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Despite Obama’s opening to Cuba, expect no meaningful steps toward liberalization of any kind from the Castro regime.

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Hollywood and the American public alike are in uproar over the recent cancellation of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s movie, “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Un. US officials have confirmed that North Korean hackers are behind the attack that leaked sensitive and embarrassing Sony correspondence.

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Followers of the Shi'ite Houthi group wave their weapons as they gather at the group's camp near Sanaa September 10, 2014.

It’s time the US assesses how the al Houthis’ de-facto control of the Yemeni government affects our current strategy to combat AQAP.

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The current decline in US defense capabilities is undermining its conventional deterrence in the Pacific and indeed, around the entire globe.

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Falcoff  argues that it will be difficult, perhaps impossible, to reverse the decades-long devastation and that to expect an instantly revitalized dynamic Cuba to emerge is unrealistic.

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Sony Pictures has now confirmed that it is canceling the Christmas release of The Interview, a comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, due to North Korean–directed threats against theaters.  Not since the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and The Satanic Verses has the West so cravenly surrendered to intellectual terrorism.

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A recent hearing on the findings of the blue-ribbon National Defense Panel points to several key items that need to be on the Pentagon’s to-do list over the final two years of the Obama administration.

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While a quick rebound in oil prices in the aftermath of the 2008-2009 crisis temporarily alleviated this danger, Russia’s current economic outlook is far gloomier today and potentially coming to haunt its creator.

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Limited capability, Iraq’s uninterest in foreign troops, regional tensions, and fear of domestic blowback  limit the anti-ISIS coalition. Short of an about-face by Iraq’s leadership, or a sudden thawing of tension in the Gulf, the dysfunction will likely continue.

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As multinational military operations against ISIS continue into 2015, look for China to take small steps in contributing to the fight.

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