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Israel’s ‘Indignados’: How The Popular Protests Look To Palestinians

Some Palestinians take pride in knowing the ongoing protests in Israel were inspired by revolts in the Arab World. But others fear the demonstrations could justify more Israeli settlements – or even a violent crackdown -- in Palestinian territory.

Israeli protestors are complaining among other things of high food and housing prices
Israeli protestors are complaining among other things of high food and housing prices
Véronique Falez

RAMALLAH -- The echo of large Israeli demonstrations for social justice seems far away from the streets of Ramallah, the economic capital of the West Bank. Frankly speaking, many Palestinians during this month of Ramadan have not given the matter much thought.

"Their protests don't affect me. It's not inherently political as in Tunisia or Egypt, but rather about rent prices," said Majdal Nijem, a 22-year-old student, who along with others launched a Facebook group last March to urge Hamas and Fatah to reconcile in the midst of the Arab Spring. "Since they don't have the security problems that Palestinians do, they are more able to focus on internal problems."

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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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