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G8 riots erupt in Germany.

"G8 riots erupt in Germany". This headline story is taken from the FT.com weekend edition.

Demonstrations against globalization have provided a near constant backdrop to world business and trade organization summits in recent years. It's still hard for me to understand what to make of all of this. Having never witnessed one of these stand-offs close up, I'm left with impressions gained through news reports.

There is a lot of anger being voiced over the perceived aims of globalization and the damage done to local environments, livelihoods, and cultures in the age of multinational corporate trade. It seems that the protests attract a lot of young people who feel disenfranchised and left without a voice or a vote on such matters.

Here's more on the anti-globablization movement from Wikipedia.

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