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PBC News & Comment: America’s Stalemate on Addressing Gun Violence Continues

Obama’s deep frustration and anger at the gun lobby are understandable, but his tone and timing give ground to opponents….

–in Thursday press comments, the president was right, but his angry tone and the timing allow gun defenders to attack “politicization” and “blame the hardware”

–critics note that Obama doesn’t have the same outrage about the spike of shootings in Chicago, or black-on-black shootings

–then there’s Yemen, America’s shooting gallery for years, where man whose family was killed by US drone strike is denied apology by Obama’s “Justice” Dept.

–US remains silent as Saudis at UN Human Rights panel reject independent investigation into Yemen war crimes in favor of insider whitewash

–Hillary Clinton breaks with Obama, calls for no-fly zone in Syria

–newly released Clinton emails shows Joe Wilson and got $47 million grant from fund chaired by Hillary as Secretary of State

–in UN speech, Netanyahu thunders through his anti-Iran talking points, then pops the big lie, blaming Palestinians for failed negotiations

–in West Bank, Palestinians reportedly shot and killed settler couple, leading to ugly parise for shooters

–in Afghan battle, AP says Taliban has been routed from Kunduz, but NY Times says “fight is far from decided”

–in our latest in-depth interview, British reporter Andy Worthington talks about the campaign that led to planned release of Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo

–most recent Gitmo prisoner released to Morocco is still jailed, in conflict with assurances given by US

–proposed Senate bill on sentencing reform is progress at a price: minimum mandatory sentences for terrorism enhanced, crack to powder ratio is still 18 to 1

–investigation shows San Quentin outbreak of Legionaires was caused by sludge in water towers, inmate reporter shares stories of incompetent handling by administration