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PBC News & Comment: Canada Sets Example For US, Welcomes Syrian Refugees

Canada’s new Prime Minister Trudeau personally greets first Syrian refugees in Toronto, contrasting with America’s Trump-driven week of hate, hysteria…–Dem prez candidate Martin O’Malley slams corporate-run immigration lockups in Arizona on Thursday, speaks at Virginia mosque today

–at TomDispatch, State Dept. veteran Peter van Buren offers detailed answers to the question: “who will fight the Islamic State?”

–in NY Times, Shmuel Rosner says “Let Israel fight IS”

–Iraq lodges UN protest, doesn’t want Turkish troops fighting IS in Iraq

–Israel arrests 5 Palestinians suspected of supporting IS

–after Netanyahu’s criticism, Trump cancels his trip to Israel, until he is president, he says

NY Times report compares Trump to France’s right-wing hatemonger, Marine Le Pen, presents her as more reasonable

–from Switzerland to Finland, tensions are high over terrorist threats

–despite security lockdown of Paris climate summit, brazen jewel heist succeeds a few doors down from presidential palace

–agreement on climate pact appears achievable, but developing nations may get the short end of the stick

–in weekly Processing Distortion podcast, I recap 13 lingering questions about the narrative of the Dec. 2 shootings in San Bernardino

–former Alabama governor Don Siegelman has spent 8 weeks in the hole for talking on Thom Hartmann’s show about prison reform

–in rare bipartisan moment, Obama signs bill that rolls back some of the mandates of No Child Left Behind and Common Core

–Justice Scalia deflects some of the racial anger toward Trump in his comments about blacks in academia in Supreme Court oral arguments

–U2 guitarist The Edge finally wins approval to build 5 homes on pristine Malibu ridge