Nick Turse
A firefighter sprays water on the furniture store set on fire by rioters 	      last night in Croydon, south London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.A wave of violence 	      and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities 	      Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since 	      race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (Sang Tan)

A firefighter sprays water on the furniture store set on fire by rioters last night in Croydon, south London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (Sang Tan)

A girl jokes as a car burns after it was set on fire by rioters in Hackney, 	      east London, Monday Aug. 8, 2011. Youths set fire to shops and vehicles in 	      a host of areas of London _ which will host next summer’s Olympic Games _ 	      and clashed with police in the nation’s central city of Birmingham, as 	      authorities struggled to halt groups of rampaging young people. (Lefteris 	      Pitarakis)

A girl jokes as a car burns after it was set on fire by rioters in Hackney, east London, Monday Aug. 8, 2011. Youths set fire to shops and vehicles in a host of areas of London _ which will host next summer’s Olympic Games _ and clashed with police in the nation’s central city of Birmingham, as authorities struggled to halt groups of rampaging young people. (Lefteris Pitarakis)

A masked youth carries a toy backdropped by a burning car and garbage bins, 	      set on fire by rioters in Hackney, east London, Monday Aug. 8, 2011. Youths 	      set fire to shops and vehicles in a host of areas of London _ which will 	      host next summer’s Olympic Games _ and clashed with police in the nation’s 	      central city of Birmingham, as authorities struggled to halt groups of rampaging 	      young people. (Lefteris Pitarakis)

A masked youth carries a toy backdropped by a burning car and garbage bins, set on fire by rioters in Hackney, east London, Monday Aug. 8, 2011. Youths set fire to shops and vehicles in a host of areas of London _ which will host next summer’s Olympic Games _ and clashed with police in the nation’s central city of Birmingham, as authorities struggled to halt groups of rampaging young people. (Lefteris Pitarakis)

A Miss Selfridge shop burns in Market Street in Manchester city centre, England, 	      Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011. Britain began flooding London’s streets with 16,000 	      police officers Tuesday, nearly tripling their presence as the nation feared 	      its worst rioting in a generation would stretch into a fourth night. The 	      violence has turned buildings into burnt out carcasses, triggered massive 	      looting and spread to other U.K. cities. (Dave Thompson)

A Miss Selfridge shop burns in Market Street in Manchester city centre, England, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011. Britain began flooding London’s streets with 16,000 police officers Tuesday, nearly tripling their presence as the nation feared its worst rioting in a generation would stretch into a fourth night. The violence has turned buildings into burnt out carcasses, triggered massive looting and spread to other U.K. cities. (Dave Thompson)

Firefighters spray water onto building set on fire by rioters last night 	      in Croydon, south London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. A wave of violence and looting 	      raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, 	      as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race 	      riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (Sang Tan)

Firefighters spray water onto building set on fire by rioters last night in Croydon, south London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (Sang Tan)

A building burns as a riot police officer watches in Croydon, south London, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. Violence and looting spread across some of London’s most impoverished neighborhoods on Monday, with youths setting fire to shops and vehicles, during a third day of rioting in the city that will host next summer’s Olympic Games. (Dominic Lipinski)

A building burns as a riot police officer watches in Croydon, south London, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. Violence and looting spread across some of London’s most impoverished neighborhoods on Monday, with youths setting fire to shops and vehicles, during a third day of rioting in the city that will host next summer’s Olympic Games. (Dominic Lipinski)

People try to kick in the window of a jeweller’s shop near the Bullring shopping 	      centre in Birmingham, central England, as violence spread outside London 	      Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. Violence and looting spread across some of London’s 	      most impoverished neighborhoods on Monday, with youths setting fire to shops 	      and vehicles, during a third day of rioting in the city that will host next 	      summer’s Olympic Games. (David Jones)

People try to kick in the window of a jeweller’s shop near the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham, central England, as violence spread outside London Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. Violence and looting spread across some of London’s most impoverished neighborhoods on Monday, with youths setting fire to shops and vehicles, during a third day of rioting in the city that will host next summer’s Olympic Games. (David Jones)

A shop is set on fire as rioters gather in Croydon, south London, Monday, 	      Aug. 8, 2011. Violence and looting spread across some of London’s most 	      impoverished neighborhoods on Monday, with youths setting fire to shops and 	      vehicles, during a third day of rioting in the city that will host next summer’s 	      Olympic Games. (Sang Tan)

A shop is set on fire as rioters gather in Croydon, south London, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. Violence and looting spread across some of London’s most impoverished neighborhoods on Monday, with youths setting fire to shops and vehicles, during a third day of rioting in the city that will host next summer’s Olympic Games. (Sang Tan)

Youths walk past a car burning after it was set on fire by rioters in Hackney, 	      east London, Monday Aug. 8, 2011. A chaotic wave of violence and looting 	      raged across London and spread to three other major British cities on Tuesday, 	      as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race 	      riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (Lefteris Pitarakis)

Youths walk past a car burning after it was set on fire by rioters in Hackney, east London, Monday Aug. 8, 2011. A chaotic wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities on Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (Lefteris Pitarakis)

 Greece’s Paralyzing General Strike Turns Violent in Central Athens
May 11, 2011 - Athens, Greece -  Several hundred youths hurled projectiles, fire crackers and Molotov  coctails at police, who responded with volleys of tear gas and stun  grenades.Greece was paralyzed Wednesday by a nationwide general strike  as hundreds of thousansa of workers and civil servants walked off the  job in a 24-hour protest over the Socialist government’s ongoing  austerity program.  IMAGE: © Aristidis Vafeiadakis/ZUMA Press/Corbis

Greece’s Paralyzing General Strike Turns Violent in Central Athens

May 11, 2011 - Athens, Greece - Several hundred youths hurled projectiles, fire crackers and Molotov coctails at police, who responded with volleys of tear gas and stun grenades.Greece was paralyzed Wednesday by a nationwide general strike as hundreds of thousansa of workers and civil servants walked off the job in a 24-hour protest over the Socialist government’s ongoing austerity program.

IMAGE: © Aristidis Vafeiadakis/ZUMA Press/Corbis