Early Monday afternoon at the Shear Perfection hair salon, a stylist named Lisa Lentz decided to outrace it. Her one o’clock, a cut-and-color, was done, but two other clients had just canceled, and the ominous tone of Gary England, the meteorological oracle on News 9, commanded attention.
Ms. Lentz, 47, left the other stylists, who would soon be praying in the lemon-scented bathroom, plastic baskets over their heads like combat helmets. She hustled to her old minivan, redolent of pampered dogs and countless family journeys, and looked to the western sky: like smoldering charcoal, and all too familiar.
Not 10 miles to the southwest, in a two-story brick house in the small city of Newcastle, Shelly Codner, 50, was making the same reacquaintance, only from a closer angle. Two televisions were shouting a duet of warning, and an alert on her iPhone was…
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Condemnation of the terrorist attack on soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich on Wednesday has been strong and universal in Britain and around the world. Other than echoing the disgust that a soldier was so brutally executed in such a mediaeval style on British soil, and the admiration we all have for passers by who attempted to intervene, I have little to say on the Woolwich incident that hasn’t been expressed a thousand times over. Instead, I want to examine parallels this has with the topic that inspired the headline of this article: the riots in Stockholm.
Did you know that there are racial tensions in Sweden, of all places? The very centre of liberal social democracy, the model for a socially just and egalitarian society, and a nation with a flourishing far-right party, the Sweden Democrats.
As in London in 2011, the trigger of the riots was the police shooting…
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