7:53 PM, Dec 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Australian prime minister Tony Abbott says that "The National Security Committee of Cabine has ... convened for briefings on the situation" a "reported hostage taking incident in Martin Place in Sydney."
"New South Wales police and the Australian federal police are currently responding to a reported hostage-taking incident in Martin Place in Sydney," reads Abbott's statement.
I have spoken with NSW premier Mike Baird and offered him all possible Commonwealth support and assistance.
4:40 PM, Dec 14, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
I hereby nominate Dick Cheney's answer to Chuck Todd's question about a United Nations official who's called for the criminal prosecution of U.S. interrogators, as the 2014 Sunday Show Answer of the Year:
CHENEY: I have little respect for the United Nations, or for this individual, who doesn't have a clue and had absolutely no responsibility for safeguarding this nation and going after the bastards that killed 3,000 Americans on 9/11.
Hosted by Michael Graham.1:15 PM, Dec 12, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the CIA, the Senate report, and enhanced interrogation techniques.
The evolution of Ali Khamenei from sensitive lover of Western literature to enforcer of Islamic revolutionary orthodoxyDec 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15 • By ALI ALFONEH and REUEL MARC GERECHT
The Blind Man’s friend: Don’t suffer because of the past. You censored books for the sake of God. . . . What is
it you are taking?
The Blind Man: Valium. I’m taking it to forget everything, even God.
And the ruble is in free-fall.Dec 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15 • By CATHY YOUNG
A year ago, Ukraine’s “Euro-maidan” protests, spurred by then-president Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to reject a promised trade agreement with the European Union and rush into the well-paid embrace of Vladimir Putin, began to escalate in Kiev, turning to violent clashes with government forces. A Ukrainian revolution, a Russian land grab, and months of undeclared war later, we still don’t know whether these events signaled the beginning of a revival of Russian power or the beginning of the end of the Putin regime.
The populist backlash against immigration and the EU superstate continues. Dec 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15 • By DOMINIC GREEN
"The winner,” ABBA advised in 1980, “takes it all. The loser has to fall.” But not in Swedish politics, where proportional representation has created a smorgasbord of parties and has now contributed to a crisis of democracy.
Dec 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook was thrilled to learn that the U.S. Navy finally has a fully operational laser—and, no, not the kind we’ve been using for years with guidance systems, but rather an actual laser weapon.
Dec 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES and THOMAS JOSCELYN
For most of last week, the report on enhanced interrogations produced by Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence dominated headlines. To the extent that there was a debate at all, it was one-sided. News coverage routinely described the findings as the “Senate torture report,” often failing even to note that it was written exclusively by Democratic staff or account for the differences between techniques used as part of the CIA program and abuses committed outside of that program.
6:29 AM, Dec 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Chinese equivalent of the Nobel Prize, the Confucius Peace Prize, has been awarded to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
"Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is this year's winner of the Confucius Peace Prize, China's alternative to the Nobel Prize," reports the Associated Press.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:15 PM, Dec 10, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with frequent contributor Thomas Joscelyn on the Democrats' CIA interrogation report, and how it was tailored to fit their biases.
3:23 PM, Dec 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs announced the introduction of legislation today to prevent foreign diplomats from receiving Obamacare.
1:01 PM, Dec 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
An interesting interview with retired Air Force psychologist James Mitchell on the enhanced interrogation program from Vice News:
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