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Originally posted by burdman30ott6
I will never understand riots like this. You're complaining about a high cost of living and low wages, so what do you do? Riot and force businesses to close and tourists, your #1 source of income, to flee. Hellow even higher prices and no wages... It seems ill-concieved at best.
On February 12, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair told Congress that the global economic crisis was the most serious security challenge facing the United States and that it could topple governments and trigger waves of refugees, the Los Angeles Times reported.
A week later, the French government was sending police reinforcements to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe after a month of strikes and protests over low pay and high prices followed by clashes between police and protesters.
"Underlying much of the unrest in Guadeloupe and Martinique is anger within the local Afro-Caribbean community ... that the vast majority of wealth and land remain in the hands of colonist descendants," noted Al Jazeera.
Across much of the world, and much of Latin America in particular, the global economic crisis is going to play out against a legacy of extreme inequality and poverty. The unrest in Guadeloupe may be a preview of what's coming worldwide if there isn't a change in Washington's priorities.