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Sony cancels movie after N. Korean terror threat

A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, in Los Angeles, California in this December 11, 2014 (Credit: Reuters/Kevork Djansezian)The so-called "Guardians of Peace" who hacked Sony Entertainment in November have now promised not-so-peaceful 9/11 type attacks on theaters that show the movie The Interview. Scheduled for release on Christmas day, Actors Seth Rogan and James Franco play journalists in this controversial action-comedy.  Rogen and Franco's characters are recruited by the C.I.A. to assassinate Kim Jong Un while on a press trip to interview the North Korean dictator

When United States officials confirmed early on Wednesday that the hack was sanctioned by North Korean officials, Sony Entertainment cancelled The Interview's release, removed it from its website and has no plans of releasing in theaters.

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Tragedies in Australia and Pakistan: where is God?

Rescue workers and family members carry the coffin of a student, who killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. (Credit: Reuters/Khuram Parvez)Early Monday morning in a chocolate shop located in the heart of Sydney, Australia, Man Haron Monis took 17 individuals hostage. This was not the first time Monis, a self-proclaimed Iranian "sheik," acted out of order. He pleaded guilty last year to writing taunting, offensive letters to families of Australian soldiers who died fighting in Afghanistan. He was being investigated as an accessory to the murder of his former wife. And over the past few years, has been charged upwards of 40 times involving allegations of sexual assault. On Monday morning, continuing this pattern of acting out of order, Monis had two demands: a new Islamic black flag and a meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott. After 16 hours, the hostage situation ended early Tuesday morning when police raided the shop and 3 individuals lost their lives, including the Man Haron Monis.

Tuesday evening, across the world in a school in northwest Pakistan, a group of Taliban militants took upwards of 400 people hostage. This group of at least 6 suicide bombers scaled the walls of Army Public School Degree College in Peshawar intent on killing students of military personnel. This was in response to recent military offensives against the Taliban. Thus far, it is believed 141 individuals have died, including a 2-year-old child. Most of the students killed were between the ages 12 to 16 years old.

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Violence in the Holy Land: my view

Ultra-orthodox Jewish women stand near the scene of a deadly attack carried out by two Palenstian men from the Jerusalem district of Jabal Mukaber against a Jewish synagogue in the ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighborhood in west Jeruslem, November 18, 2014,  Jerusalem, Israel (Credit: Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly)We all watched in horror as news reports described the brutal murder of four Jewish rabbis in their Jerusalem synagogue.  The slaughter at the Kehilot Bnei Torah synagogue in the Har Nof area of west Jerusalem has been called "blood libel" by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and was condemned by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.  

Why so much violence now?

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