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As protesters began to gather on the streets of Ferguson and dozens of other US cities for a second night after the announcement that Darren Wilson had been spared a grand jury indictment for killing Michael Brown, the police officer spoke bluntly about his conviction that he had acted correctly according to his training, telling ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos that he had a ‘clear conscience’

Ferguson: protesters take to streets in ‘dozens’ of US cities

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Michael Brown Sr. holds his wife Cal Brown during a news conference with civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton in Ferguson, Missouri.

Michael Brown Sr. holds his wife Cal Brown during a news conference with civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton in Ferguson, Missouri. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Michael Brown family say ‘process is broken’ after grand jury decision leads to night of riots

  • Attorneys for Brown family attack St Louis County prosecutor
  • National guard and police prepare for possible repeat night of unrest
  • At least 60 arrested, 14 injured and millions of dollars of damage done

The family of an unarmed 18-year-old shot dead by a police officer in Missouri accused the US justice system on Tuesday of systematically failing young black people, after the decision not to charge his killer led to America’s worst night of race-related riots in a generation.

Lawyers for the parents of Michael Brown said that “the process is broken” after a grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson, the white officer whose shooting of Brown in Ferguson in August led to intense unrest and revived a furious debate about race and law enforcement.

“All across America, whether it’s in New York, Los Angeles, California or Cleveland, young people of colour are being killed by police officers,” attorney Benjamin Crump said at a press conference, as residents of Ferguson surveyed the burned wreckage of dozens of buildings……………………

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Joshua Wong and Lester Shum are detained as police and bailiffs attempt to clear the main protest sight at Mong Kok

Hong Kong student leaders arrested as police try to clear protest zone

Joshua Wong and Lester Shum among activists arrested as police try to clear Mong Kok neighbourhood following a court order

Hong Kong police arrested two high-profile student leaders on Wednesday morning, pro-democracy demonstrators said, as scuffles broke out during police attempts to clear one of the zones held by protesters.

Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, whose detention was reported by the Hong Kong Students Federation and the South China Morning Post, came after a night of clashes with police in the Mong Kok neighbourhood…………………..

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Los Angeles smog

Smog envelopes the skyline in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images

Obama to unveil new limits on ozone pollution in victory for health groups

New guidelines will bring US up to par with health standards in other industrialised countries and are a victory for environmental groups

The Obama administration will unveil new limits on smog pollution bringing the US up to par with public health standards in other industrialised countries.

The Environmental Protection Agency is under a court-ordered deadline to propose new rules for ground-level ozone by 1 December. The New York Times reported that the announcement would come on Wednesday.

The new standards represent a victory for public health and environment groups which had sued the Obama administration for rejecting stricter controls for political reasons…………………

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Opinion

Ferguson Protest after Grand Jury

A woman joins the protests in Ferguson after the grand jury decision: ‘The inherent nature of the injustice was not systematic, but systemic.’ Photograph: Xinhua Landov / Barcroft Media

The law may have spoken but the Ferguson verdict is not justice

The fact that people expected a white cop like Darren Wilson to escape trial shows the process is a sham

It is customary, when disturbances follow a verdict of the kind delivered by the Ferguson grand jury, for those in authority to buttress their appeals for calm with a higher calling: the rule of law. Without it there would be chaos; only through it can there be order. As President Barack Obama said on Monday: “We are a nation based on the rule of law so we need to accept that this was the special jury’s decision to make.”

The trouble is that the United States, for far longer than it has been a “nation of laws”, has been a nation of injustice. And in the absence of basic justice such laws can amount to little more than codified tyranny. When a white cop, Darren Wilson, shoots an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, dead and then is not indicted, the contradiction is glaring. For a world where it is not only legal for people to shoot you dead while you walk down the street, but where they can do so in the name of the law, is one in which some feel they have nothing to lose. And, in the words of James Baldwin: “There is nothing so dangerous as a man who has nothing to lose. You do not need 10 men. Only one will do.”

It is through this chasm, between the official claim to an impartial legal system and the reality of endemic racial injustice, that Wilson made his escape, with the flames of Ferguson in hot pursuit. For Wilson was not exonerated. The grand jury decided there was not even “probable cause” to put him on trial. As the website FiveThirtyEight points out, this is very rare. The Bureau of Justice reveals that in 2010 US attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases, and grand juries declined to return an indictment in just 11……………………….

Al Jazerra

Opportunists take advantage of east Ukraine leadership confusion

Opportunists take advantage of east Ukraine leadership confusion

Donetsk sees rotating rebel leadership, while a cast of characters claims small cities and towns around Luhansk

Topics:
International
Ukraine Crisis
Ukraine
Russia

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Bangladesh proposes interning, repatriating up to 270K Rohingya to Myanmar

Bangladesh proposes interning, repatriating up to 270K Rohingya to Myanmar

Official government document reveals many Rohingya could be put in temporary camps, sent back to country they fled

Topics:
International
Bangladesh
Myanmar
Refugees

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The end of Mexican democracy

Opinion

The end of Mexican democracy

With help from the Obama administration, Peña Nieto is brutally reshaping Mexican society

Topics:
Mexico
International
Politics
Drug Cartels

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Violence against women soars in Mexico

Violence against women soars in Mexico

Abductions, rapes and murders of women are higher than ever, as UN calls for end to femicide

Topics:
International
Mexico
Women’s Rights
Torture
Rape
Police
Militarization
Human Rights
Gender
Drug Cartels

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