From Sophie de Oliveira Brata’s Alternative Limb Project
I'm an editor of Japanese translation as THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK by Timothy Ferriss and THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRE by Ben Mezrich and more.
RIGHT NOW! TRAYVON MARTIN PROTESTORS MOVING DUMPSTERS INTO THE STREETS IN LA TO STOP TRAFFIC.
What we do know is that one night an unarmed teenager with no history of violence walked home from the store after buying some candy. What we know is that a stranger with a gun, expressing an immediate hostility that’s clear from the gunman’s own recorded words, and despite later claims of being “terrified” and admonitions by a police dispatcher not to get out of his car and follow the boy, got out of his car and followed the boy. We know that five minutes later the armed man shot the unarmed boy to death, something the defendant would identify as “God’s plan” on a subsequent television interview. Note that so far we haven’t even had to use the words “African-American” or any of the defendant’s vivid euphemisms. Over a month-long trial this factual landscape remained unchallenged by even the defense attorneys because its geography was beyond challenge, leaving us to consider how deep into the trees a jury must go to miss this forest, and how many thousands of years of ethical development it takes to conclude that with every unfolding second, Zimmerman assumed some growing degree of responsibility for whatever the outcome might be of a situation that he alone created.
By the standards of Tombstone 1881 not to mention the nitwitteries of Florida 2013, the utter absolution of Zimmerman in light of such circumstances can only be a kind of civil atrocity.
Outrage, protests over the George Zimmerman ruling
Largely peaceful protests were sparked across the country Sunday by the news that a Florida jury had ruled Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin Saturday night. Protesters in Los Angeles partially shut down southbound 10 Freeway near Crenshaw for a short time before being dispersed by police.
Even President Obama weighed in, calling for calm and reflection following the decision.
Amid all of the tension and emotion surrounding the trial, the prosecution may have doomed itself from the beginning:
Prosecutors could not prove Zimmerman was driven by “ill will or hatred” — the necessary elements of a murder case — when he got out of his vehicle on a rainy night and went after the teenager.
In the confrontation that followed, they also could not prove Zimmerman struck the first blow. If the teenager turned in fear to attack the stranger who was pursuing him, Zimmerman could claim he acted in self-defense. If the jurors were in doubt as to who struck first, they were obliged to hand down an acquittal.
But the ruling may not be the end of Zimmerman’s days in court, as the Justice Department has confirmed it is still looking into the case.
Read more on the latest developments on Nation Now.
Photos: Joshua Trujillo, Ringo H.W. Chiu / Associated Press, Robyn Beck, Mario Tama / AFP/Getty Images
Tens of thousands of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s supporters joined a rally in Istanbul on Sunday. Riot police fired tear gas at anti-government protesters a few miles away.
Meanwhile, two Turkish union federations will stage a one-day nationwide strike on Monday. Three other groups representing doctors, engineers and dentists will also join the strike.
Photo: a supporter of Erdogan watches a rally organized by the ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara on June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer
Turkish man inspires hundreds with silent vigil in Taksim Square Erdem Gunduz – dubbed ‘standing man’ – stages eight-hour vigil and is joined by 300 people during silent protest.
Photograph: Vassil Donev/EPA
Instagrammers Capture Protests in Brazil
Thousands gathered in Brazil’s largest cities starting over the weekend and running through tonight to protest what started as a fight against bus-fare increases and has evolved into one of the biggest movements since the nation’s military dictatorship ended in 1985. Protesters are voicing frustration about a variety of issues, including inflation, government corruption, tax rates and the cost and delays associated with next year’s World Cup soccer tournament.
In São Paulo, thousands took to Avenida Paulista to march and wave Brazilian flags. In Rio de Janeiro, marchers stormed Avenida Rio Branco. In Brasilía, protesters danced atop the roof of the Congresso Nacional. To view more photos, visit the #vemprarua and #protestorj hashtags.
A submerged statue of the Hindu Lord Shiva stands amid the flooded waters of river Ganges in Uttarakhand state on June 17, 2013.
Early monsoon rains swelled India’s longest river, killing at least 150 people and leaving tens of thousands stranded.
Top photos from the past 24 hours.
Picture taken June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer
…up to 200,000 people angry with high costs and poor public services took to the streets. Protesters in Rio de Janeiro burned cars and looted buildings as police attempted to disperse them with teargas and rubber bullets. Aerial images showed thousands of people attempting to storm the congress building in Brasilia. The rallies…are some of the biggest ever seen in the country…