National Security

A New Year’s Resolution for the White House

I don’t know.

Though we hear it very often, it’s an infuriating turn of phrase, and a choice one in political circles, recently made wildly popular by our president (see President Obama’s ‘I don’t know’ strategy — and its limits, by Chris Cillizza.)

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Cuban Dissidents Arrested for Supporting Open Mic Project

Cubans in Havana organized Tuesday in an attempt to engage in a performance art project called “#YoTambienExijo,” or “#ITooDemand,” meant to give a voice to the Cuban people in the upcoming dialogues between Cuba and the United States. Before the performance could occur, however, its organizer, artist Tania Bruguera, disappeared, while a number of prominent dissidents in the capital were detained or placed under house arrest.

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North Korea: Attack on Obama Not Racist Because ‘Not All Monkeys are Black’

The government of North Korea has developed a reputation for lack of subtlety in its attacks on perceived enemies, and in remarks last week regarding the Seth Rogen comedy film The Interview, it crossed a line, calling President Obama a “monkey” and hurling other invective his direction. Now, the nation’s spokesman for Latin America is claiming that the comment could not possibly be a racist one.

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Twenty Percent of Spaniards Joining ISIS Are Women

As the Islamic State (ISIS) continues attempting to expand its influence in the West, a new report from Spain’s ABC newspaper highlights the terrorist group’s increasing influence with women, as 20% of Spanish nationals captured trying to join the jihad in Syria and Iraq or already actively participating in it are women.

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Reports: Iran Hanged Nine on Christmas Day

On Christmas day in Iran, at least nine prisoners were hanged by Iranian regime officials, according to reports. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) reports that seven were hanged in the infamous Adelabad prison on Christmas morning.

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As U.S.-Led Combat Mission Ends, Afghan Women Fear Oppression

(Reuters) – No one ever claimed responsibility after a suicide bomber rammed into the vehicle of celebrated female parliamentarian Shukria Barakzai. She walked away from the wreckage after the Nov. 16 blast that killed three civilians and wounded 20.

Cost of Afghan war: nearly $1 trillion and climbing

Canada Police: Man Kills 8 People Before Taking Own Life

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Edmonton police say a man with a lengthy criminal record killed six adults and two young children before taking his own life in what the police chief is calling the city’s worst mass murder.

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Beach Parties, Fireworks: World Rings in New Year

After a turbulent year marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters, many could be forgiven for saying good riddance to 2014 and gratefully ringing in a new year.

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Greek Navy Heads to Suspected Migrant Ship

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is sending a navy frigate and a helicopter to locate a cargo ship believed to be carrying hundreds of migrants in the northern Ionian Sea after authorities received a distress call from someone on board the ship, authorities said.

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Saudi King Abdullah Admitted to Gospital for Tests

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s 90-year-old King Abdullah was admitted to a hospital on Wednesday for medical tests, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. The news agency, citing a royal statement, said the king was undergoing tests at

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U.S. to Station 150 Armored Vehicles in Europe

(Reuters) – The United States plans by the end of next year to station around 150 tanks and armored vehicles in Europe for use by U.S. forces training there, according to a U.S. military commander.

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#YoTambienExijo: Cuban Dissidents Occupy Havana’s Revolution Plaza

Emboldened by dictator Raúl Castro’s declarations that, thanks to President Obama’s new policy on Cuba, the communists “have really won the war,” a group of Cuban dissidents led by artist Tania Bruguera have organized an anti-government rally in the Plaza de la Revolución in Havana– the heart of the communist government.

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