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PBC News & Comment: As Exit is Delayed, More US Troops Will Stay in Afghanistan

Obama delays US exit from Afghanistan in sneaky way, gets no criticism; who will be the last American to die in “graveyard of empires”?
--liberals shudder as Justice Ginsburg is hospitalized
--media coverage in Ferguson, other cities encourages some of the vandalism and blockades; in Oakland, two TV choppers almost collide
--in Hong Kong, 116 protesters arrested in showdown; 7 cops are arrested for beating protest leader in October
--in Mexico City, human rights groups object to detention and excessive force for peaceful protesters
--in in-depth interview with British journalist Andy Worthington, we talk about the new campaign to free Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo; get the details here
--British report blames unnamed US internet company for inadequate spying in case of Islamist attack on soldier in 2013
--Carly Fiorina, who wrecked Hewlett Packard and failed in Senate bid from California, wants to be president
--Walmart workers plan strike on Black Friday
--EPA announces stricter ozone emission standards, prepare for GOP shitstorm
--frackers and tar sands extractors may see their bubble burst as crude drops below $80 a barrel, Steve Horn reports
--on west coast, seabirds are dying as warming kills their food supply
--Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, opposes citizenship law

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PBC News & Comment: It’s Time for Trigger-Happy Policemen to End Shoot-to-Kill Mentality

--Ferguson and other communities respond to grand jury’s exoneration of Darren Wilson in killing of Michael Brown as questions linger.... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: It’s Time for Trigger-Happy Policemen to End Shoot-to-Kill Mentality

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Globetrotting Journalist Pepe Escobar on His New Book, “Empire of Chaos”, plus: Endless Afghan War, Hagel’s Exit, Beghazi Report and More


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Pepe Escobar returns to talk about his great new book, and recent developments in world affairs, from Afghanistan to Syria, the firing of Pentagon boss Chuck Hagel, and the GOP Beghazi report that made him laugh out loud. Continue reading Globetrotting Journalist Pepe Escobar on His New Book, “Empire of Chaos”, plus: Endless Afghan War, Hagel’s Exit, Beghazi Report and More

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PBC News & Comment: Formerly “Anti-War” President Secretly Extends US War in Afghanistan

Obama secretly extends the war in Afghanistan and fires Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: are these two events connected, asks PBC?.... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Formerly “Anti-War” President Secretly Extends US War in Afghanistan

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PBC News & Comment: If You Were Undocumented, Would You Take Obama’s Offer?

Obama unveils his long delayed immigration changes; if you were an undocumented resident, would you sign up for 3-year deferral? Continue reading PBC News & Comment: If You Were Undocumented, Would You Take Obama’s Offer?

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Re-Thinking Prisons and Incarceration with Truthout Editor Maya Schenwar


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Maya Schenwar, editor-in-chief of Truthout.org, talks about her new book about America's prisons, Locked Down, Locked Out. Continue reading Re-Thinking Prisons and Incarceration with Truthout Editor Maya Schenwar

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PBC News & Comment: CIA Tries to Re-Write Rules on Retaining Emails

CIA plan to destroy emails draws challenge from Sens. Feinstein, Chambliss; attorney confirms secret hearing in Guantanamo force feeding case.... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: CIA Tries to Re-Write Rules on Retaining Emails

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Enviro-journalist Mark Schapiro Sleuths the Impact of Climate Change and the Cost of Carbon


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Veteran environmental journalist Mark Schapiro talks about his new book, Carbon Shock and comments on Obama's emissions deal with China, Keystone and related issues. Continue reading Enviro-journalist Mark Schapiro Sleuths the Impact of Climate Change and the Cost of Carbon

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PBC News & Comment: Lame-Duck Senate Rejects Watered-Down NSA Reform

Overshadowed by Keystone vote, GOP senators use demagoguery to defeat mild reforms to NSA mass surveillance, phone metadata collection..... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Lame-Duck Senate Rejects Watered-Down NSA Reform

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PBC News & Comment: Lame-Duck Senate Ready to Sell Out on Keystone, Surveillance Reform

The lame-duck Senate earns that label as it prepares to sell us out on Keystone pipeline and wimpy surveillance reform.... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Lame-Duck Senate Ready to Sell Out on Keystone, Surveillance Reform