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PBC News & Comment: Gov. Siegelman Will Not Be Home for the Holidays

--New judge denies release to former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, and Siegelman supporter provides details on Monday’s court hearing...

--Sony bends to hackers’ blackmail, cancels release of “The Interview”

More on Obama’s historic opening with Cuba:

--his action did not end the embargo or tourist travel ban, which require action by Congress

--the unnamed American spy released has been identified, Rolando Sarraf was double agent who spent 20 years in Cuban prisons

--Prof. Marjorie Cohn offers important background on the “Cuban 5”

--will Cuba extradite American accused of killing New Jersey cop 40 years ago?

--secret negotiations were handled by Ben Rhodes and Ricardo Zuniga


--in op-ed, Venezuela’s Assembly president echoes PBC comments about the hypocrisy of new US sanctions

--WikiLeaks pubslishes CIA review of targeted assassination, which was followed by Obama’s surge in drone strikes

--at al Jazeera, Dr. Jeff Kaye links recent torture program to CIA’s dark history with MKUltra and Kubark torture manual