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PBC News & Comment: Oil, a Weapon for Peace?

–Saudi talks with Russia show that crash in oil price may have a political component—part of geostrategy to punish Putin…

–falling oil price prompts new EPA analysis of Keystone pipeline will lead to increase in greenhouse gas emissions

–IS adds immolation to its bag of barbaric tricks, burning captive Jordanian pilot to death

–from our in-depth interview regarding the conviction of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, Norman Solomon tries to explain government motives

–top spook and proven perjurer James Clapper announces modest reforms to NSA’s massive dragnet for phone records

–America’s use of Diego Garcia as black site, confirmed by Powell aide Wilkerson, shows that British role was deleted from torture report

–in about-face, Pentagon will release some IG info on Afghan troops

–new report says Pentagon has lost track of much of $400 million in arms supplied to Yemen government, now in Houthi control

–“Justice” Dept. settles with Standard & Poor’s, the rating agency that enabled Wall Street fraud on mortgage-backed securities

–new measles outbreak forces GOP candidates to talk about vaccination, as pro-immunization voices squelch any debate

–San Diego jury convicts reveng porn operator

–Pope Francis acknowledges Bishop Romero as a martyr, a major embrace of liberation theology and shift from the past