Sunday, October 30, 2011

A New Generation Wakes Up - Globally. A "ticking time bomb"

A new generation has awakened politically (remember when it was our generation and the trigger was Vietnam?).

Austerity and the lack of jobs has kids globally demanding change from their politicians...

In Spain, it was OK for kids to sleep in the square overnight, waiting for Justin Bieber tickets. But when it was for economic reforms and jobs, the police drove them out at 4 a.m. It struck young people as discriminatory and unfair -- when youth unemployment is 44%!

"The youth of Puerta del Sol have taken some of their inspiration from the youth of the Arab Spring. Both groups have directly inspired young members of the "Occupy Wall Street" protests in America. Indeed, from Latin America to the Middle East to China, the issue of jobless youth has become a worrisome global trend – what one British minister calls a "ticking time bomb."

Said one: "We need a Franklin Roosevelt and what we've got are a bunch of Herbert Hoovers," says Karim Emile Bitar, at the Institute for International and Strategic Relations in Paris."

And this analysis: "...says José Ignacio Torreblanca of the Madrid office of the European Council on Foreign Relations. "But they see the political class as closed, opaque, corrupt, insensitive. All polls show a wide feeling among youth that the political class and elites are a problem."

So are the youth going left or right? "The protesters, highly educated but often unemployed, shot back that, yes, they were Ni-Nis – they supported neither center-left Socialists, nor the center-right Popular Party, something akin in the US to a pox on both Democratic and Republican houses."

Sound familiar?

Standby for interesting times ahead as a new generation demands jobs and economic justice...worldwide.

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