick to report this as an “act of terror”. Do we need to be more careful about what we label as “terrorism”? Without a doubt. If you look at the international ... Read More »

The Council on Foreign Relations Honors Kissinger Critic

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CFR named Gary J. Bass’s The Blood Telegram the best book on international relations of 2014. The National Interest – Zachary Keck On November 4, Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, hosted Henry Kissinger as the final speaker in a series of day-long panels looking at the history of the Cold War. Haass said that in havingKissinger as ... Read More »

The Many Agendas Of The West In The Middle East

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Is ISIS the reason for the international scramble over the Middle East, or are there different agendas, asks Ali Sirini. While the “Islamic State” is without doubt a terroristic organisation and a threat to innocent people, the huge effort to target it rather than the other oppressive regimes in the region indicates that another agenda is being pursued. I spent ... Read More »

Five flee as hostages held in Sydney cafe, Islamic flag held up

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Five people fled a central Sydney cafe Dec. 15 where a gunman is holding terrified hostages after displaying an Islamic flag at the window, triggering a lockdown in an area home to government and corporate headquarters A square in the heart of the Australian city was evacuated as hundreds of armed police surrounded the Lindt chocolate cafe, where a flag ... Read More »

Dick Cheney insists ‘rectal feeding’ was for medical reasons, not torture in defence of CIA

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Dick Cheney, the former US vice-president who was at the forefront of the post-9/11 push towards aggressive interrogation techniques since denounced as torture, has defended the use of “rectal feeding” of terror suspects, claiming it was done for “medical reasons”. The Guardian – Ed Pilkington in New York Dick Cheney Refuses to Call Forced Rectal Feeding Torture – ABC.News Former US vice-president ... Read More »