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‘Two thousand black churches burned between 1995-2005, but no one paid attention’


Since a massacre on June 17 when a white man killed nine black worshippers at a church bible study in Charleston, South Carolina, the media has reported an explosion of arsons targeting black churches across the US south. However, our Observer says that this rash of fires is not out of the ordinary. In the past twenty years, black churches have been going up in flames monthly, sometimes weekly—it’s just that no one was paying attention. Read more... 
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The Honduras migrants taking the 'train of death' to the US


Some call it 'the train of death', others 'the beast'. Every year, migrants seriously injure themselves after falling from freight trains that they ride through Mexico in pursuit of the American dream. Fearing that other migrants might suffer the same nightmarish fate, victims left mutilated by 'the beast' have rallied together to raise awareness of their plight. Read more...
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How Nestlé wants to privatise water in drought-dry Oregon


Like California, Oregon is facing the worst drought in 300 years. It’s in this context that Swiss giant Nestlé wants to move into a small, economically depressed town and tap local spring water for a bottled water plant. Read more...

"To fight Islamophobia, let’s all draw Muhammad"


As a snub to a prominent Islam-bashing activist, an American blogger launched a campaign asking people to draw pictures of Muhammad… but not the one you are thinking of! Read more...
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Striking amateur videos of the Baltimore riots


Residents of Baltimore have filmed unsettling scenes as rioters and looters took to the streets Monday, following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young man who died from spinal injuries after being taken into police custody. Watch videos…
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Video: US transport security asks disabled man to ‘prove it’


Security officers who patrol San Diego’s public transport system seem to prize the letter of the law over its spirit. A video that has gone viral in the United States shows an officer confiscating a transit pass from a man in a wheelchair. The reason? He was not carrying any proof of his disability. Read more…
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Nine videos that show US police shooting (and often killing) unarmed men


The video of a police officer shooting an unarmed man last weekend in South Carolina (LINK) sent shockwaves around the world. However it is far from being an isolated incident in the United States. FRANCE 24's Observers take a look back at nine cases where officers shot unarmed victims – and were caught on camera. Read more...
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Protester recounts panic in Ferguson: 'It wasn't us!'


The town of Ferguson, Missouri, was once again thrown into the media’s spotlight on Wednesday. Two policemen were seriously wounded by shots fired by unknown assailants. Our Observer describes the tense atmosphere before and after the incident. Read more...
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Kansas town woos modern-day settlers with promise of free land


Much of western Kansas was settled through Abraham Lincoln’s 1862 Homestead Act, which gave away free land to those willing to brave the vast wilderness of the American west. Now, several small towns have resurrected the American dream of free land in order to build themselves futures. Read more...
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