Hollywood incredulous over Sony’s ‘unAmerican act of cowardice’

Hollywood has reacted with incredulity over the decision by Sony to cancel the release of its controversial film The Interview, criticising the studio for bowing to the demands of North Korean hackers.

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced the movie would not be shown as planned in America on Christmas Day after threats of violence by the hackers.

The cancellation, announced Wednesday, was a startling blow to the Hollywood studio that has been shaken by hacker leaks and intimidations over the last several weeks by an anonymous group calling itself Guardians of Peace.


UK: Britain’s Terror Addiction

Debates over the causes of radicalization and extremism in Britain invariably focus on how to tackle support for groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda. But why is it that Hamas and PFLP are deemed moderate regardless of how many civilians they murder?

“God be praised for the martyrdom operation in Jerusalem and news of the state of the killed and injured.” — Interpal partner Ahmed Brahimi, in response to the murder of Israeli Jews praying in a synagogue.


Germany: Anti-Islamization protests grow to 15,000 in Dresden

A new grass-roots movement that assails the German government for ignoring its fears of being overrun by Muslims and other immigrants attracted a record 15,000 marchers on Monday in the eastern city of Dresden.

The fast-growing movement that calls itself PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, has drawn support from the far-right as well as some ordinary Germans alarmed by a sharp rise in refugees, many fleeing conflict in the Middle East.

The rallies have spread rapidly across Germany since starting with a local social media appeal in Dresden two months ago. They are now beginning to unsettle the German political establishment, which has spent decades restoring Germany’s image as an open, tolerant country after the devastation of the Nazis.


Kim Jong-un’s eventful three years in power

It’s a tough life, being a member of the world’s highest-achieving First Family.

When your grandfather is said to be immortal, and your father claims to have hit 11 holes in one and written more than 1,500 books, making your mark can be difficult.

But as Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, presides over ceremonies on Wednesday to mark three years since the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, all eyes will be on what he has done since inheriting power.

So what are his main achievements?