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Anti-Government Protests Sweep Globe

Posted on in Economic Policy · International Relations

A wave of popular protest movements have ignited in countries throughout the world. The flashpoints vary from a subway fare hike in Chile; government corruption in Lebanon, Peru and Haiti; to a new law criminalizing extra-marital sex in Indonesia. Some analysts suggest that these varied movements stem from two major global trends: growing government distrust and economic inequality.

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“Anti-Government Protests Sweep the Globe”

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“Opinion: Chile protests shine light on economic inequality”

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  • Writing: Research the issue of income inequality. Is inequality a growing trend in most countries throughout the world? Are there noteworthy exceptions?
  • Debate: Government corruption is increasing throughout the world and is causing an increase in economic inequality.
  • Poll: Will this new string of protest movements see real change in government policy? Or just piecemeal changes to pacify protestors?
  • Short Answer: How can officials reassure protestors that they can reduce government corruption before protests become revolutions?

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