In the News, Sweden: “Swedish police say unrest erupted overnight in Goteborg, the country’s second largest city, as several officers were attacked by youths hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails.”
Spain: “Pope Benedict XVI is in the Spanish capital, Madrid, to celebrate World Youth Day (WYD), a Catholic festival bringing together young pilgrims from around the world…. More than 100 groups opposed to the Pope’s visit protested…. Protesters walked into the old city centre, shouting: ‘Nothing for the Pope from my taxes….’ Spain is going through its worst economic crisis in decades, with its 21% unemployment rate [and the youth unemployment rate at 43%], the highest in the EU.”
United Kingdom: “U.K. judges have been handing down tough sentences in the wake of last’s week protests—including two four-year terms for Facebook posts. … Figures published today by the Justice Ministry show 1,277 suspects had appeared in the dock by noon Tuesday in connection with the riots. Overwhelmingly the suspects were male, and 21 percent were under 18.”
“Le Monde,” France: “Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Italy, Greece, Spain, Britain, Israel, and the list of countries with rebellious youth continues to grow. Instead of sports events and music festivals, the unifying element now is unemployment, disorder, fears of today, and worries about tomorrow.
My Comment: Governments can no longer rule over people, who feel capable of governing themselves because the world has switched from the individual, egoistic connection (where governance was done by a vertical line) to the mutual interconnection (where governance is done by a roundtable).