London quiet, other UK cities clean up after looting

LONDON – The capital was largely quiet on the eve of 9 August with some 16,000 police sent onto the streets in a show of force in districts where gangs had looted shops, burned cars and buildings had been virtually unchecked since Saturday 6 August when the riots behgan. Last night in Manchester, groups of […]

London riots almost overshadow world markets

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The spread of London’s riots to more parts of the city and to other cities is the headline news Tuesday 9 August, not just in the UK but in most English-speaking countries, overtaking news of stock markets diving and the continuing fall of the dollar and the euro in currency markets. London’s […]

London “disorder” spreads, officials point to copycat violence

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Tottenham’s night of violence in the north of London, sparked by the death of a man shot by police, spread Sunday to several other London suburbs: Enfield, Walthamstow and Waltham Forest in north London, Brixton to the south, according to the BBC. Police have been the target of much of what the […]

Vancouver riots over Stanley Cup loss

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Vancouver’s mayor called it “embarrassing and shameful” after frenzied ice hockey fans angry over the 4-0 loss of the Vancouver Canucks to the Boston Bruins in the finals of the Stanley Cup 15 June trashed the city centre Wednesday. Police struggled with the mob element in the crowd of 100,000 gathered to […]

Massive turnout to protest UK budget cuts marred by spinoff group

Police in London have brought charges against 149 of 201 people arrested Sunday 27 March part of a violent group that spun off from a massive, peaceful rally in the British capital. At least 250,000 people took part in a march organized by the TUC, trade unions organization, to protest government spending cuts. Police have […]

Egyptian turmoil raises question of military’s power

Al Jazeera TV signal cut, told to shut down, while China blocks “Egypt” Twitter searches President Hos Mubarak, facing what Reuters refers to as “unprecedented pressure” on his regime, is holding closely watched meetings with military officials in the country, as Egypt has its sixth day of protests against Mubarak’s 30-year-old presidency. Saturday 29 January […]

Violence appears to grow in Tunisia, no official reports

Official reports are not being provided by the government in Tunisia detailing the number of protestors, dead and injured, but eyewitnesses are increasingly supplying reports of violent confrontations Wedneday evening 12 January. A curfew, the first since 1987, was not enough to keep people off suburban streets in Ettadhamen and Intilaka, 15 km from the […]

Swiss woman who works at Chuv killed in Tunisia

Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The riots in Tunisia drew closer to home in Switzerland Thursday with the death Wednesday evening 12 January of a Swiss-Tunisian woman who was a nurse for 30 years in Switzerland, employed by Chuv (university hospitals) in Lausanne. She was visiting the family home in Dar Chaabane, in the north of […]

Tunisia promises 300,000 new jobs and closes schools

President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia has announced a programme to create 300,000 new jobs between 2011 and 2012 in an effort to forestall continued unrest in his country, which he attributes to terrorist acts. The government also ordered schools and universities to close until further notice. The government has allocated $5b to create […]

Kashmir extends curfew

Twenty-two people, including 10 police officers, were injured in scattered incidents of violence in India’s Kashmir valley Sunday 12 September, as authorities extended the 24-hour curfew to various other towns in the valley. Saturday’s  riots in Srinagar, the capital of the troubled territory, came as people celebrated Eid, the end to the holy month of […]