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PBC News & Comment: Russia Starts Withdrawal from Syria

In surprise move, Putin announces withdrawal plan, says Russian objectives achieved as Syria marks 5 years of bloody proxy war…
–tenuous cease-fire holds, as some opposition groups agree to join peace talks
–an American man from Virginia who was fighting with Daesh reportedly defects, and is captured by Kurdish fighters
–US builds new prison for captured terrorists in Iraq, reports
–always generating his own reality, Trump blames Sanders for his unruly mobs that led to cancelled rallies, says his fans are victims
–Trump partisans plan to form militia to provide security for Der Donald
–Roger Cohen compares Trump to Italy’s rich strongman, Berlusconi
–Robert Reich builds case that Trump is fascist
–Frank Bruni comments on Trump’s epic, insatiable neediness
–in front-pager on Sunday, NY Times reports that Obama’s jokes infuriated Trump, triggered his drive to compensate
–Rev. Billy issues “moral advisory” to halt Trump rallies, PBC demurs
–millions marched peacefully yesterday in Brazil demanding ouster of President Dilma Rousseff
–in attempt to stop Trump, Rubio tells Ohio supporters to vote for Kasich
–Hillary Clinton’s praise of Nancy Reagan at the funeral outrages all who remember what really happened in the 80’s regarding AIDS
–Obama sides with FBI on phone encryption, says privacy advocates have “fetish” about security of their phones
–Obama’s fight against encryption expands to target WhatsApp, as its owner Facebook and other tech giants move to enhance encryption
–in our latest in-depth interview, Chip Gibbons of BORDC calls for hearings on infiltration of peaceful First Amendment groups
–keyboard genius Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer is dead at 71