Fear And Tolerance: France At War (Dispatch 1) – Vice News Published on Nov 15, 2015

On Friday evening, eight heavily armed gunmen wearing suicide vests opened fire and detonated bombs at locations across Paris, killing at least 129 people and injuring more than 300 in Europe’s deadliest terrorist attack in over a decade. Soon after, the French government declared a state of emergency and put the capital city on lockdown. Residents of Paris were warned not to leave their homes.

On Saturday, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated assaults. A Syrian passport was found near one of the suicide attackers, and a Greek official later told reporters it belonged to a man entered Europe through Greece in October. French President Francois Hollande referred to the massacre as “an act of war that was committed by a terrorist army, a jihadist army.”

Hours after the attack, VICE News arrived in Paris to witness a city in mourning. At the Place de la République, reaction to the mass killings was mixed. Some French citizens issued pleas for tolerance and unity in the days ahead. Many expressed fear about future Islamic State attacks. And others argued the shootings would inspire a backlash against the ongoing flow of refugees into Europe.

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Paris attacks: Omar Ismaïl Mostefai identified as gunman as getaway vehicle found – live updates

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The Gangs of El Salvador (Trailer) – Vice News Published on Nov 9, 2015

El Salvador is set to eclipse Honduras as the country with the highest homicide rate in the world. By the end of September 2015, there had been around 5000 murders in a country of just over 6 million.

The staggering death toll follows the breakdown of a truce between powerful, rival gangs and the government. El Salvador’s murder rate is now the highest it’s been since the end of the country’s brutal civil war. There is on average one murder an hour.

Police and military are now combatting the gangs head-on and gang members are being charged with a new crime — membership of a terrorist organization.

VICE News correspondent Danny Gold headed to El Salvador to investigate what many are now calling a war between gangs and police.

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At Least 51 of My Colleagues Have Been Murdered Since 2003 – —By Xiomara Orellana | Sat Nov. 7, 2015 6:00 AM EST

This is what it’s like to be an investigative reporter in Honduras.

A masked member of the Barrio 18 gang inside the San Pedro Sula prison in 2013 Esteban Felix/AP


Chamelecón is a neighborhood in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where the streets are lonely and the houses are marked. On one side of the street, two initials stand out on the walls: MS, the familiar scrawl of one of the most feared gangs, or maras, in Honduras: Mara Salvatrucha. Just across the street, another block of homes have the number 18 written on them—the tag for Barrio 18, the rival gang that also has taken up refuge in Chamelecón.

In recent years, the 50,000 people who live in the neighborhood have been terrorized by the maras. It’s a lawless place where entering means risk—especially for a journalist. But that’s my job, so I went to Chamelecón to try to bring this world to my readers at the Diario la Prensa, the newspaper I’ve worked at for the past 10 years in San Pedro Sula, a city that some experts consider to be the most dangerousin the world.

I always go out reporting with a photographer and a driver, and this story was no different. On our way there, we passed through a bunch of the barrios and colonias controlled by the gangsters. People told us not to go beyond the school, because no one would be able to protect us there. But that didn’t stop us. Our mission was to take photos, get a better look at these abandoned streets, and explain how the gang bangers dominate turf and change the lives of thousands of families there.

“Being a journalist in Honduras is for the brave,” my friends like to say—and even more so when you’re reporting on violence, corruption, or drug trafficking.

It was two in the afternoon, and when we arrived a few teens on bikes, and some more hanging out on the street corners, sounded the alarm. Immediately one grabbed his cell. He was a bandera—that’s what they call the kids who tell the gang leaders that there are strangers present. My photographer was taking some shots from inside the vehicle when, just a few minutes later, one of the banderas approached. “What are you looking for?” he asked. We tried to explain our work, but he didn’t give us time to say anything. “You’d better leave, or there will be problems.”

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Surviving ‘Chi-raq’: How communities take a stand against violence – by Sarah Hoye November 3, 2015 1:15PM ET

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CHICAGO – In 2006, 18-year-old Terrell Bosley, who played the bass in several church bands, was helping a friend unload his drum set from his car when shots rang out outside of a church on Chicago’s far South Side.

His mother, Pam Bosley, was preparing dinner while her husband was helping their two other sons with their homework when she got the call that her son had been shot.

“We ran to the church,” she said. “Police was everywhere.”

Later that night, Terrell died at a nearby hospital.

“[Terrell] didn’t do anything wrong. He was in college and working a job, doing so much, doing all the right things,” she said. “And at church, a place that’s supposed to be safe.”

This year, Chicago has had nearly 400 homicides, with most of the victims being young and black. After the bullets, their friends and families are left to heal – and to try to move forward.


