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Dec 8, 2014

New York protest organizers look to keep momentum from fading

NEW York (Reuters) – Organizers of New York City’s protests against police violence huddled on Sunday to explore fresh ways to keep people engaged in the struggle, mindful that the tide of demonstrators has ebbed over the last couple of days.

One plan is to take the demonstrations to the Barclays Center sports arena on Monday, where Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate will see the Brooklyn Nets basketball team play against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Dec 7, 2014

Protests slow in New York after funeral for slain black man

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A fourth night of demonstrations against police violence got off to a slow start on a rain-soaked Saturday in New York, after mourners held a funeral for a black man shot dead by a white police officer in the stairwell of a Brooklyn apartment house.

The shooting of Akai Gurley, 28, at a public housing project last month was the latest in a series of incidents fuelling outrage over what protesters say is a pattern of excessive force being used by law enforcement against African-Americans.

Dec 7, 2014

More protests expected after funeral of Brooklyn man shot by police

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A fourth evening of demonstrations against police violence was expected in New York on Saturday after the funeral of a black man who was unarmed when he was shot dead by a police officer in a darkened stairwell of a Brooklyn apartment building.

The shooting of Akai Gurley, 28, by a New York city police officer at a city housing project last month is the latest in a series of incidents fueling public outrage over what many see as a pattern of callous misuse of lethal force against minority groups.

Dec 6, 2014
via India Insight

Short skirts, bad stars, chow mein: Why men in India rape women

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The 2012 Delhi bus rape case and an ever-longer list of rapes and murders in India have prompted politicians and public figures in India to cite plenty of implausible reasons why rape happens and why men brutalise women or portray women in ways that suggest they had it coming. Many people, when speaking out, tend to minimise the crime or rationalise it in ways that sound ludicrous to many. We created this list of such comments more than a year ago, but it seems like it’s time to add some new entries.

(Updated December 6, 2014) Sachchidananda Babu, a Bangalore-based astrologer, said on a TV show that zodiac signs predict how women might get sexually abused, and even suggested a mantra for self-protection. He said zodiac signs can also reveal the age of the victim and the place at which the sexual assault may happen: Aries women are likely to get assaulted in a bathroom while Capricorns would be victimized by their father, mother or a colleague. Babu lodged a complaint with the police after an activist launched a Facebook page condemning his predictions. (Deccan Chronicle)

Dec 6, 2014

Protests against police violence flare for third night in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Protesters in New York and other cities staged a third night of rallies on Friday, denouncing the use of deadly force by police against minorities, even as prosecutors said they would consider charges against an officer in the fatal shooting of a unarmed black man in November.

The slaying of Akai Gurley, 28, gunned down in a dimly lit stairwell in the New York borough of Brooklyn, was the latest in a string of lethal police actions feeding U.S. public outrage over what many perceive as racially based violence by law enforcement.

Dec 5, 2014

Outrage grows in New York after officer cleared in chokehold death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The outrage over a grand jury’s
decision not to indict a New York police officer in the
chokehold death of an unarmed black man showed no sign of
abating on Friday, as activists promised a fresh round of
protests.

The city was also preparing for the funeral Friday of an
unarmed black man who was shot dead by a police officer last
month in a dark stairwell in Brooklyn. Police say the shooting
was unintentional.

Dec 5, 2014

New York prepares for man’s funeral after second day of protests

NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) – New York prepared for the
funeral Friday of a man apparently inadvertently shot by a
policeman in a dark stairwell, after further protests over a
grand jury decision not to indict another officer for the
chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

The city has seen two nights of largely peaceful
demonstrations after no charges were brought against New York
Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo for his role in a
confrontation that killed Eric Garner, a father of six. A
bystander recorded the incident on video.

Dec 5, 2014

Marchers again swarm New York to protest death at hands of police

NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) – People swarmed the streets of
New York and other cities for a second night to protest a grand
jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the
death of an unarmed black man.

The wave of protests began after no charges were brought
against Officer Daniel Pantaleo for his role in a confrontation
that killed Eric Garner. A bystander caught the incident on a
video that has been shown repeatedly.

Dec 5, 2014

Marchers swarm NYC in second night of protests over chokehold death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mostly peaceful protests flared for a second night on Thursday over a New York grand jury’s decision declining to bring criminal charges against a white police officer in the choking death of an unarmed black man.

The reaction in New York and other cities to Wednesday’s decision not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo for his role in the videotaped confrontation that left 43-year-old Eric Garner dead echoed a wave of outrage sparked nine days earlier by a similar outcome in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman in Missouri.

Aug 4, 2013
via India Insight

India’s Telangana fight explores new frontiers in political attack ads

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(Note to readers: contains slightly graphic language and an aggressively provocative image.)

Dear American political consultants: you might think you know how to produce negative political attack ads, but you have much to learn. Caravan magazine’s senior editor Jonathan Shainin on Sunday shared on Twitter what he called “Unquestionably the greatest political poster of all time.” I admit that I have made no broad study, but this ad, coming from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, seems to me to break some kind of sound barrier in the business. (Correction: I cannot confirm that this ad appeared in Hyderabad. A readers whose comment appears below tells  me that the ad appears in Tanuku in West Godavari District)