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Issue No. 2445

Hypocrisy over cop shootings

US president Barack Obama rushed to condemn the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, last week.

The cops were shot and wounded while policing a demonstration against police brutality and racism. 

Obama said whoever fired the shots “are criminals, they need to be arrested”.

Black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by cop Darren Wilson in Ferguson last August. A grand jury found that no crime had been committed.

Jeffrey Williams has been arrested. He admitted participating in the gunfire last week, but says he was far from the protest and was aiming at other individuals.

US ramps up Ukraine tensions

The US will send another £50 million of “non lethal” military aid to bolster the Ukrainian government’s war with Russian separatists in the country’s south east.

US Congress has been pressuring president Barack Obama to send “lethal aid”. 

The batch includes hand launched Raven drones, 30 heavily armoured Humvee cars and 200 regular ones. 

Obama sanctions Venezuela

The US last week imposed sanctions on seven top Venezuelan officials in response to alleged human rights violations in Venezuela.

These include the arrest of opposition politicians accused of plotting a coup, and the policing of anti-government demonstrations.

These violent hard right “protests” led to over 40 deaths.

President Nicolas Maduro responded by promoting one of the seven officials, General Gustavo Gonzalez, to interior minister. Parliament also granted him the power to rule by decree until 31 December.

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