At least 1 million people again filled streets across France and disrupted traffic to protest a proposed retirement age hike. ITN’s Jonathan Rugman reports from Paris about the ongoing — and sometimes violent — demonstrations. Continue reading
French senators plan to move forward with a vote to raise the age of retirement from 60 to 62, despite growing protests over the measure. Jim Lehrer speaks with GlobalPost correspondent Mildrade Cherfils for more on the protests’ escalating violence. Continue reading
Supreme Court justices are considering a battle of First Amendment rights vs. individual privacy after members of a controversial church protested at the funeral of a U.S. Marine. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal describes Wednesday’s hearing and considers the issues being weighed by the court. Continue reading
As soon as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 into law in April, grassroots groups started protesting. One of the main organizers is 23-year-old artist and activist Ernesto Yerena, who, growing up, didn’t have to look very far to see that art and social issues could intersect.
In other news Wednesday, Taliban militants attacked one of NATO’s largest military bases in Afghanistan, killing a U.S. contractor and democrats in the Senate fell short in a bid to push financial reform to a final vote. Continue reading