27 Nov

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Calmer night in Ferguson as heavily armed police prevent repeat of violence


Michael Brown parents

Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr, the parents of teenager Michael Brown. The family could decide to file suit against Darren Wilson or the Ferguson police department. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

How Michael Brown’s family could still file a lawsuit against Darren Wilson

Despite grand jury decision, teenager’s family may file wrongful death lawsuit, in federal or state court, against Wilson or the Ferguson police department

Darren Wilson may not be facing criminal prosecution over the shooting death of Michael Brown, but the teenager’s family may be considering pursuing legal damages in a civil suit.

If they do decide to go that route, the family’s first option would be to file suit against Wilson or the Ferguson police department or both for wrongful death in a state court. If they did that, the case would most likely be heard in nearby Clayton, Missouri, in the same courthouse where the grand jury that declined to indict Wilson sat.

The other option is to sue in federal court, for what is known as a “1983” violation (named for its place in federal law, Title 42 Section 1983 of the US code, not the year), which means a deprivation of civil rights. This would be filed in the US district court for the eastern district of Missouri, in St Louis………………



12 year old

Video of Tamir Rice shooting shows moment police kill ‘peace-loving’ boy

Cleveland police release video at request of 12-year-old boy’s family that shows moment squad car pulls up to child wielding fake toy gun

The Cleveland police department released surveillance footage on Wednesday showing the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy in a city park on Saturday. The video, released in both real-time and frame-by-frame versions, shows Tamir Rice hanging out in a park by himself, occasionally pointing what was later revealed as a BB gun in different directions, including at a passerby whose likeness is blurred.

After talking on his phone and kicking up snow, Rice sits inside a gazebo until a squad car pulls up. Rice then stands and appears to point the gun at two officers moments before they shoot him in the torso. Because the squad car conceals Rice’s body, it is unclear at what point he is shot by police. A red circle in one of the videos shows his raised arm above the car with the gun in his hand. He died the next day…………………..


Chuck Hagel

Privately, one official confirmed that Chuck Hagel’s departure was all ‘about the politics’ of national security during the final phase of the Obama presidency. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Death by platitude: Chuck Hagel’s exit hints at Obama’s widening military ambitions

Rumours abound that Hagel was forced out because his job of winding down US military engagement was rapidly becoming one of winding it back up again


Young men demonstrate in Cairo, Egypt, against the protest law

Young men demonstrate in Cairo, Egypt, against a law banning protests without prior notice. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media

Egyptian court sentences 78 children to jail for protesting against regime

Authorities said the teenage boys joined Muslim Brotherhood rallies calling for the return of ousted president Mohamed Morsi

An Egyptian court has sentenced 78 children to between two and five years in prison for taking part in demonstrations calling for the return of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, judicial sources said.

The authorities have engaged in a crackdown on Morsi’s supporters since his overthrow by the army last year, with hundreds jailed in mass trials which the United Nations has described as “unprecedented in recent history”.

On Wednesday, a court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria sentenced 78 teenage boys aged from 13 to 17 for joining Muslim Brotherhood rallies during the past three months, a judicial official said……………..

Al Jazerra

Israeli bus hits Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli bus hits Palestinians in West Bank

One Palestinian killed, two others injured after they were run over by bus with Israeli license plate in Bartaa village

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


Christian village welcomes fleeing Tatar Muslims


Fleeing repression after Russia annexed Crimea, Muslims find a home in a Catholic village, but major challenges remain

Ukraine Crisis
Human Rights


US drone strike in Pakistan kills five suspected Taliban fighters

US drone strike in Pakistan kills five suspected Taliban fighters

Strike follows critical report on number of innocent civilians killed in US drone strikes




Power speaks from Ferguson

Power speaks from Ferguson

From Robert McCulloch to President Obama, we heard the voice of white supremacy on Monday night

What I saw watching St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch finally speak on Monday night, after making everyone wait on tenterhooks, was a carefully orchestrated performance: the posture of casual but absolute power along with the recognition that it cannot be stemmed. He challenged the most vulnerable of Ferguson’s citizens to wait, to watch, to listen and to respond. Disorder was not to be feared but stoked. To show the world — and most of all, Ferguson’s black residents — that those who resist are still nothing more than a coerced and ultimately socially abandoned community, determined the timing and form of his announcement.

It was not the nonindictment against police officer Darren Wilson that shocked. That was expected.

After all, the recent and unredressed deaths of unarmed blacks at the hands of police — Michael Brown, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Tanesha Anderson, Akai Gurley and Tamir Rice and the others, many others — how could this shooting of a black man by a white police officer be punished? Even our president cannily reminded us, yet again, as he did with Trayvon Martin, of the rule of law and urged our calm acceptance of it. “Violence is not the answer,” he said.

How do we understand the rule of law in a country with such a long history of legal stigma, obligatory degradation and state-sanctioned violence? Obama’s cold logic, polished reasonableness and immaculate condescension sounded like madness (How can anyone speak like this at a time like this?). He spoke as if to rescue a dying country, where rescue means nothing, not now.



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