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PBC News & Comment: Obama Changes Hostage Policies, Opens Pandora’s Box

Under new policy, government continues ransom ban, but allows families of hostages to negotiate, pay kidnappers without facing criminal prosecution….

--in major corporate victory, Senate sets stage to pass TPP fast track for Obama signing on Wednesday

--in ugly move, European Union begins effort to block more boat refugees by pretending to go after traffickers, as 1,000 more are rescued in past 24 hours

--NATO rejoins the fray in Iraq, will provide more training to a military that’s shown that training is pointless; NATO also beefs up presence along Russian borders

--official, anonymous leaks from ObamaCo claim China has been hacking networks for 5 years, undetected at OPM for a year

--Greenwald exposes British agency JTRIG, comparable to a merger of our NSA/FBI with global reach

--UN report on Gaza war crimes by Israel and Hamas may be used by Palestinian Authority at International Criminal Court

--as Supreme Court dribbles out its important decisions, Justice Kennedy sends strong signal about solitary confinement

--like other cities, liberal San Francisco has racist cops and a big backlog of unprocessed rape kits; read the rape kit story here