TIME Crime

Dick Gregory Compares Ferguson to the Civil Rights Movement

St. Louis native and Civil Rights activist Dick Gregory describes the pain coming from the Ferguson community.

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Correction appended: Aug. 12, 2014, 12:05 a.m. E.T.

Activist and comedian Dick Gregory was shot in the leg during Los Angeles’ Watts Riots in 1965. Almost 50 years later, he says the anger and frustration felt by the Watts rioters then are the same sentiments felt by the community in Ferguson, Mo., now.

The only thing different this time, Gregory says, is the ability to show the images across the world instantaneously.

“All over America, they’re saying this situation is happening ‘in St. Louis,'” Gregory says. “But people that don’t live in America say, ‘Did you see what’s going on in America?'”

Additional reporting:

Jon Lowenstein
Nicholas Weissman
Jeremy Levine

Correction: The original version of this story misidentified the state Ferguson is in.

TIME Crime

‘If You’re Scared, Go Home': Countdown to Curfew on the Streets of Ferguson

A TIME camera crew stayed with demonstrators and protestors deciding whether to flee or fight, as Ferguson braced for the clock to strike midnight

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Governor Jay Nixon set the curfew to begin at midnight. After that, all people out on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri—whether looting, peacefully protesting, or otherwise—would be breaking the law.

TIME stayed on the streets of the St Louis suburb Saturday night, filming locals as they debated whether to go home—as the police urged them to—or to stay and resist the will of the authorities. Throughout the day, legal advocates passed out instructions in case of mass arrest, and community leaders tried to urge protesters to obey the curfew.

But to some present, remaining on the streets after the moratorium fell took on a greater symbolic meaning than simply protesting the death of Mike Brown, the black teenager shot by police a week earlier. It was about not being told what to do; about resisting the might of the state.

Starting at 8:30 p.m. self-appointed ‘peacekeepers’ who wanted to avoid confrontation stopped trying to convince others to follow the curfew, and began filtering out. The vast majority of demonstrators did the same, leaving the streets to small bands of protestors determined not to give in to the demands of law enforcement officials.

At midnight the police began to ready themselves. At 12:30 the confrontation began.

TIME Crime

Echoes of History Resound in Ferguson, Mo. Unrest

Frustration in a St Louis suburb after the shooting of a black teen has led to violence. But the roots of the anger are embedded in the past

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The death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. has once again raised questions about the use of excessive force by law enforcement.

But on a broader scale, it’s brought back to America’s attention the often fraught relationship between law enforcement and the communities they police – especially when those communities are largely impoverished, and mostly African-American.

A look at the history of race-related unrest in the U.S. — from the 1919 race riots in Chicago to Los Angeles’ infamous Rodney King riots in 1992 — shows that what is playing out on the streets of Ferguson is just the latest chapter in a long and troubled story.

TIME weather

California Is the State of Emergencies

Mudslides, drought, fires and flooding have made the most populous state in the Union a difficult place to live this year

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Seven months ago, California’s historic drought prompted governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

As the farmland-rich Central Valley remained parched, wildfires ravaged Northern and Southern California. Elsewhere in the state, mudslides washed away homes. Then there was a water main break that wasted up to 20 million gallons of water and flooded the UCLA campus.

There’s simply no way around it: California — the most populous state in the Union — is going through some tough times.

TIME Sports

Nike, Apple, and Coke: LeBron James is a Global Brand

LeBron James has transcended NBA professional to become a global powerhouse

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From the very outset of his career, LeBron James has sought to be more than one of the world’s best basketball players — he has tried to be a global icon and a billionaire athlete.

He hasn’t yet achieved the latter, but there can be no doubt that LeBron James is a global brand.

This is how LeBron James the athlete partnered with a number of prominent companies like Nike, Apple, and Coca-Cola to earn cred as LeBron James, The Businessman.

 

 

TIME celebrities

How I Made My First Million: Richard Branson

The tycoon's journey to a million started from an unlikely source: The Exorcist

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British business tycoon Richard Branson is living proof that with enough money, the sky’s the limit. And sometimes not even the sky: his Virgin Group launched a business called Virgin Galactic, which plans to carry wealthy “space tourists” all the way into orbit.

Worth an estimated $5 billion, Branson has used his fortune not just to indulge in expensive hobbies but also to fund a host of humanitarian initiatives.

So how did he make his first million way back when? Believe it or not, there’s a connection to the 1973 horror film The Exorcist.

TIME Middle East

The History of Israel’s Powerful Military

Since 1948, the Israel Defense Forces has been the country's only line of defense. The men and women who make up the IDF are some of the most well-trained combatants in the world. Here's a look at Israel’s highly effective and sometimes controversial military

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The men and women who make up the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are some of the most highly trained in the world. By land, air, and sea, the IDF’s major objective is to protect the state of Israel.

The IDF was founded in May 1948 by Israel’s then Defense Minister David Ben-Gurion. A conscript force, it helped Israel win the 1948 Arab-Israeli war known there as the “War of Independence.”

The army’s public face has changed greatly in the decades since then. Today, the IDF’s social media presence is huge. They have more than 300,000 Twitter followers and an active Instagram page updated with politically charged memes and photos.

TIME Science

45 Years Later: Remembering the First Moon Landing

The mission that made space history

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Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly described which Apollo 11 crew members walked on the moon.

On July 16, 1969, a small group of astronauts took one small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind.

It’s been 45 years since Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first people to walk on the moon, leaving those back on Earth to stare at their television screens in awe. The men spent two hours collecting lunar rocks to bring back home to Earth to study.

To commemorate the milestone, the Slooh Space Camera will broadcast live footage from the moon on Sunday, July 20, at 8:30 E.T.

TIME Immigration

Honduras President: The War on Drugs Is Causing the U.S. Immigration Problem

Honduras' president says the War on Drugs is contributing to the influx of Central Americans illegally migrating to the U.S.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security deported 38 Hondurans – all women and children – this week who migrated to the country illegally. They had been held in a detention facility in New Mexico.

The migrants went back to San Pedro Sula, otherwise known as the murder capital of the world.

Honduran President Juan Hernandez said Tuesday that the reason for a Honduran exodus to the north isn’t economic poverty, but U.S. drug policy. “The root cause is that the United States and Colombia carried out big operations in the fight against drugs,” Hernandez said. “Then Mexico did it.”

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