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Thursday protests in Minneapolis over the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case.
Thursday protests in Minneapolis over the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case.
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Friday, December 5, 2014

NEW CEASEFIRE ATTEMPT IN UKRAINE
The Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels in eastern parts of the country agreed yesterday to a new ceasefire starting Dec. 9, under the terms of a deal reached three months ago in Minsk, AFP reports. Under the agreement, Kiev will begin withdrawing heavy weapons from the eastern frontline on Dec. 10. Previous failed attempts at peace suggest any truce is tenuous, especially around the strategically crucial Donetsk airport. More than 4,300 people are believed to have died since the conflict escalated 8 months ago.

OUTRAGE CONTINUES OVER POLICE TACTICS
Demonstrators in Minneapolis shut down the Northbound lanes of I-35W, as thousands of protesters poured out in cities across the country last night in a show of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case. The consequences of the Staten Island grand jury's decision not to bring charges against 29-year-old officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July 17 death of 43-year-old African-American Eric Garner continue to be felt nationwide. The jury found no evidence of possible criminal activity in the death of Garner, who was placed in a chokehold, although he repeated "I can't breathe" — a phrase that has become a rallying cry for protesters.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

Protesters against the war in Ukraine demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in London

Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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