Feb 2, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 20 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
"North Korea and the Berlin Film Festival have resolved their ‘misunderstanding’ over ‘The Interview.’ The North Korean government had issued a statement Wednesday alleging that screening the film at the festival would encourage ‘terrorism,’ but the festival said no such screening had been planned.
“Dieter Kosslick, the festival’s chief, met with the North Korean ambassador in Berlin on Thursday and explained to him that the festival never planned to screen ‘The Interview.’ The ambassador understands this, a spokesperson for the festival told Variety. So, everything is fine? ‘I hope so,’ said the spokesperson” (Variety, January 22).
Won't Mention 'Al Qaeda'
9:02 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama will talk about ISIS in tonight's State of the Union Address. He'll talk about Iran. And he'll talk about North Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan. (He won't mention "al Qaeda.")
But what's the biggest threat to "future generations"? Climate change, according to Obama.
"[N]o challenge – no challenge – poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change," Obama will say, according to the prepared text of the president's speech.
8:20 AM, Jan 8, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Sony hackers made a big mistake by logging into Facebook, according to a report in the New York Times. The mistake, according to the report, revealed the hackers were working for North Korea.
'First Aspect of Our Response'2:08 PM, Jan 2, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House spokesman announced the sanctioning of North Korea for the "destructive and coercive cyber attack on Sony."
America should 'attack' North Korea's 'infrastructure' 7:01 PM, Dec 28, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Lindsey Graham said on CNN earlier today that China was likely involved in the hack attack on Sony.
"I can't imagine anything this massive happening in North Korea without China being involved or at least knowing about it,"the Republican senator said on CNN.
1:30 PM, Dec 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The star of the The Interview comments on the news that Sony will indeed allow the movie to be shown.
Rogen says in a tweet, "The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!"
1:01 PM, Dec 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Sony Pictures will offer a limited release of its upcoming Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy, The Interview. Sony had pulled the movie from release after several large theater companies said they were cancelling their screenings, citing a threat of terrorist attack from a group that appears to be connected to the North Korean government. CNN reports:
'Cyber vandalism'8:45 AM, Dec 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama said the hacking of Sony was an act of "cyber vandalism," and not an "act of war." He made the comments in an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, according to a transcript provided by the network.
CROWLEY: Do you think this was an act of war by North Korea?
In a recent op-ed, Rand Paul argues for President Obama's foreign policy.12:50 PM, Dec 20, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Senator Rand Paul has an op-ed in Time magazine making the case for normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba as Barack Obama has proposed. It’s a reasonable objective for U.S.
8:15 AM, Dec 20, 2014 • By MAX BOOT and SUE MI TERRY
December 17 was already an important milestone for the North Korean regime: It’s the day the “Dear Leader,” Kim Jong-il, died in 2011, opening the way for his son Kim Jong-un to succeed him as absolute dictator. That anniversary was marked Wednesday with commemorations to signal the end of a traditional three-year period of mourning and the emergence of Kim Jong-un as a leader in his own right.
Other possible 2016 GOP candidates quiet.4:21 PM, Dec 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Two potential Republican presidential candidates weighed in on the hack of Sony Pictures by the North Korean government.
"The recent Sony hack is not a cyber attack on Hollywood," said Bobby Jindal, the two-term governor of Louisiana, in a statement. "[I]t is an attack on America. It is an attack on freedom and represents a serious danger to U.S. national security. Are we really going to let terrorists and thugs, likely the North Korean dictator in this instance, determine what movies we watch?"
Hosted by Michael Graham.1:08 PM, Dec 19, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the Sony hacks, North Korea's role, and the U.S. response.
"...federal agencies are here to help."12:44 PM, Dec 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security, has released a statement following the North Korean-backed cyber attack on Sony Pictures. Johnson urges American companies to protect themselves against cybersecurity threats and says the Department of Homeland Security is "here to help."
Here's the full statement: