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I tried to follow those upheavals as closely as I could from a distance. It seemed to me that economic issues, e.g. lack of employment opportunities, were probably a bigger factor than those of culture and religious ideology.
by Richard Lyon (rllyon@gmail.com) on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 02:08:33 PM EST
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But are the economic factors results of their ethnicity or religion?  Results of not being white and French born?

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire
by p------- on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 02:20:30 PM EST
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There are certainly people who have made such allegations. I've never seen any efforts to go out and try to do an in depth analysis of exactly who was doing the rioting, their backgrounds and their psychological profiles. While that information would be decidedly interesting, I somehow imagine that researchers would have some difficulty in locating "qualified" interview subjects. What I have seen is people in the media and on talk boards making broad sweeping generalizations about their backgrounds and motivations based on little more than the particular political axe that the particular pundit had to grind.
by Richard Lyon (rllyon@gmail.com) on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 02:27:39 PM EST
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