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Ferguson's fury as seen from afar

The people at Vox and Slate offered a satirical take on how the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, would be covered overseas if writers used American newswriting techniques and cliches.

FERGUSON – Chinese and Russian officials are warning of a potential humanitarian crisis in the restive American province of Missouri, where ancient communal tensions have boiled over into full-blown violence.

The crisis began in a remote Missouri village that has been a hotbed of sectarian tension.

State security forces shot and killed an unarmed man, which regional analysts say has angered the local population by surfacing deep-seated sectarian grievances.

Regime security forces cracked down brutally on largely peaceful protests, worsening the crisis.

Missouri is ostensibly ruled by a charismatic but troubled official named Jay Nixon, who has appeared unable to successfully intervene. Complicating matters, President Obama is himself a member of the minority sect protesting in Ferguson, which is ruled overwhelmingly by members of America's majority “white people” sect.

Now, international leaders say they fear the crisis could spread....

Though Missouri is infamous abroad for its simmering sectarian tensions and brutal regime crackdowns, foreign visitors here are greeted warmly and with hospitality.

A lawless expanse of dogwood trees and beer breweries, Missouri is located in a central United States region that Americans refer to, curiously, as the “MidWest” though it is nearer to the country's east.

It is known among Americans as the home of Mark Twain, a provincial writer from the country's small but cherished literary culture, and as the originator of Budweiser, a traditional American alcoholic beverage.

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