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Newsflash: Int’l Meeting On Rohingya Crisis, ISIS Claims Saudi Bombing, ACLU Finds Racist Policing in Minneapolis

Uprising’s guest expert Cristina Mislan, Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies, Missouri School of Journalism, analyzes today’s news headlines:

An international meeting took place in Bangkok earlier today to discuss the crisis of Rohingya refugees. The Rohingya are a Muslim minority from Myanmar who have been escaping persecution only to risk their lives at sea as they attempt to reach Malaysia and other nations. Representatives from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met with officials from the US, Switzerland, and the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. The Myanmar government threatened to boycott the talks if the word “Rohingya” was used but attended in the end. Responding to criticism, Myanmar’s representative U Htin Lynn refused to accept responsibility and accused the attendees of “singling” out his country. Meanwhile, members of ASEAN agreed to increase efforts to search and rescue the thousands of migrants still stranded at sea. Myanmar announced that its Navy had seized a boat with 700 people on board. Click HERE for a NY Times and HERE for a Reuters article on this show.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a bombing in Saudi Arabia that killed three people. The attack took place in the parking lot of a Shia mosque earlier today when a suicide bomber dressed as a woman was thwarted from entering the building. The incident comes a week after a deadly attack killed 21 people and injured nearly 100 at another mosque. ISIS appears to be trying to foment violence between Saudi Arabia’s Sunni and Shia populations in an effort to destabilize the monarchy. The situation is ironic given that Saudi Arabia was one of several nations that supplied Syrian rebels with arms, many of which flowed to ISIS soldiers. Click HERE for a CNN.com and HERE for a The Guardian article on this show.

And finally here in the US, the ACLU has just released a report on policing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The report analyzed arrest records obtained by the civil liberties group over a 2-year period. It found that African Americans were nearly 9 times more likely to be arrested for low-level offences than whites. A similar statistic emerged for Native Americans. A whopping 40% of all arrests were of young people violating curfew. Minneapolis requires teens between 15 and 17 years of age to be indoors past 11 pm. But 56% of those arrested for curfew violations were Black teens. The report emerged after a high profile case came to light of 4 youth of Somali descent were pulled over by a cop on suspicion of driving a stolen car. The car was legally theirs. A video of the encounter revealed the officer in question threatening to break one of the teenager’s legs and justifying the arrest just because “I feel like arresting you.” Click HERE for a The Guardian and HERE for the ACLU report on this story.