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Italy's Ugly Exception: Why The Occupy Movement Turned Violent Only In Rome

Essay: Why was Rome the only place where the global "Occupy" and "Indignados" protests turned violent? La Stampa editor Mario Calabresi sees Italy's troubled historical relationship between social protest and v

Fire set Saturday in Rome, video image (paofredi)
Fire set Saturday in Rome, video image (paofredi)
Mario Calabresi

This past weekend, in 951 cities in 82 countries worldwide, citizens of every age, but mainly young people, rallied against a global economic system where governments save banks rather than citizens from bankruptcy. They have called themselves the Indignados, a moniker taken from the Spanish demonstrators who last spring occupied the central square Puerta del Sol, in Spain's capital Madrid, to denounce rising unemployment, spreading economic uncertainty and the privileges of the financial elites. In Italy, we call them the Indignati

Now, protests have spread across the world. In most recent weeks, the cameras have focused on New York and the occupants of Zuccotti Park, a square just a few blocks from Wall Street. There, the demonstrators have built a small camp to show the differences between the average person, who is suffering from the crisis, and the bankers who are once again receiving million-dollar bonuses. The mobilization in the U.S. has proceeded largely without incident. When accused by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg of dirtying the area, the occupants cleaned it up.

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End Of Roe v. Wade, The World Is Watching

As the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights, many fear an imminent threat to abortion rights in the U.S. But in other countries, the global fight for sexual and reproductive rights is going in different directions.

"Don't abort my right" At 2019 pro-choice march In Toulouse, France.

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Hannah Steinkopf-Frank and Sophia Constantino

PARIS — Nearly 50 years after it ensured the right to abortion to Americans, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, meaning that millions of women in the U.S. may lose their constitutional right to abortion.

The groundbreaking decision is likely to set off a range of restrictions on abortion access in multiple states in the U.S., half of which are expected to implement new bans on the procedure. Thirteen have already passed "trigger laws" that will automatically make abortion illegal.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the ruling "a tragic error" and urged individual states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

In a country divided on such a polarizing topic, the decision is likely to cause major shifts in American law and undoubtedly spark outrage among the country’s pro-choice groups. Yet the impact of such a momentous shift, like others in the United States, is also likely to reverberate around the world — and perhaps, eventually, back again in the 50 States.

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