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World's major human rights abusers giddy over Ferguson

World's Major Human Rights Abusers Giddy Over Ferguson
The images out of Ferguson, Missouri, this past week - replete with tear gas and police in riot gear - have not only prompted vigorous debates here in the U.S.

They're also provoking an almost giddy reaction from some of the world's most notorious human rights offenders.

"We're currently in Ferguson, where tensions have been flying high ever since Saturday when 18-year-old Michael Brown who was killed by multiple shots by police officers." (Video via RT)

That Hollywood-style report was from Kremlin-backed TV network RT. RT has been characterizing the St. Louis protests as a "nationwide" phenomenon.

RT isn't alone. The protests are getting prime-time coverage across other Russian television networks as well.

There are some obvious comparisons missing from these stories. Naturally, Moscow's deadly 2010 race riots and widespread allegations of police brutality in Russia aren't mentioned.

But it's not just Russian media weighing in on Ferguson. China and Iran have also used the opportunity to promote their own anti-American propaganda.

As Vox's Max Fisher joked: "Senior staff at China's foreign ministry popping champagne for the anti-American mileage they will get out of Ferguson crackdown. For years."

Sure enough, China's state-run news agency published this biting commentary suggesting the U.S."concentrate on solving its own problems rather than always pointing fingers at others."

This, from a country that frequently witnesses ethnic riots between police and Muslims who say they're oppressed by the government.

And in Iran - it wasn't the destructive earthquake that injured hundreds that made top billing on the state-run agency's site Monday. Instead, the Ferguson protests were front and center.

The Twitter account thought to be run by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei also had a lot to say on the subject. One tweet called the U.S. the "biggest violator of #HumanRights" - an interesting stance to take on Twitter considering Iran doesn't even allow its citizens to use the social media site.

Still, while it may be easy to dismiss the judgment coming from Iran, China and Russia as hypocritical propaganda, how the U.S. is perceived abroad does have an impact.

Perhaps Julia Ioffe at The New Republic sums up the global criticism best: "Like it or not, this is what the world is seeing, the world to which we strive to be an example."

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moradadavislodi August 18 2014 at 9:08 PM

But you see, these problems wouldn't exist in Iran, Russia or China. Those protesters would have been pick up, transported, and never heard from again. That's why so many people are trying to get into America, and OUT of Iran, China and Russia.

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Relevant Data moradadavislodi August 18 2014 at 10:26 PM

Yea, they are streaming into places like Detroit to find work, right? Maybe some prefer Chicago and other bankrupt cities where they will be likely shot.

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pboucard50 moradadavislodi August 19 2014 at 5:01 AM

moradadavislodi, wake up, get some coffee and whatever else you need to take then you can join the rest of the world with open eyes.

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gtmotat August 18 2014 at 11:54 PM

A week of pandering to these criminals and looters calling for the policeman's head what do we expect. This scum is making our country a laughing stock!

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gordonafg August 18 2014 at 10:01 PM

Let them deal with blacks. They should open their country to Africans. Wait 10 years, and they will have riots too

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barbgre1 August 18 2014 at 11:14 PM

Obama must be jumping for joy....he's managing to make America look worse every chance he gets.

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sssprayfoam August 18 2014 at 8:52 PM

Yes lets show the world what kind of animals we have over here

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shadyobama August 19 2014 at 12:01 AM


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JEFF August 18 2014 at 8:46 PM


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Bernie JEFF August 18 2014 at 8:50 PM

Who is paying for the shirts, signs and saying that they are protesters. I think they are looters .. Put it were it is. They are not wrong but let the Government do there thing

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cwest200 Bernie August 19 2014 at 1:08 AM

Who is paying for your welfare check or food stamps? I say some of those who are protesting for the murder victim are. Please crawl back in your hole and hibernate or disintegrate. You are no better the the cop who pulled the trigger.

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fwlrcj Bernie August 19 2014 at 9:25 AM

The drug lords who are really controling those neighborhoods. Wake up

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cwest200 JEFF August 19 2014 at 1:08 AM

Only after you go to hell!

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darlastar44 cwest200 August 19 2014 at 12:53 PM

this person sounds like a real jerk. you like obama then you are a real jerk

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skydrop007 August 18 2014 at 9:34 PM

Obama = moran

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derralh August 18 2014 at 11:22 PM

we should do the same thing Russia and China would do to the looters and protesters

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jtobend August 18 2014 at 11:36 PM


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