Two (Plus 2) Opinion Pieces on the London Riots

Update 9/2011: Two more pieces on the London Riots.
Looking back after some time has passed…

Article One from 9/2/2011
Essex: Researchers say politicians partly to blame for recent riots

“People who trusted Government were less likely to break the law…The conclusion we drew was that their trust in politicians would make them less likely to engage in the illegal activity that we observed in the riots.”

Article Two from 8/31/2011
(Specific politicians’ reactions to the riots.)
David Cameron rejects claim politicians’ behaviour was to blame for riots

Our Original Post:

The Duke and Duchess of Peace strive for nonviolent solutions to problems. We do not in anyway condone the violence and looting happening in relation to the London riots that started in Tottenham and have spread. This is the third night of riots. We offer our empathy to the people of London, and hope that they find a nonviolent solution to this problem quickly.

For the purpose of reflection and study, we offer the following two opinion pieces, which give background and analysis concerning the situation:

The Daily Beast
London Burns as Riots Spread
“Prime Minister David Cameron rushes home as rioting escalates and violence spreads beyond the capital. The mayhem is mostly thuggery, but may reflect unresolved grievances against authority, says William Underhill” – The Daily Beast 8/8/2011

The Independent
Caring costs – but so do riots
An opinion piece by Camila Batmanghelidjh

“These rioters feel they don’t actually belong to the community. For years, they’ve felt cut adrift from society.” – Camila Batmanghelidjh 8/9/2011

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