RT America -- August 22, 2014
The unrest in Ferguson, MO thrust the issue of unequal treatment of minorities into the national spotlight. In just the last month, at least five unarmed African-American men were killed by law enforcement, and many view these deaths as part of a larger trend that would have continued to be ignored had it not been for the chaos that erupted in America’s heartland with the death of Michael Brown. RT’s Marina Portnaya examines the harassment and unequal treatment that many blacks continue to suffer through in the 21st century.
A suicide bomber targeted a Sunni mosque in Iraq’s Diyala province on Friday, killing at least 50 people and injuring 50 more. The attack is the latest instance of violence in the war-torn country, and highlights the danger posed by radical militants, including those from the Islamic State. To combat the growing IS threat, the US conducted several rounds of airstrikes against the group earlier this week in coordination with Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga ground forces, with some success in halting the radical’s progress. Heightened US involvement may have drawbacks, however, as Robert Naiman, policy director of Just Foreign Policy, explains to RT’s Ameera David.