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How Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC Covered the Oregon Shooting Before They Knew a Thing About It – By Justin Peters OCT. 1 2015 7:12 PM

First responders transport an injured person following a shooting incident at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon Oct. 1, 2015. Photo by Michael Sullivan/The News-Review via Reuters

First responders transport an injured person following a shooting incident at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon Oct. 1, 2015.
Photo by Michael Sullivan/The News-Review via Reuters

By now, we all know that there’s been another school shooting, this time at Umpqua Community College in southern Oregon. But for what seemed like a very long time this afternoon, that was all we knew. Further details were hard to come by, which posed a challenge to the many journalists who were tasked with reporting on what had—and hadn’t—happened. If you, like me, were toggling between the three main cable news networks this afternoon as they struggled to report the story in a virtual information void, you saw three different and distinct journalistic strategies at work: circumspection, observation, and pontification. Here’s what I glimpsed, and here’s where I saw it.

Shepard Smith anchors Fox News’ coverage of the story this afternoon, and he and Fox correspondent Trace Gallagher are doing their best to refrain from spreading rumors and falsehoods in the absence of any verified information. “We have confirmed the shooter is no longer an active threat. We don’t know if he’s the only shooter,” says Gallagher, who proceeds to note that, in the absence of reliable casualty data from the police, it would be irresponsible to speculate on the number of victims. This is good work from Fox here.

At this point Fox evidently knows very little. The network has no cameras on the scene and no access to other stations’ live feeds, so it’s forced to go low-tech. A breaking-news article from a newspaper called The Union is called up on a big screen, and Smith is literally reading the article out loud, following along with his finger as the camera zooms in on the text. Once this grows tiresome, Smith walks to the other side of the studio, where a map of the Umpqua Community College campus has been magnified to fill an entire wall.  “So the best info that we have at this moment, just about an hour after the first reports came in, is that it started here at Snyder Hall and move on to the Science building,” says Smith as he points at the map, which looks like it was hastily downloaded from the UCC website. “This is about the extent of the information we have at this point.” He lingers on Snyder Hall, as if grabbing for something solid to anchor himself in a torrent. Soon, there’s some new information: “Our information specialist says that [the Umpqua Community College] website is down at the moment.”

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Untested drugs, secret sources: the controversy over executions rages on – Alan Yuhas in New York Thursday 1 October 2015 14.00 EDT

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Untested drugs from secret sources have given an Oklahoma prisoner at least 37 days more to live, as the governor ordered an inquiry into the legality of the drugs and again raised questions about the drugs’ origins.

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About an hour before Richard Glossip’s scheduled execution on Wednesday, governor Mary Fallin issued a 37-day stay due to “last-minute questions” about “Oklahoma’s execution protocol and the chemicals used for lethal injection”. Prison officials intended to kill Glossip, a 52-year-old convicted murderer, with an injection cocktail of a sedative, paralytic and finally a drug to stop the heart.

Only one of the three drugs, the paralytic, is relatively uncontroversial. The sedative midazolam was involved in three prolonged and gruesome executions last year, including the killing of Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett, who writhed and groaned for more than 40 minutes after injections were administered. After Glossip and other inmates argued to the supreme court that the painkiller rendered execution unconstitutionally cruel, the justices decided 5-4 to allow the drug.

But the controversial drug in Glossip’s current case is the third chemical, potassium acetate, which Oklahoma acquired as a substitute for potassium chloride, the salt usually used to overload a human body with potassium and stop the heart. Justice Elena Kagan, who voted against allowing the sedative, noted last year that people have compared the experience of potassium chloride injection to “being burned alive from the inside”.


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Cameron faces scrutiny over drone strikes against Britons in Syria – 0:00 / 4:53 Embed Video footage shows Reyaad Khan, from Cardiff, before he was killed in UK targeted drone strike. Nicholas Watt, Patrick Wintour and Vikram Dodd Tuesday 8 September 2015 03.54 EDT

Prime minister justifies ‘act of self-defence’ in which UK citizens fighting alongside Isis were targeted by an unmanned aerial drone outside formal conflict

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Video footage shows Reyaad Khan, from Cardiff, before he was killed in UK targeted drone strike.

David Cameron is facing questions over Britain’s decision to follow the US model of drone strikes after the prime minister confirmed that the government had authorised an unprecedented aerial strike in Syria that killed two Britons fighting alongside Islamic State (Isis).

Speaking to the Commons on its first day back after the summer break, Cameron justified the strikes on the grounds that Reyaad Khan, a 21-year-old from Cardiff, who had featured in a prominent Isis recruiting video last year, represented a “clear and present danger”.

Two other Isis fighters were killed in the attack on the Syrian city of Raqqa on 21 August, the first time that a UK prime minister has authorised the targeting of a UK citizen by an unmanned aerial drone outside a formal conflict. One of them, Ruhul Amin, 26, was also British. A third Briton, Junaid Hussain, 21, was killed by a separate US airstrike three days later as part of a joint operation.

Cameron disclosed the strikes in a dramatic afternoon statement which had originally been billed as a chance to outline his plans to take thousands of extra refugees from Syria. Downing Street announced on Monday morning that the statement, in which the prime minister confirmed that Britain would take 20,000 refugees over the next five years, would also cover a major counter-terrorism announcement.

The prime minister told MPs: “In an act of self-defence and after meticulous planning Reyaad Khan was killed in a precision airstrike carried out on 21 August by an RAF remotely piloted aircraft while he was travelling in a vehicle in the area of Raqqah in Syria.


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