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Why the Protest has gone Global

November 7, 2011, 10:00 AM

What's the Latest Development?

The protest movement that began in Tunisia, spreading to Egypt and then Spain, has now gone global with the protests on Wall Street and across America. Thanks to globalisation and modern technology, social movements now transcend borders as rapidly as ideas can. The common idea here is that the "system" has failed.

What's the Big Idea?

At one level, the protesters ask for little: a chance to use their skills, the right to decent work at decent pay, a fairer economy and society. But, at another level, they are asking for a lot: a democracy where people, not dollars, matter, and a market economy that delivers on what it is supposed to do.


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