August 10, 2011

The United Republic of Great Britain !

The Terrorland Report

FINANCIAL crisis has led to violent protests in the United Kingdom of Great Britain this year. The government spends billions on the Royal family, which most of the taxpayers consider an expensive White Elephant. Is the recent wave of protests a catalyst for change in the UK? The Terrorland group blogs would like to see your comments.—Photo via Google

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  1. LONDON (AP) — Each of the young rioters who clogged Britain's courthouses painted a bleak picture of a lost generation: a 15-year-old Ukrainian whose mother died, a 17-year-old who followed his cousin into the mayhem, an 11-year-old arrested for stealing a garbage can.

    Britain is bitterly divided on the reasons behind the riots. Some blame the unrest on opportunistic criminality, while others say conflicting economic policies and punishing government spending cuts have deepened inequalities in the country's most deprived areas.

    Many of the youths themselves struggle to find any plausible answer, but a widespread sense of alienation emerges from their tales.

    "Nobody is doing nothing for us — not the politicians, not the cops, no one," a 19-year-old who lives near Tottenham, the blighted London neighborhood where the riots started.

    Britain has one of the highest violent crime rates in the EU. Roughly 18 percent of youths between 16 and 24 are jobless and nearly half of all black youths are out of work.

    As the government battles colossal government debt with harsh welfare cuts that promise to make the futures of these youths even bleaker, some experts say it's narrow-minded to believe the riots have only been a random outburst of violence unrelated to the current economic crisis.

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